How to Boost Your Immune System to Help Fight against Viruses


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Given that the coronavirus outbreak in China has claimed lives and already infected people in other parts of the world, though relatively few, it is very important for all of us to do the basic precautions in making sure our immune system is equipped. There is no final conclusion yet where does NCoV really comes from and further researches are still needed for this outbreak. And because so many information are spreading right now regarding this disease, it is really important to maintain the strength of our body. Healthy immune system invades pathogens and other bad bacteria and having this will help our body protect and fight against infections and illnesses. However, doing so needs effective abilities to ensure coherence and balance for this is not a single system perse but a complex and unified immune responses that functions together within our body. 

There are many reasons why some people get ill and for many, especially those who are living in cities, it is a little bit challenging to practice health precautions perfectly given that city life has become busier these days. But to help people learn the basics of health precautions, we will share this compilation of information from the internet.

First, let’s talk about lifestyle. Although not the only factor, lifestyle for sure plays a big role that is why being aware of the right things to do in our day-to-day living is very important. According to some health experts, things such as stress, diet, negative emotions/thoughts (ex. too much worries, etc.), and the environment are some factors that can affect our physical body. Even up to now, experts are still doing researches about human immune system to come up with more ideas on how to improve it. For decades these efforts have produced myriads of essential discoveries in keeping our immune responses equipped and healthy. It is difficult to be always aware of our environment that’s why basic strategies are very important to consider.

According to experts, some of the things a person can do to maintain a healthy lifestyle for a strong immune system are:

  • Doing regular exercises (but you must know your body’s limitation)
  • Having enough sleep hours
  • Avoiding stress
  • Avoiding unhealthy habits (smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, taking hard drugs, too much physical work, too much sex, etc.)
  • Eating healthy foods / doing a proper diet
  • Avoiding or minimizing negative thoughts (regrets, worries, etc.) and emotions
  • and lastly, Having proper sanitation habits.

Aside from following these basic health guidelines, you can also increase your immunity by taking vitamins and food supplements especially if it’s difficult for you to maintain having foods that are high in nutrients. If you are busy and cannot consistently prepare nourishing foods such as fruits and vegetables for your meals, you can take supplements such as vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin B6, etc. You can get vitamin D naturally by getting a regular exposure to sunlight. Though, just be sure to limit this on a healthy level. Also, you must look for a trusted source of these products or even in doing precautions for immune boosting so that you will not run the risk of having negative effects. Nonetheless, doing it properly will help your body create healthy cells and therefore, healthy immune system. 

Many doctors and experts strongly recommend vitamin C for fighting and preventing various illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and other chronic diseases. Some foods that contain vitamin C are orange, strawberries, grapes, kale, bell peppers, broccoli, and spinach. Some examples of food that has vitamin B6 are fish (salmon, tuna, etc.), chickpeas, and various kinds of green vegetables. And lastly, foods that are rich in vitamin E include nuts (almonds, peanut, hazelnut, etc.), corn, seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, etc.) and green leafy vegetables. There are more ways to boost your immune system, but learning and doing these basic things will help a lot to fight against cold, flu, and other kinds of infection. 

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