As we all know, staying home is more important than ever these days. COVID-19 has different effects on every individual, with the disease fatal for certain people, while others have mild to no symptoms at all.
As the number of cases continue to rise, you might be wondering if you will eventually get sick at some point. That said, it makes more sense to be prepared and do your best to strengthen your immunity while you’re at home. So, here are 5 ways for you to build your immunity during a pandemic:
1. Stay active
Now that we’re spending more time at home, you might be tempted to simply lay around all day watching your favourite movies and TV shows. However, it’s more important now than ever to keep moving and remain active. Regular physical activity can boost your metabolic and immune systems, as your body is more capable of producing T-cells and antibodies and circulate them quickly.
Moreover, exercise makes you sweat, which can expel toxins from the body, as well as promote the production of endorphins and lower the level of stress hormones in your body.
2. Eat well
I’m sure you hear this all the time, but, you are what you eat. Our immune systems can be impacted by the food and drinks we consume. When you have a healthy gut, you also have a healthy immune system. So, be sure to load up on healthy food to boost your immunity. Eat more fruits and vegetables, and minimise your intake of junk food and sweets.
3. Stay hydrated
Skip the sodas and juices and try to minimise your caffeine and alcohol intake. Drink enough water to eliminate harmful toxins from the body and deliver oxygen to all your cells. Not a fan of plain water? Infuse your water with slices of lemon, cucumber, lime or even some berries to give it a delicious natural flavour (and extra nutrients too!).
4. Sleep well
You might be tempted to stay up all night for a Netflix marathon, but don’t forget that your body needs sleep to regenerate and strengthen your immune system. Lack of sleep causes your body to produce more stress hormones, which can negatively affect your immunity. So, make it a priority to get at least 7 hours of sleep every night.
5. Don’t stress
As you may already know, stress is bad for your immune system. Being mindful could help you stop worrying so much about COVID-19 and the changes happening around you. Perhaps try some yoga while being guided by an audio personal trainer to practice mindfulness and decrease stress and anxiety levels.