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Boosting Your Immune System Under a Epidemic



Boosting Your Immune System Under a Epidemic

With no one having been exposed to COVID-19 before the epidemic, our immune systems are weak to it. In fact, our immune systems may already be weaker due to our increased time spent indoors as we wait for the virus to pass. Many are exercising less, receiving less sunlight, and fueling themselves on poor diets under quarantine – however, there are many ways to rebuild our insides.

The immune system is our body’s built-in defense to fight off illness and disease. When functioning properly, our bodies can identify invading antigens and keep them at bay. The most common antigens causing sickness include bacterias, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Antigens related to the novel coronavirus are especially threatening.

If you’re exposed to COVID-19 antigens, the results may vary. If your immune system is healthy, there is a chance you may fight it off. If your immune system is weak, you may go on to show symptoms. Seeing a doctor is the only way to receive a proper diagnosis.

However, antigens are everywhere – in our homes, public places, even outdoors. Although a healthy immune system creates barriers preventing antigens from entering our bodies, there is a chance it can slip through. If this happens, our white blood cells take over in attacking the invading antigen. White blood cells work hard to destroy antigens before they can reproduce, making it easier for us to fight off illness.

Still, we can’t leave it up to our bodies to do all of the work. With most of us spending our days under quarantine, it’s up to us to keep our systems healthy. You can do so through exercise, proper dieting, taking vitamins, and staying up-to-date on your vaccinations.

Try 30-60 minutes of exercise each day. Such activity helps lower your cortisol, which is the stress hormone. Exercising indoors can work, but stay away from gyms and public places should you choose to exercise out of your home. Furthermore, be sure not to engage in too much exercise – a study from this year identified high-performance athletes with higher risks of contracting COVID-19.

Additionally, nutrient-rich foods are recommended. Leafy vegetables, nuts, and berries will do the trick. Dr. Morgan Katz, Professor of Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University, also recommends trying probiotics, “[They] help to support the good bacteria that live in your body, which help to fight bad bacteria or viruses.” Still, consult with your doctor before experimenting with probiotics. Having too much good bacteria is very possible. On the other hand, avoid foods containing too much sugar or trans fat. High quantities of sugar in your system can slow down your immune system. 

Next, treat your body to the vitamins it needs to stay in fine condition. Vitamins A, C, D, and E support immune function, as well as Magnesium, Selenium, and Zinc. However, vitamins can’t do all of the work for you. There is no known way to boost your immune system if you’ve already contracted an illness. Furthermore, many people believe vitamin C isn’t the super immune booster it’s known as; however, a 2016 survey found that daily vitamin C intake had no effect on cold incidence. 

In times like these, it’s important to know your body, and there are many more ways to improve your internal health. Find more hacks for boosting your immune system below.

Boosting Your Immune System Under a Epidemic

Brian Wallace is the Founder and President of NowSourcing, an industry leading infographic design agency , based in Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH which works with companies that range from startups to Fortune 500s. Brian also runs #LinkedInLocal events nationwide, hosts the Next Action Podcast, and has been named a Google Small Business Advisor for 2016-present and joined the SXSW Advisory Board in 2019. Follow Brian Wallace on LinkedIn as well as Twitter.