In the wake of this crisis, there are a number of things people must account for, but above all is your health. You are the culmination of all your patterns, all your intakes, and all your outputs. This is an ample time to provide reflection and create a positive path moving forward. In that regard, your health and wellness are the focal point. Everyone is focusing on how they can improve their immune system and potentially be healthier in spite of a looming threat. Let’s use this time wisely and break down how you would do exactly that.
Nutrition and Immunity
You are what you eat. If you eat a high sugar and saturated fat diet, your body will reflect that. If you eat a diet rich in phytocompounds, antioxidants, and unsaturated fats, your body will reflect that as well. Therefore, now is a time to be honest with yourself: are you consuming things innately helping your health? Your immune system is complex, and trying to encapsulate it within a small article is foolish, but there are dietary focuses that can be done immediately to help it.
1. Focus on foods with a high micronutrient density. These are foods, such as plants and veggies, which are rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory factors, and healthy fats. Foods within this subcategory are: plants, veggies, nuts, fish, among others. Starchy or high saturated fat foods, potatoes and non-lean cuts of beef for example, are on the opposite end of this spectrum. Reflect upon your food choices right now and angle your diet towards getting the micronutrients you need.
2. Vitamins and supplements. Plenty of people are buying out all the vitamin C and Zinc they can possibly get, but is there more we need? Generally, a place to begin is a multivitamin to aid in any deficiencies you might have. Next, focus on specific vitamins such as Vitamin C, D, E, Zinc, Probiotics, and phytocompound rich supplements (Resveratrol, Olive leaf extract, elderberry extract, etc.). All these vitamins aid in either antioxidants or aid in immune response.
Exercise and Immunity
When you exercise, you develop micro-tears in muscle fibers. In order to rebuild those micro-tears, your body uses your immune system to induce rebuilding. Therefore, exercise can have a more direct effect on your immune response. Staying active is a pinnacle to staying healthy, and in this case, it has the added effect of promoting and improving your immune system. I know the gym is not the answer for everyone right now, but you can do at-home workouts, take a walk, or many other outdoor activities. Assess your risk factors, but don’t let fear dominate your choices.
What to do now
Evaluate your diet and consume healthier options. Take a full supplement profile of vitamins with a focus on immune promotion or antioxidants. Stay active. And talk to your primary about other options.
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Stay healthy everyone.
*This information is for educational purposes only. None of this information is designed to cure any preexisting conditions. For specific information regarding your health, please consult your primary physician.