is everyone doing out there? Doing your best to adjust to the strangeness of life right now?
I hope you’re feeling well. And that
would be because your immune system is working properly.
you know your immunity is a system of the body? This system is a group of
organs and special cells that protect you from disease.
During this time of
COVID-19, the importance of a good immune system cannot be ignored. Let’s look
at some steps to strengthen your immune system.
Get enough sleep
our immune system releases cytokines while we are sleeping, which regulate
immunity. These cytokines decrease when we are not sleeping well, along with decreased
infection fighting antibodies. It’s
worthwhile to keep your sleep schedule regular, avoid sleeping in and try for
7-8 hours per night.
Nutrition and diet
nutritious foods. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends a diet rich in
fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish, eggs, nuts and seeds that are low in
saturated fat and cholesterol. Perhaps we’ve been going for comfort food more
than we should have right now, so moderation is the key. Hydration is
important, especially water.
Start or continue an exercise program
a daily walk or participating in an exercise routine a few times a week can
flush bacteria out of your lungs and airways. Your body just functions better
with exercise, prevents physical problems and can lighten your mood.
under constant stress, even low-grade stress, causes the body to produce too much cortisol,
the stress hormone. Over time, elevated cortisol lowers your resistance to
fighting off infection. Worry, anxiety, loneliness, and concern are things we all
feel right now, even at greater levels than usual.
Here’s where we can be
mindful; meditation and prayer are essential.
We can always add frequent
handwashing and keeping your vaccinations up to date to this list.
Give thanks to God for your immune system;
your health is one of your most valuable gifts.