Tips for Boosting Your Immune System During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The environment is filled with viruses, bacteria, and parasites, and we are “attacked” all the time but are protected by white blood cells, which are responsible for cold and flu symptoms such as nasal congestion, cough, and runny nose as well as fever—in an effort to keep us safe.
But in order for your white blood cells (the cells in your immune system) to do their job—your body needs you to do yours!
Recognizing that your immune system is your body’s primary natural defense system against germs is step number one.
Step number two is understanding that now, more than ever, it’s crucial to keep your immune system strong. Why? Evidence has shown that people with compromised immune systems and underlying conditions are more susceptible to the effects of coronavirus.
Doing all we can to boost our immune systems and stay healthy can help our bodies stay strong during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is step number three.
While practicing proper hygiene, social distancing, and following other CDC guidelines are a must right now, there’s even more you can do—from the comfort and safety of your home—to help keep your immune system in tiptop shape.
Eating the Right Foods
Food is our primary source of fuel, providing energy and allowing our organs to function. If you’re wondering how to build immunity, consider including these food sources in your diet:
- Whole plant foods: Nutritious fruits and vegetables, legumes (beans, peas, lentils), seeds, and nuts have antioxidants to fight free radicals that cause inflammation. Some foods high in antioxidants include artichokes, blueberries, pecans, spinach, strawberries, red cabbage, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and dark chocolate.
- Healthy fats: Decrease inflammation and boost immune responses in the body. Inflammation is known to suppress the immune system; olive oil can help decrease your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes and fight off bacteria and viruses, while salmon and chia seeds have omega-3 fatty acids that also fight inflammation.
- Carbohydrates, fats, and protein: The human body needs vitamins, minerals, and a variety of nutrients to maintain and repair itself. A nutrient-rich diet promotes better health and has also been found to aid in disease prevention.
Supplying Your Body with Good Bacteria
Yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, and other fermented foods provide your digestive tract with probiotics, or bacteria that help build immunity. One benefit of these bacteria is they help immune cells differentiate between healthy cells and foreign invaders. The balance of our gut microbiome has a major impact on our health. Prebiotics and probiotics can be obtained from plant-based foods and whole grains as well as supplements.
A moderate amount of exercise increases production of immune cells called microphages. These attack many pathogens, including bacteria that trigger upper respiratory tract infections. Physical activity improves blood circulation but has its limits. It’s important to recover between workouts to get the most benefits, or else you can wear yourself out.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise every week. Helpful activities include brisk walking, house chores, aerobics, and other muscle strengthening activities.
Boost Your Immune System
Cold-Fix can help boost your body’s immune system—and has been trusted worldwide for nearly 20 years. Cold-Fix is a homeopathic product that can help increase the activity of immune cells and boost antibody production to help prevent cold or flu symptoms.
To help keep your immune system strong, consider these suggestions if they feel right for you and you’ve consulted with your primary care physician. And keep checking for updates on guidelines and recommendations set by the CDC and World Health Organization.
Stay safe and healthy!