• Tricia Arriagada

Covid-19 cases are on the rise. Here's What You Can Do to Lessen the Symptoms.

With Covid cases on the rise you may be more diligent about following CDC recommendations. Wearing a mask in public settings, washing your hands with soap and water, and practicing social distancing just to name a few. But what if despite your best efforts to stay safe, you contract Covid. You may not be able to protect yourself from the virus but you can protect yourself from the devastating effects by strengthening your immune system. According to the book Super Immunity by Joel Fuhrman, there are primary factors of whether you get sick or not and how sick you get when you do get sick.

1. The amount of exposure. How much of the virus was present in the exposure.

2. The virulence of the microbe. In other words how powerful the virus is.

3. Your immune system's response. Could your immune system work quickly enough to remove the virus before it replicates?

4. Your health and nutrition. Is your immune system compromised or is it able to work to it's full potential to control the invasion of normal cells?

If you are unable to protect yourself from exposure to the virus there are some things you can do to strengthen your immune system through nutrition and exercise. Here are my top ten tips for strengthening your immune system.

  1. Get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week. Spread this time throughout the week and avoid overtraining.

  2. Minimize stress and incorporate more self-care into your daily routines.

  3. Meditate. Mediation boosts antibodies and stimulates the command center of the brain that controls the immune system.

  4. Get adequate sleep, seven to eight hours.

  5. Drink alcohol in moderation.

  6. Maintain a healthy weight.

  7. Eat more whole plant foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and legumes.

  8. Supplement with Zinc, Vitamin D, and Elderberry Extract.

  9. Reduce your sugar intake.

  10. Eat foods with probiotics and stay hydrated.

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