You are Not Helpless: Steps to Boost Your Immune System
There has never been a better time to take some simple steps to boost your immune system. Let's start today!
Avoid Unnecessary Stress
Stress weakens the immune system, so we highly recommend that you stay away from the hype concerning COVID-19. The best way to stay informed is by getting your information directly from the CDC website.
Increase Your Oxygen Level
Exercise, drink plenty of water, do deep breathing exercises, and eat leafy green vegetables. These simple steps will increase your oxygen level, which is vital for a healthy immune system.
Eat a Balanced, Healthy Diet
Avoid sugar and eat nutritious food. Fresh fruits, such as strawberries, and again, leafy green vegetables are essential. Other beneficial foods are:
- Citrus fruits
- Red bell peppers
If you are on a tight budget, it is crucial to make every dollar count toward proper nutrition. If you have to choose, choose fruit over twinkies. :-)
Get Plenty of Sleep
The body rejuvenates during restful sleep, so try your best to get at least 8 hours every night.
Get a Good Laugh
They say laughter is the best medicine, so turn off the news and watch your favorite sitcom or read a joke book. Getting a good belly laugh every day will go a long way toward improving your mental and physical health.
Mind over Matter
The more you think about your problems and the craziness surrounding you, the worse you are going to feel. Try meditating on good things. Thinking positive thoughts can change your brain chemistry and improve your mental and physical health. Grandma didn't tell us to count our blessings for nothing!
What to Do if You Are Sick
Avoid the ER and the doctor's office if at all possible by using Telemedicine/Telehealth. Here are some helpful links to get you started.
If you have symptoms related to COVID-19 (fever, cough, difficulty breathing), do not panic. Stay home, isolate from others and keep calm.
CALL your doctor or use the tools mentioned above rather than a physical visit. A medical professional will help you determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19 and help you get the tests required. Most doctors and urgent care providers are NOT currently testing, so don't risk spreading the disease with an unnecessary visit.
You may well have seasonal allergies or a common cold. And if you do have the virus, remember most people who contract it will experience mild symptoms and recover at home. You can learn more here.