5 Actions to Take (Besides Handwashing and Social Distancing) to Protect Yourself from COVID-19
Before you dive in, know we aren’t here to tell you the magic solution to prevent the
Coronavirus. Instead, these actions can help you maximize your health and immune system
to lower your risk of complications if you get sick.
- Stop eating sugar
Eating sugar leads to erratic blood glucose which leads to a whole host of
problems, including a weakened immune system. Study after study has
shown that a reduction in carbohydrate intake improves overall health,
including blood sugar balance, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and
heart disease. Grocery stores are hard to navigate right now with bare
shelves and shortages, so eating perfectly is a challenge. However, this
doesn’t mean it’s the time to eat cupcakes for breakfast and pasta every
night. Ditch the super simple, starchy foods and your body will thank you for
- Put down your phone and get in bed!
Sheltering in place may mean your schedule is a bit off. Scrolling on your
phone or binging the newest Netflix show could be keeping you from getting
the valuable sleep you need. Adults need at least seven hours of sleep a
night to repair and maintain their memories, bodies, and immune systems.
But don’t just aim for a mere seven! With not much else to do at home,
sleeping for eight to nine hours will ensure your body is working efficiently.
Turning your phone and TV off at least one hour before bedtime will decrease
the blue light that disrupts sleep patterns and help you sleep more soundly.
- Get outside (and take your Vitamin D)
Just about everyone is deficient in Vitamin D. Which means just about
everyone should be supplementing. Vitamin D works as both a hormone and
vitamin, making it vital for a number of functions, including immunity. By
maintaining adequate levels, you’ll give yourself the best shot at staying
healthy. Can you get Vitamin D from the sun? Of course. What about from
food? Another yes, but it is close to impossible to get enough from food alone
which is another reason why time outdoors and taking a supplement is key.
Getting outside will give you the double whammy of boosting Vitamin D and
giving you the feel-good endorphins that the sun and fresh air provide. So
lace up your sneakers and get out there!
- Eat more vegetables
No matter what kind of health outcome you’re trying to achieve, eating your
veggies will almost always get you closer to your goal. Supporting your
immune system is no different. Filling at least half (maybe more) of your plate
with vegetables will help you balance your blood sugar, keep you feeling full
and give you the vitamins and minerals you need to ensure your body is
functioning at its peak. Check out our recipe section here http://poundstransformation.com/delicious-recipes/
for ideas on how to make your greens takes good!
- Stress less
Stress is just about impossible to avoid right now. There’s a lot going on in the
world, but making sure you’re taking time to slow down and focus on
managing anxiety, nerves, and worry is imperative to protecting your immune
system. When we are stressed, our body produces a hormone called cortisol.
Cortisol makes weight loss hard and weight gain easy. Engaging in activities
like meditating, walking, and reading can help decrease cortisol levels and
increase how well your immune system functions.
While the best thing to do to prevent yourself from getting sick is staying home, wearing a
mask, and washing your hands often, these five actions will help you maintain a healthy
immune system. Every little bit counts and if you’re able to keep your body ready to fight,,
your body will come out swinging!
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