Are you doing all you can to boost your body’s immune system? Every time you flip on your television there’s an update on the coronavirus. The unknown of new diseases can be scary, but experts say that the regular seasonal flu poses much more of a risk to Americans than the coronavirus.
It’s important to take the proper safety precautions, such as frequently washing your hands, covering your sneezes, and staying home if you feel ill. But all year around, you must also nurture your body. Rest, diet, exercise, and stress management all help equip your body to dodge diseases and recover faster if you do get sick. This is particularly crucial for older adults or anyone with a suppressed immune system.
No, nutrition, exercise and rest will not prevent flu. But these simple tips can help keep you in the strongest form possible.
Nosh on nutrients. Food can be good medicine, which is why it’s vital to consume dishes rich in vitamins and minerals. Many Americans are deficient in these essential nutrients either because of poor diet choices or not being educated on which foods can fuel your body.
Luckily, you don’t need to break the bank to purchase powerful, immune-boosting foods. The following items can be purchased for under $5 at any supermarket:
Stop stressing. While it’s tempting to get triggered by daily stressors such as someone cutting you off on the highway, it’s not worth engaging. Try to take a deep breath and let it go.
Stress sparks a reaction that floods the body with the fight-or-flight hormones: adrenaline and cortisol. Those are great to flee a dangerous situation, but a constant flow is harmful to your well-being.
Practicing daily relaxation exercises can increase your tolerance for stress. It takes less than five minutes a day to mend your mood and lift your spirits.
Engage in exercise. When your body is healthy, it functions better — and that includes the immune system. If you’re new to fitness, start with 20 minutes a day, five times a week. Here are a few foundation moves that should be included in everyone’s exercise routine: