For more than a year, we’ve been battling COVID-19. Now as the second wave of COVID-19 infections is being reported across the globe, it is increasingly becoming important to strengthen our immune systems because they protect us not only from the novel coronavirus but also from infectious chemicals, germs, and cell changes that can cause illness.
Here are some natural ways to improve your immunity:
Good sleep is essential: Maintaining a healthy immune system requires adequate sleep. Having enough rest and sleep while you’re sick would naturally help to improve your immunity.
Maintain a nutritious diet: It’s important to maintain a balanced diet to keep the immune system in order. Whole plant foods, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and legumes, are high in nutrients and antioxidants, which aid in the fight against pathogens. Healthy fats like those found in olive oils, salmon, etc. have anti-inflammatory properties that help the body battle against disease-causing bacteria and viruses. It is important to avoid added sugars because they contribute to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart risks thus affecting the immune system.
Regular exercise is essential: Moderate exercise can help to minimize inflammation and encourage a healthy immune cell turnover. Exercising daily is beneficial to both the body and the mind.
Drink plenty of water: It is important to drink water to keep your body healthy. Dehydration can lead to a variety of issues, including indigestion, headaches, decreased physical activity, and issues with kidney function.
Manage your stress levels: Stress and anxiety relief are important for immune health. Long-term stress causes inflammation and immune cell function imbalances. Yoga, meditation, dance, and listening to calming music, can all be used to reduce stress levels.
Regular health checkups: Daily health checkups should be prioritized in terms of both time and money. Health conditions such as diabetes, cholesterol, and other diseases may weaken the immune system, raising the risk of infection.