No one likes getting sick. Moreover, no one likes getting sick when they have to quarantine indoors for some time.
One of the biggest questions that still seem unanswered is: how to strengthen my immune system against COVID-19.
While it seems like nothing can really prevent you from catching the virus, not even social distancing, there is a huge buzz around having a strong immune system to help it adapt itself to the virus that you caught.
What Is The Purpose Of The Immune System?
Your immune system is a complex network of organs, cells, and proteins that protect your body from infection, viruses, and bacteria.
It is there to keep you feeling well, healthy, and strong. An immune system that is weakened will struggle to fight off virus outbreaks, and an overly strengthened immune system will cause allergies and autoimmune disorders.
Having a balanced immune system involves eating well, getting enough sleep, and giving your body enough time to rest when it gets sick.
Marilia Chamon, Nutritional Therapist @gutfulnessnutrition
What Happens To Your Immune System
As You Get Older As you get older, your immune system gets weaker. That's why elderly people struggle to recover from the flu, pneumonia, and Covid 19, and are at a greater risk of dying from these germs.
It is important for everyone to have a strong immune system, but most importantly for those aged 65+, who may struggle to fight off a virus that they catch by chance.
How To Strengthen Your Immune System Against Covid-19
Now you understand the importance of having a strong immune system to fight off a virus outbreak, here are 6 ways to strengthen your immune system to maintain good physical health.
Cut Down On Artificial Sugar, And Eat Plenty Of Vegetables
Maintaining a balanced diet each day is the first key to boosting your immune system.
Avoid artificial sugar and processed foods, and ensure you eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Include vegetables and fruits in each meal, such as sweet potatoes, citrus fruits, green vegetables, and healthy fats such as olive oil, and mushrooms.
Ensure that you are getting plenty of micronutrients that help to strengthen your immune system.
Each type of fruit and vegetable contains a vitamin that helps to keep your immune system boosted.
Take for example healthy oils such as almond oil, peanut oil, and sunflower oil, these are all foods rich in Vitamin E.
Proteins such as chicken, tuna, and salmon are rich in Vitamin B6, and fruits and vegetables, such as bananas, kiwis, and oranges are bursting in Vitamin C.
Boost your immune system by beginning with a healthy diet.
Add Plenty Of Vitamin D To Your Diet
Your Vitamin D levels play a big role in how your body responds to a viral infection.
Vitamin D is understood to help your body fight against germs by helping the T cells to do their job.
Furthermore, the patients that were hospitalized with Covid 19 with lower Vitamin D levels had a bigger chance of dying from the virus than being able to fight it off.
One way to improve your levels of vitamin D is by standing in the sun for 10-15 minutes each day.
However, you need to be careful as standing in the sun can increase your chance of getting skin cancer if you aren't wearing suncream.
If you have fair skin and easily burn, there are ways to ingest vitamin D as part of a healthy diet.
Eggs, sardines, tuna, salmon, and cod liver oil are all high doses of vitamin D and can help boost your immune system.
Furthermore, taking Vitamin D supplements can help you improve your vitamin D levels and boost your immune system.
Ensure You Are Getting Plenty of Quality Sleep
How much quality sleep you get is directly linked to your immune system.
While you are sleeping, your body is taking the time to recover from any illnesses and prepare for the day ahead.
A strong immune system is a sign that you are getting enough good quality sleep.
If you have a weak immune system or want to improve your immune function, then improving your sleep pattern may be exactly what's missing.
There are many ways to optimize your sleeping pattern:
Avoiding caffeine, avoiding looking at screens that emit blue light before bed, avoiding alcohol, and giving your room as much darkness as possible are some of the ways to get a better night's sleep.
Another way to improve your immune function by way of sleep is to take Cannabotech's Beauty Sleep drops.
Formulated with pharmaceutical-grade CBD oil and functional mushrooms, a few drops an hour before bed will help relax your body, clear your mind, and give you a deep sleep to help you wake up feeling refreshed.
Reduce Your Stress Levels and Risk of the Let-Down Effect
Avoid getting overly stressed, as having increased stress levels will directly have an impact on your immune function.
This is because when you are stressed, your body is releasing high levels of adrenaline.
This increased level of adrenaline puts your body in 'fight or flight' mode constantly, meaning you are almost never relaxed (and you certainly won't be sleeping well).
While your body is protecting itself by way of adrenaline during this stressful period, the minute you relax (usually when the stress calms down), your immune health will be so weak that you will almost instantly catch bacterial or viral infections.
This is your body's immune response to not being looked after for a long period of time, also known as the 'let-down effect'.
Ensuring that you remain calm and collected, even during periods of high stress, will keep your immune system strong, and give your immune cells every chance of fighting germs that enter your body.
Get Plenty of Exercise
Moving your body is not only linked to improving your immune health, but it also contributes to your mental and physical health.
Ensure that you are regularly exercising to not build muscle, de-stress, and have a generally healthy lifestyle.
Use Functional Mushrooms & CBD Oil to Naturally Boost Your Body
Functional mushrooms and CBD oil have been used for centuries in Asian cultures as a way to strengthen immune systems naturally.
Functional mushrooms such as Cordyceps mushrooms, Turkey Tail mushrooms, and Reishi mushrooms are all packed with powerful antioxidants and are helpful in supporting the immune system.
Furthermore, CBD oil has been proven to support your endocannabinoid system.
This system is responsible for all your physiological responses - including your immune system, stress, and sleeping patterns.
By absorbing CBD oil cannabinoids (which react similarly to the way cannabinoids in the Endocannabinoid system), you are supporting your physiological responses and giving your immune system a boost.
A Strong Immune System Won’t Prevent You from Getting Covid 19, but can Help You Fight It
When thinking of ways to strengthen your immune system against Covid 19, there is no '1 answer'.
Getting enough sleep, having a well-balanced diet full of nutritious foods, ensuring you have enough Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Vitamin E, and that you are partaking in regular physical activity are some of the ways to have a healthy immune system.
More research is needed to understand the role that your immune function plays when it comes to fighting off Covid 19.
However, by taking care of your overall health, you are ensuring that your immune cells have enough strength at fighting off invading pathogens and flu viruses.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does A Strong Immune System Help with Fighting Covid 19?
Yes. While physical distancing was once the answer to avoiding catching Covid 19, it is now evident that there is no easy way to avoid this virus forever.
A strong immune system will ensure that the specialized cells (T cells) in your body are able to fight off any unwanted germs and bacteria.
How Can I Strengthen My Immune System Naturally?
Getting enough sleep, ensuring you are partaking in physical activity on a regular basis, eating foods that are high in Vitamin C, D and E, and taking Immune-boosting supplements are ways to strengthen your immune system naturally.
What Should I Do to Boost My Immune System When I Get Sick?
If you catch Covid 19, the first thing you need to do is ensure that you take time off work or school to get enough rest. Ensure that you take immune-boosting supplements and are eating plenty of healthy proteins and avoid artificial sugar. The right foods should be fresh, healthy, and full of powerful antioxidants.
You may also be low in certain vitamins, make sure that you get a blood test once you are out of quarantine to see if you should take any supplements.