The risk of catching the coronavirus is a mix of things you can and can’t control but there are a few lifestyle changes you can make to help protect yourself and others around you. Below are three easy and free lifestyle modifications that can make you less susceptible to succumbing to the virus.
- Sun Exposure – a majority of Americans are deficient in vitamin D because of a lack of sun exposure and this vitamin plays a crucial role in the immune response. Under the skin, dehydrocholesterol gets converted into Vitamin D3. When the human body is deficient in this vitamin, your immune system can’t defend you sufficiently against invading organisms and can make you far more likely to get infections.
As little as 15 minutes in the sun can make a big difference in the overall health of your immune system. The sun increases the release of powerful protective hormones that increase your immune system.
- Exercise – Exercise is important in your daily life regardless of any kind of pandemic but even more so when it comes to helping prevent yourself from getting sick. Exercise helps rid the body of bacteria and viruses out of the lungs and airways which helps reduce the chances of getting sick. Working out helps facilitate a change in white blood cells and antibodies to help fight disease. Going for a run or getting some work in with a jump rope can help increase the efficiency of the immune system 10x.
The benefits of exercise are realized when you are breathing heavily throughout the duration of the workout. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you are keeping your heart rate consistently elevated – take extra precaution if you are new to working out or have any kind of health issue.
Workouts with little to no rest, between sets, will dramatically increase your immune system to help fight viruses and bacteria. Exercise also helps slow down the release of stress hormones such as adrenaline. Lower stress hormones helps protect against illnesses.
- Sleep – Getting enough sleep is one of the most important things you can do on a daily basis. While asleep, your body repairs itself, muscle fibers heal and your immune system releases protective proteins called cytokines, which play a critical role in protection against foreign invaders such as virus infections and bacteria.
Without enough sleep, stress hormones increase and infection fighting antibodies are reduced or even eliminated. The best place to start is by getting to bed an hour earlier compared to your usual bed time.
The three above lifestyle changes are simple yet effective ways to boost your immune system and fight off not just coronavirus but all types of viruses and bacteria any day of the year. Spend less time being sick and more time doing the things you enjoy! Have any additional tips, feel free to leave your comments below.