5 Ways to Maintain Strong Immune System Support During the Summer
During the summer, most people don’t think about getting sick with the flu, a cold, or other respiratory illnesses. However, amid the COVID-19 crisis, it’s important to think about how you can support your immune system through the summer months.
As we’ve seen with COVID-19, it’s not dependent on colder temperatures to survive and spread. In fact, some of the states with the largest outbreaks are warmer states like Texas, Florida, and Louisiana.
How to Boost Your Immune System
With no effective treatment or vaccine for COVID-19, the next line of defense is to boost your immune system so it can fight off infections and viruses more effectively and efficiently. So, how can you help keep your immune system strong this summer? Consider following these 5 tips.
Physical activity and exercise can help strengthen the immune system—while this isn’t true for everyone, the general thought is: The stronger your body—the stronger your immune system! Exercise improves the body’s ability to flush out bacteria and germs. This can help decrease the risks of getting the flu, cold, or other illnesses.
The average person should strive to do about 30 minutes of exercise at least three times a week or more. Alternate days where you do cardio (running, walking, jogging, etc.) and weight training (lifting weights, using resistance bands, etc.) so that your body gets a well-balanced workout. Not sure what exercises are right for you? Consult with your doctor or a certified personal trainer.
2. Get Plenty of Sleep
When the body is well-rested, it’s in better shape to fight off infections and illnesses. On average, a person needs between six and eight hours of deep restful sleep a night. If you are having problems falling asleep, you might discover that using the other tips in this blog post could help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
When we sleep, the immune system produces and releases various proteins that help fight off infections and illnesses. When you don’t get enough sleep, production of these beneficial proteins decrease, so your risk of illnesses and infections increase.
Meditate, do yoga, take a hot bath or shower, or do something else that helps you destress and relax. The less stress you have, the stronger your immune system support. Even doing deep breathing for about five minutes can help!
Deep breathing helps lower cortisol levels—the hormone responsible for increased stressed. It also helps lower blood pressure, enhances blood flow, and improves automatic responses to maintaining reduced stress levels. Combined, these benefits are powerful at supporting the immune system.
4. Eat Healthier
Your diet says a lot about how well your body can fight off infections and illnesses. You want to make sure you are eating plenty of vegetables and fruits each day—foods rich in antioxidants, omega-3s, and vitamins A, C, D, and E. Each of these enables the body to produce more healthy cells and fight off infections, germs, and bacteria.
If you eat meat, poultry, and fish, make sure they are lean cuts, which provide protein for the body and add some fat. They are also packed full of essential vitamins and minerals your body needs.
For instance, poultry is a good source of B vitamins, choline, and selenium. The B vitamins help reduce stress. Choline reduces inflammation. Selenium is an antioxidant that helps support the immune system. Vegetable sources for these include legumes, whole grains and wheat germ, cruciferous vegetables, peanuts, Brazil nuts, and seeds.
5. Use Dietary and Nutritional Supplements
It can be difficult to get the proper nutrients our bodies need from our daily food intake. The use of dietary and nutritional supplements is beneficial in boosting the immune system by making up for deficiencies in our diets.
A multipurpose daily vitamin can help supplement any deficiencies. If you want to ensure you are getting the right amounts of other vitamins like vitamins A, C, D, E, or B vitamins, you can find supplements with just these vitamins.
For example, Vitamin D has actually been shown to potentially have benefits in decreasing the chance of being infected with COVID-19. Many Doctors suggest that all people should take 2000 IU and even up to 5000 IU of Vitamin D daily. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps fight infections, and vitamin C helps boost the immune system to fight of illnesses and diseases. Vegans should be sure to take a daily vitamin B12 supplement.
What Causes the Immune System to Weaken?
So now we know that not eating the right foods, stress, not exercising, not getting sufficient sleep, and vitamin deficiencies can impact your immune system health. Other things that could lead to a weakened immune system include:
- Recent Surgery
- Certain Medical Conditions
- Certain Prescriptions and Medications
- High-Fat Diets
- Spending Too Much Time Indoors
Tips to Reduce the Risks of Getting COVID-19 This Summer
As states and businesses continue to reopen, the risk of COVID-19 is still a threat. It is vital to continue to practice and follow safety precautions, including:
- Frequent Hand Washing/Hand Sanitizing
- Wearing a Face Mask Correctly
- Maintaining Safe Social Distance
- Avoiding Crowded Public Areas Where Social Distancing Is Not Possible
- Avoiding Unnecessary Shopping Trips
When out in public, potential exposure to COVID-19 is a risk wherever people are present. Businesses and local communities cannot guarantee you will not be exposed. As such, you should always review and follow important CDC safety guidelines.
In addition to using the above tips to help boost your immune system, you can use Cold-Fix as a prophylaxis to support your immune system and reduce the risk of getting the flu or a cold.
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