3 simple steps to better immunity

February 19, 2020

3 simple steps to better immunity

Money can’t buy you immunity.

Money can't buy you safety.

Money can’t buy your good health. 

But you can build up your immune system and defend your health.

The impact of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan has been devastating. One of the stories was about a family of 4 that got infected and stuck at home feeling helpless because they felt going to “hospital “may be frightening and make you worse than staying home. They started throwing thousands of 100’s bill cash out of window from 27th floor.
I used to mix up flu and cold symptoms, but now I have a better understanding of how different viruses can attack your self-defense system. Especially regarding the coronavirus which affects more seniors than youth, particularly those who have pre-existing health conditions or have a weaker immune system.
Takesteps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly.There are easy and inexpensive ways to boost your immunity--at any age!
  1. Eat and drink to keep up good energy and stay hydrated with plenty of liquid. Consume more fruits and vegetables especially those that are high in Vitamin C. Health authorities recommend drinking 8 glasses of 8 oz water daily. Drinking plain water might be hard for some people. You can get creative in staying hydrated by drinking tea or herbal tea, coffee, ginger lemon pear smoothies or your other favorite fruit smoothies, bone broth, chicken soup, and vegetable soups. 
  2. Exercise regularly. Maintain a healthy weight and overall good health by exercising. Breathe better during yoga or any of your favorite sports-- to reduce your stress levels. We live in a high stress environment....why? We all need to take time to relax. Stress can weaken your body's immune system. In particular, the buildup of chronic stress have been linked to many debilitating diseases such as heart disease. It's important to identify the largest stressors in your life and attempt to reduce them. Doing your favorite sport or form of exercise can get your blood pumping and reduce stress! Incorporate exercise, routine deep breathing exercises, yoga, walking, or hiking for 3-5 hours a week and strengthen your body's immune system.
  3. Get adequate sleep. Similar to exercise, a lack of sleep can reduce your body's functions, increase stress, and weaken your immune system. While you sleep, your body produces proteins known as cytokines which help promote sleep, but also serve anti-inflammatory purposes. A lack of sleep may decrease production of cytokines which increase your susceptibility to infectious diseases. Health experts recommend that adults get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night, while teenagers and children need more than 9 hours of sleep a night. 

You can also improve your immune function with these three healthy recipes from VitaClay.

 

1. Ginger lemon pear smoothie

 


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