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.
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.
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.
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.
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.