Keep Your Immune System Strong!
What an unusual situation we find ourselves in. With all of the uncertainties and anxieties we are all facing right now, one of the most important things on all of our minds is how to best protect our loved ones and ourselves during this pandemic. While the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to avoid exposure to the virus, we still need to make sure that our bodies have their best chance of fighting the disease if we do get it. Click on the button below to read more about how certain everyday activities, including taking your vitamins, can help you keep your immune system strong!
Take Your Vitamins
After bariatric surgery, your body doesn’t absorb some of the nutrients from food as well as it before surgery. This includes some of the vitamins and minerals that boost your immune system like Vitamin D and Zinc. Plus, you’re not able to eat as much of the bulky foods (like vegetables and fruits) that contain the important nutrients you need to help your immune system flourish. Baricol Complete has all of the vitamins you need to help build up your defenses!
Eat a Healthy Diet
Eating a healthy diet is one of the best ways to keep your immune system in peak performance. Protein provides the building blocks for your cells, including antibodies and immune cells. Colorful of vegetables and fruits as well as legumes and whole grains give you an array of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients that have disease-fighting properties.
Get Enough Sleep
Immune function is directly linked to sleep. During sleep, your body produces and releases a type of protein called a cytokine. These proteins target infections and inflammation, which is exactly what we need right now! Most adults 7-9 hours of sleep per night. If you can’t get that all in, perhaps now is the time to start taking a nap during the day if you are one of the many stuck at home!
With working from home, driving instead of taking public transit, and most gyms being closed, it is easy to go all day with almost no movement other than to grab another cup of coffee. But make sure to keep moving! Exercise puts certain immune functions into go-mode. Plus it helps with inflammation and stress. Try an online class exercise class, do some gardening, or go for a walk or bike ride (as long as you keep your distance!).
Yes, this is easier said than done right now, but it’s so important! Stress weakens your immune system and keeps you in a constant fight-or-flight mode. Along with getting enough sleep and exercising, there are many ways to reduce stress. Personal activities like meditation, stretching, and writing in a diary can help, as can talking with other people (phone call, video chat, etc) and unplugging from the constant updates and news streams.
While these behaviors will not make you immune from catching COVID, they can help your body in the fight in case you do. Keep washing your hands, coughing/sneezing into your elbow, and staying at a distance! Thank you to any and all of you who are on the frontlines in healthcare and those of you making sure the rest of society keeps on running! Stay safe out there!