Start putting all of these self-care practices in place and share them with your friends and family!
Get sound sleep of at least 7 hours. Sleep is important to optimal immune function and it is when your body repairs itself. Anything less than 7 hours tells on your health; and, according to a study by the Sleep Research Society, those who sleep only 5-6 hours per night are 4.5 more times susceptible to catching a cold.
Make whole based nutrient rich food your priority, consider eating warm and cooked, veggies, proteins and broths. Your diet provides building blocks used by your immune system to fight illness, and without those resources, your immune system diminishes.
Avoid processed foods, excess sugar, dairy, sticky, greasy foods. Why? Because they cause phlegm or fluid buildup in the body, which will cause general inflammation and back up of fluids. Your immune system will be working harder than it needs to, instead of improving your body defenses.
Add in OTC supplements (make sure they don’t interact with your medications or consult with a doctor first). Optimize your vitamin D, zinc, and vitamin C levels. These nutrients are particularly important for peak immune function and may be depleted in the typical American diet and in the darker months of winter.
Deficiency in vitamin D is associated with increased autoimmunity as well as an increased susceptibility to infection. Taking 400–800 IU of vitamin D should meet the needs of 97–98% of healthy people.
Vitamin C helps to stimulate both the production and function of many of these types of white blood cells. It is recommended that adult men take 90mg a day, and women 75mg a day.
Drink enough water. Drinking enough water helps keep our whole system functioning optimally, including our immune systems. COVID-19 can often present with very dry respiratory symptoms, so make sure to drink plenty of fluids and try to avoid or reduce caffeine, which will dehydrate you.
Reduce stress! Yes, easier said than done, but prolonged, toxic stress inhibits immune function, so whether it is fear about the virus or excess stress at home or work, do what you can to give your system a break and restore.
Come in for acupuncture. It’s a powerful immune booster! Studies have shown that acupuncture helps the brain increase the body’s level of T-cells, which are the cells that destroy bacteria and harmful viruses in the body. Acupuncture does this by provoking the body’s immune response through the use of the needles: the body thinks the needles are a threat and marshal their white cell and T-cell count to fight them off. The positive effect of this lasts days after the acupuncture session, making your body a bacteria and virus fighting machine.
If you are in need of acupuncture that provides results, Mirvana Acupuncture is here to help.
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