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7 Ways To Reduce Stress And Improve Immune System Against Coronavirus

7 Ways To Reduce Stress And Improve Immune System Against Coronavirus

Everywhere we turn it seems we can not get away from news on the Coronavirus. As the coronavirus spreads, so does the fear and uncertainty. While it is great to be informed and to know that our governments are taking the necessary steps to stop the spread of this Coronavirus strain it is having a double edged sword effect. We are hearing about how to reduce exposure and take care of ourselves if we get sick. We are also hearing and seeing fear almost minute by minute.That is the double edged sword,it is actually producing stress in many. That stress can actually weaken our immune system .Plus we are not hearing much about how we can boost our immunity so that if we do get exposed to the virus—or worse, we get sick—our body can effectively fight back.

Immune System

The immune system is designed to fight off infection and disease. It has a number of ways to detect and destroy anything it recognizes as foreign to your body. This includes bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites or any unhealthy cells such as cancer cells However the immune system can get worn down by many things typical of a modern life. Stress, toxins, lack of exercise, and unhealthy eating. This prevents our bodies from effectively fighting off illnesses..

With the coronavirus continuing to spread:it’s more important than ever to learn how to support your immune system.The strength of our immune system also varies from person to person. Plus from day to day its ability to fight off infection fluctuates depending on many factors.

Here are 7 Ways To Reduce Stress And Improve Immune System Against Coronavirus.

1.Wash Your Hands

Ok this one is pretty straight forward. Wash your hands using proper techniques and either soap or hand sanitizer. The truth is old fashioned soap and water is sufficient to kill 95% of germs. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. When I was teaching my son how to wash his hands we used the tried and true method of singing Happy Birthday song. The chorus is about 20 seconds long.

2. Reducing Stress

While it is always a good idea to be prepared for an emergency and to keep a supply on hand. Panic buying should not be done. You must keep in mind that stress hormones tax the immune system, making its response to viral infections less effective. So when we buy and stockpile supplies or panic in other ways,we are stressing our bodies.

In short supply, the stress hormone cortisol can boost immunity by limiting inflammation. But, once it crosses a certain threshold, too much cortisol in the blood opens the door for more inflammation. Stress also negatively impacts the production of lymphocytes — the white blood cells that are the body’s first line of defense against infection — putting you at risk of viral disease.  See Inflammation And The Use Of CBD To Alleviate Pain

Remember, the effects of stress are cumulative, meaning even ordinary, day-to-day activities can eventually lead to more serious health issues.So one of the most important ways to boost immunity is to reduce stress. Take breaks when you need them (both short “water-cooler” breaks and longer vacations), and to employ some calming or relaxing stress-reduction techniques, like practicing mindfulness.

One of my favorite type of supplements is cbd oil. It has been shown to calm and help your stress hormones to rebalance. It has also been researched as having anti viral properties and can reduce inflammation. All of which are designed to help your immune system.

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3.Eat a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables

The immune system is the body’s natural defense system. It’s rather well established that people who live in poverty and are malnourished are more vulnerable to infectious diseases. We need plenty of fruits and vegetables. Although there are have been few studies that tie the effects of nutrition directly to the development of infectious diseases, there is evidence pointing to the fact that various micronutrient deficiencies — such as those of zinc, selenium, iron, copper, folic acid, and vitamins A, B6, C, and E,  — can alter the immune response in animals.

Another common deficiency is vitamin D. Vitamin D is very important for our immune system and ability to stay healthy and fight off viruses. The World Health Organization has recognized that Vitamin D deficiency is common and increased levels of vitamin D may help safeguard against respiratory infections.  Vitamin D for Prevention of Respiratory Tract Infections. (1) There are several different ways vitamin D helps our immune system fight respiratory infections.

As you can see there are many different kinds.The ones above are the ones I have used and all are excellent choices.

4.Don’t smoke

If you have been wanting or thinking about quiting now is the perfect time.

Smoking tobacco has several effects on immune system health, such as:

  • greater susceptibility to infections such as pneumonia and influenza;
  • more severe and longer-lasting illnesses;
  • lower levels of protective antioxidants (such as vitamin C), in the blood.

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5. Adequate Sleep 

Many of us walk around this world in a state of constant exhaustion. But every time we stay awake when our bodies want us to sleep, we increase stress and hurt our immunity. If we’re drinking caffeinated drinks all the time (e.g., coffee, black tea, soda) we may not even realize just how tired we really are. Sleeping is essential to rebuilding a struggling immune system.The optimal amount of sleep for most adults is between 7 and 8 hours. However, school-aged children and teenagers might need up to 10 hours of sleep. It is restorative.

6. Plenty of Exercise and Sunshine

Regular exercise promotes cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps control body weight, and offers protection against diseases. Exercise also improves blood circulation, allowing immune system cells to move through the body more freely and do their job more effectively.

Although scientists have yet to establish a direct link between exercise and immune system health, it’s reasonable to presume that moderate regular exercise can help prevent disease by promoting overall health.

7.Toxins In Our Environment

Toxins can be devastating for the immune system. For example, mycotoxins from mold are notorious for destroying the immune system. Many other toxins seem to have negative effects on immunity as well. So try to minimize exposure to chlorinated drinking water, pesticides, aromatic hydrocarbons (e.g., air fresheners), heavy metals, air pollution, and food additives. Negativity is also a toxin. Negative talk,negative emotions for example can all produce stress and inflammation within the body. Some environmental toxins we can not totally control. You will be surprised on how many we can control however.

Together we can come out of this better,stronger and healthier than ever before. The time to start is today.

 

20 comments

  1. Well, this seems like a very good post and also a good recommendation that I should be able to use myself to do away with the virus. When it all started, I understand that they said that having a strong immune system can really help to prevent one from having the virus. Atleast it gives on a higher chance of preventing. Seeing tips on how to improve my immune system just makes it even better. I’m going to make sure to take your advice and tweak my lifestyle to fit into your tips here.

    1. Thank you for commenting. Anytime that you can do to improve your immune system you give yourself a better chance against viruses. Even the flu. Personally I have not been sick in over 3 years. Between regular exercise,a good cbd product and regular vitamins. To name a few I also stay away from fast food.

  2. Hello, 

    This was a well written and informative article. 

    We are living in very strange and stressful times just now. 

    We need to do as much as possible to look after our own health and your article had some really useful advice. 

    I liked your idea of singing Happy Birthday with your son for 20 seconds while handwashing as that made me smile. 

    It’s a song that always has good connotations for everyone regardless of their age. 

    Best wishes, 

    Cameron

    1. I am glad you got a smile out of the hand washing tip. The other good song for that is If your happy and you know it clap your hands. LOL It makes teaching little ones and even adults fun. Check back often or sign up for the newsletter for more healthy tips.

  3. Thanks for this informative article. I am a big believer in #3 and #6. 

    What we eat plays such a huge role in our health especially the boost our immune system gets from eating fruits and vegetables. I especially look for those that are high in Vitamin C. At a minimum I try to take in at least 500 – 750 mg per day. I can’t even remember the last time I’ve even had so much as a scratchy throat. My daughter just turned 18, and a few months ago, she says to me, “You know dad, I don’t think I can ever remember a time when you’ve been sick.”  

    I also try to exercise at least 4-5 times per week. The one point that I need to work on is getting enough continuous sleep. My guess is that I may get 3-4 hours of continuous sleep. And then I might pick up 2-3 more throughout the day. This pandemic has really done a number on my sleep cycle, that’s for sure. 

    Thanks again for the article, I appreciate the information. Have a great day!

    1. You are very right. Since I started becoming more aware of my own health and the adverse reactions of medical pharmaceuticals, I implemented a more natural approach. Since then I have not even had a head cold in about 3 years now. Besides sleep which you have pointed out especially since the pandemic. I would also suggest upping your vitamin D intake. The sleep schedule,if you can get on a regular schedule is very important for ultimate health. Have you tried yoga or meditation before bed and also in the morning? I find that it does help somewhat.

  4. Hello there, , stress is something we really can’t remove from our life and we all have to be careful about dealing with it and in times like this, we have to do well with making our immune system stronger and that should be a priority. With all these articles online, it will be good for all. 

  5. Love your post! I can totally relate to what you’re saying. It makes total sense to me to reduce your stress and improve your immune system against the Corona Virus. It’s a scary thing right now.
    I believe in natural approaches to treating things. I’ve done some reading about the Corona virus and how you can strengthen your immune system & reduce your stress and these 7 tips are right on.
    I’ve always sanitized and washed my hands and never smoked so I’m on the right track.
    But eating right is right up there too.
    Great article. Thanks!

    1. Eating right is one thing people tend to forget sometimes. Not sure why,maybe because we have such instant access to junk food now. Years ago when I was young most of our shopping was done not in the grocery store but in the garden and farm. We were healthier back then too,not as much processed food.

  6. Ok I like your article it shows concern about whats taking place in our community at the present time.These are great percussions to take at this point in time.The points on taking care of your immune system is great because alot of individuals would not know that you could take this advise when it comes to keeping yourself safe with the fight against the covid 19 virus.Great workm

    1. Absolutely we should be taking care of our immune system .Not just because of covid 19 either but to help against any virus or chronic conditions.

  7. We are living in a very stressful time at the moment. The not knowing when and if it’s going to end is very hard to deal with. I totally believe in eating fresh fruit and vegetables regularly helps to keep our immune system strong and exercising is a huge stress reliever. I’m lucky I live in a warm climate so I get natural vitamin D every day when I swim. Sleep is another factor of staying healthy. I suffer from arthritis and I have been thinking about getting some CBD oil, do you think it would help? 

    1. I agree with you fruits,vegetables and natural vitamin D are so important to our immune systems. As far as the cbd for arthritis I can say from personal experience yes it does work. I have osteoarthritis mainly in my back and hip area. I take a combination of cbd oil and topical cbd pain ointment. For the cbd oil I use the 3500 mg 3 drops per day and then the ointment as needed.

  8. I am 63 now, and counting… So, having a balance diet and eating vegetables and fruits appropriately is a must by now. Nowadays with all the consequences that a lockdown and the virus might bring, I have double checked my vitamins and nutrients requirement. Protecting our immune system is crucial to avoid infectious disease, and sleeping well, too. 

    Your article about ways to to reduce stress and improve immune system definitely has got right in the target. In Panama, we still can´t go out in a daily bases, so I try to get sunshine the best as I can. We are allowed to go out for 2 hours in two days a week, so that said, it has been very rough here.  

    Thanks for your post. It has been very informative.

    1. Wow did not realize Panama was still being so strict on this.Best of wishes to you. Have you tried a sun lamp for some vitamin d ? I have not tried myself but I hear that some doctors recommend them. 

  9. That is a very different article about Covid that I haven’t seen yet, but I’m glad I read it.  It’s crazy to think that our stress from Covid is making us more susceptible to it by weakening our immune systems.  It’s also very interesting what you said about CBD oil helping you relax as well as help with inflammation.  Do you take it yourself or know someone who does? If so, what kind of experiences have you, or they, had with it?

    1. Yes stress from covid affecting our immune system is something that you do not hear about to much so I wanted to write about it. Stress of any kind really can compromise our immune systems so it is always a good idea to look at it and try to eliminate as much stress as possible in our lifes. Yes I do take cbd oil for copd (chronic obstructive pulmanary desease) and also for my osteo arthritis. On both counts it works. Best I have felt in years since taking it regularly. I take 3 to 4 drops per day of the 3500 mg. It took about 3 weeks and I started seeing great improvement especially in my inflammation levels going down.

  10. I like the last part. Negativity is bad for our immune systems. We need to stay positive and believe we shall pull through this period of Covid 19. I also picked up the part about exercise. Regular exercise strengthens the immune system significantly. Going out into the sunshine is a problem when there is a lockdown. How do we catch the sun if we have to stay locked indoors. CBD oil should calm our nerves and reduce stress for our immune system to function well. Thanks for this article.

    1. All good questions and comments,thank you. One of your questions was about going out in the sun,while that is optimal for vitamin D you could also use a sunlamp on the inside there have been a lot of resarch into light therapy if you cant go outside. Exercise is especially important for our immune systems again if you can not go out because of lock down or rain,you could try taking a walk inside the house even if you are walking up and down your hallway it is still exercise. Have fun with it.

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