One of the biggest questions on everyone’s mind since the COVID-19 hit is, “How can you boost your immune system to fight the coronavirus?
As we face a global pandemic, we are still looking for answers, this virus caught us by surprise, and everyone has their opinions.
Some claims you can read online are Vitamin C intake and that essential oils are great for our immune system. The question is, how do we know if they work?
It’s tough to answer because our immune system can’t be measured. It’s a system with many different components. You might help one section and impair another or boost a certain part of your immune system that has nothing to do with fighting a virus.
Besides, what worked with another virus does not automatically mean that it will perform the same way with the COVID-19 we are now facing worldwide.
Here’s a great tip to boost our immune system during this coronavirus pandemic from Dr. Bret Scher, MD, published in the Diet Doctor.
Low Carb Nutrition
At Diet Doctor, they advocate a low carb diet that may help boost your immune system.
Now is the best time to live a healthy lifestyle which includes a long-term healthy eating pattern. A low carb diet helps keep your blood sugar and weight in check.
From what we know, people with type 2 diabetes and other metabolic conditions are at higher risk of complications from the coronavirus.
This shows that low carb and ketogenic diets may be useful tools for reversing and treating the said metabolic conditions.
While it is hard to prove that low carb nutrition boosts immune function against the virus per se, but isn’t it wise to limit the conditions like high blood pressure and high blood sugar that makes things worse?
A recent study shows that a keto diet lowers the risk of mice infected with the flu. This is not proof that a keto diet will give the same results against COVID-19, but we believe that this is worth a shot.
Imagine a diet program that can help you lose weight and lower blood sugar and blood pressure at the same time, you won’t lose anything if you try it out.
Here are 7 tips on how to boost your immune system during COVID-19:
- Proper handwashing for 20 seconds with soap or hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol can kill the coronavirus (obviously this doesn’t directly boost your immune system but it does give it the best chance to stay strong)
- Smokers should quit smoking, at least for the time being. The risks of catching the virus and having severe symptoms are high for smokers because the virus targets the respiratory system
- Getting the right amount of sleep is essential, as it may also boost your immune system. One study showed that people with insomnia had less immune response to the influenza vaccine. Get 8 hours or more of sleep and avoid too much time on blue-light devices like tablets, phones, and TV.
- Exercise is beneficial for overall health based on the consensus. Focus on home exercises as shared gym equipment may transmit the virus.
- Stress management is essential during this period. We know that people worry about money, job security, getting the infection, and a whole lot of stuff, but too much stress can have a negative impact on our immune system. Do what you do to relieve stress like meditation, watching a good movie, and walking.
- Alcohol consumption should be curbed or cut off, just like smoking. Some people turn to alcohol as a coping mechanism during times like these, but COVID-19 has a greater impact on heavy drinkers
- Increasing Vitamin C may be a good idea as it has proven to prevent the common cold. There is no evidence yet that it can help fight COVID-19, but taking 2,000 mg per day won’t do any harm. Just don’t exceed the 2,000mg a day maximum dosage set by the National Academy of Medicine.
If you are older and have an existing health condition like hypertension or diabetes, you have a higher risk of severe symptoms and potential loss of life from corona, so you must take every precaution to avoid contracting the virus.
For young and healthy individuals, risks are much lower. If you ever contract the virus, you may experience mild symptoms and fully recover from it after a few weeks.
Some individuals may not show any symptoms but are already infected. Social distancing should be practiced to avoid spreading the virus to high-risk individuals.