We often hear that the “immune compromised” are the ones more likely to experience a serious illness. And that’s true, although anyone can suffer a bad cold or flu even if without a pre-existing condition. But generally speaking, those with a healthier immune system will fare better during cold and flu season.
Right now we’re all interested in boosting our immunity as much as possible, to avoid contracting the novel coronavirus (or anything else, for that matter). There are never any guarantees, but the following steps can boost your immune system and help you reduce your risk of serious illness.
Eat a healthy diet. As you follow your weight loss plan, you will be encouraged to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. You will also avoid sugar and processed foods that can create inflammation in the body. We have good news: This dietary regimen is good for your immune system, too!
Get plenty of sunshine. Even if you’re practicing social distancing, you can still go outside in your own yard. Sunlight prompts the body to produce vitamin D, which is important to your immune system.
Exercise. Exercise keeps you in shape, can prevent high blood pressure and diabetes, and lowers your risk for many diseases. Even if you can’t get to the gym right now, try working out at home or taking walks in your neighborhood.
Reduce stress. Stress can actually throw off your hormonal balances and harm your immune system, so take the steps to address and reduce it.
Get regular sleep. Insomnia or irregular sleep patterns can also impair your immunity. Do what it takes to get eight hours of quality sleep each night.
Take care of your gut biome. Plant-based foods, yogurt, and fermented foods help to promote a healthy gut, which translates into a healthier immune system.
Give up harmful habits. Drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes can create inflammation in the body and impair immunity. In particular, smokers are more susceptible to infections in their lungs.
Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and going out into public. Avoid touching your face because that’s how germs are transferred from objects to your hands, and then into your body via your eyes, nose, and mouth.
If you have any questions about how to adjust your weight loss plan to reflect your lifestyle at this time, give us a call. We can evaluate your habits and help you to formulate an eating plan or exercise regimen to meet your goals.