With this pandemic so many people is looking for options that help them improve their immune system, some of them went crazy and but all supplements they could find but, our lifestyle has a huge impact. What you do and don´t do they both play a huge role on your health.
Today we need to consider some points about this coronavirus, and one of them is that it´s novel and what this means is that it´s new and no one is immune to it and at some point we´re all going to be expose so we need to do everything we can to make sure that it doesn´t have a negative impact on us.
We know that there are more than 2 million people infected to this day and more than a 160 thousand deaths worldwide. People who has some metabolic diseases like diabetes, obesity, heart disease, hypertension, cancer, are the ones who are at greater risk the problem is that most of us are metabolically unhealthy which means that we need to make some changes now and start prioritizing our health and improving our immune system.
To improve your health including your immune system there some things you need to do and some things you need to avoid. The things you need to avoid are as important or we can say more important than the things you need to so we will start with what you need to avoid:
1.- Eliminate highly refined and processed foods especially the ones that contain unhealthy vegetable oils and sugar.
2.- Eliminate simple carbohydrates and added sugar
3.- Stop smoking
4.- Stop drinking alcohol
5.- Stop watching news all day long because most of them are negative
6.- Avoid people who creates fear and panic with all this situation
This 6 points are so important and if you only focus on them you will get amazing results. We know that highly processed foods contain high amounts of sugars, trans fats, vegetable oils and other ingredients that are toxic for our body so it´s not new that when you eliminate them from your diet your health improve. There´s so much information talking about the negative impact that this virus has on people who smoke and there are so many more negative effects for overall health, eliminating alcohol is another huge win both alcohol and cigarettes suppress your immune system, there´s not a single benefit from alcohol and smoking but there are several negative effects for overall health including your immune system and brain which we´re going to talk about on future posts. I know it´s hard to eliminate all this and I know you don´t want but if you do want to do everything you can then at least avoid them during this pandemic.
The reason why you need to stop watching news whether it´s on tv, or radio or social media is because they focus on negative information and this negativity increases stress which blocks your immune system. Yes you need to be informed and you can get informed in just 5 to 10 minutes per day and make sure the sources are trustful. Something similar happens with negative people that only talks about the negative news and negative impact and the ones who share data about how everything is going to get worse without facts and only create fear and panic, fear and panic also shots down your immune system so stay away from them if possible, if you can´t stay away from them then don´t believe what they say instead just be informed from sources you trust.
Now lets talk about some steps you can take to improve your immune system and your health:
1.- Eat whole, fresh foods
2.- Use spices and herbs to cook
3.- Stay active
4.- Go outside to get sunlight
5.- Get enough high quality sleep
6.- Use breathing or mediation
We know that eating whole fresh foods is key, foods like leafy green vegetables, bell pepper, mushrooms, onions, nuts and seeds, meat, beef, chicken, fish, eggs, spices and herbs like garlic, turmeric, ginger, parsley make sure that you cook with olive oil or coconut oil. Natural yogurt is helpful to get probiotics.
Moderate exercise helps boost the immune system just make sure you don´t over do it especially if you are not use to exercising, 20 to 30 minutes of moderate physical activity is ok and it´s even better f you can get outside and exercise outside to get sunlight, vitamin D is also important so with 20 minutes of moderate physical activity you get both benefits. Sleep is also important if you do not get enough high quality sleep your body won´t work properly, sleep helps our body eliminate toxins and maintain all systems and hormones in balance. Breathing exercises are a great way to reduce stress and help you fall asleep faster and get high quality sleep, focus on breathing with your diaphragm and slow.
Don´t forget social distancing, washing your hands with soap and water, don´t touch your face and stay home.
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