With all that is going on currently with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), it is important that we take the necessary preventative measures. One thing we could be doing is focusing on strengthening our immune system which protects us from diseases caused by bacteria, viruses and toxins.
Here are some ways that may help boost our immune systems:
Foods rich in Vitamin C
Registered dietitian Juila Zumpano, says Vitamin C is one of the strongest immune boosters. A lack of this vitamin can make us more prone to getting sick. Foods that contain Vitamin C include oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, strawberries, bell peppers, spinach, kale and broccoli. Our body does not naturally produce Vitamin C so it is important that we incorporate some of these foods into our daily routine.
This vitamin is crucial to supporting biochemical reactions to the immune systems. Some foods containing Vitamin B6 include chicken and cold-water fish such as salmon and tuna, green vegetables and chickpeas.
Zumpano says, “Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps the body fight off infection.” Foods containing this include nuts, seeds and spinach.
If you’re going to the grocery store, look out for enoki, shitaki or oyster mushrooms. Dr. Mehmet Oz says that these are an excellent immunity booster’s, “They are also loaded with ergothioneine, a powerful antioxidant, that does not get destroyed during the cooking process.”
Dr. Oz also mentions that adding avocados to your diet is an easy way to support your adrenal function and health, which helps regulate your immune system.
Ginger is on Dr. Oz’s natural immunity booster list, “According to Ayurvedic traditions, ginger warms the body and helps to break down the accumulation of toxins in the organs, particularly in the lungs and sinuses. Ayurveda also believes that ginger helps to cleanse the lymphatic system, which is our body’s sewage system. By helping keep your airways and lymphatics open, ginger may help prevent the accumulation of the toxins that may increase your risk of infection.”
Foods high in fiber
Fiber-rich foods are known to lower bad cholesterol. Some foods include oatmeal, bananas, apples, mangos, dark-colored vegetables, beans, and legumes.
These seeds are packed with magnesium, which can help lower your blood pressure and may reduce your risk for heart attacks or stroke.
Dr. Oz suggests using sage extract as a natural expectorant. Sage helps your body move mucus out of your respiratory tract and helps to calm your cough. You can try using a drop of sage extract in tea or hot water.
Get at least 7 hours of sleep
Cytokines are a type of protein that targets infection and inflammation. Without sufficient sleep your body makes fewer cytokines, effectively creating a weakened immune response.
Get a humidifier
Dr. Oz advises getting a humidifier can protect your immunity because viruses dislike humid air.
Aim for 30 minutes every other day. Exercise may contribute even more directly by promoting good circulation and allowing cells and substances of the immune system to move through the body freely.