With all the mass hysteria going on, health and wellness has come to the forefront. Your number 1 concern right now should be how can I boost my immune system and also how to keep it there.  This is something you should be doing everyday.
 
Here are a few way to do just that:
 
Reduce your stress levels
Chronic stress suppresses the immune response of the body by releasing the hormone Cortisol. This interferes with your bodies natural healing response.
 
Practice Yoga, Meditation, Take a walk in the woods, practice deep breathing. Whatever you find calming do that!
Alcohol consumption
Keep it to a minimum, I’m not saying you have to stop it all together.  Research has shown that large quantities of alcohol degrades muscle protein, weakens the immune system in turn putting you in a state where your body cannot go into defense mode.
Vitamins
Super simple here but most of us do not eat enough of certain foods to meet our daily requirements.  Vitamins A, B6, C, D and E can help increase the strength of the immune system.  Vitamin C is the biggest booster of all.  Fruits high in C, orange, grapefruits, spinach and strawberries.
Veggies!!!
Including: fruits, seeds, nuts are full of nutrients needed for our immune system.
Exercise
It’s science and it’s proven in studies that working out does boost your immune system.  I have seen so many people that are gym goers suddenly stop showing up during the Coronavirus.  That’s not the answer, the answer is to do exactly what they have been saying clean up before and after.  The fact that you want to weaken the immune system by not working out is obviously not the answer.
Lack of Sleep
Sleep is where your body heals and cells regenerate and without a sufficient and deep sleep this cannot happen.  The sleep that is the most restorative to the brain and body is NREM. During the deep stages of NREM sleep, the body repairs and regrows tissues, builds bone and muscle, and strengthens the immune system.  I have taken this from Wikipedia below:

NREM sleep: NREM (non-rapid eye movement) sleep is dreamless sleep. During NREM, the brain waves on the electroencephalographic (EEG) recording are typically slow and of high voltage, the breathing and heart rate are slow and regular, the blood pressure is low, and the sleeper is relatively still. NREM sleep is divided into 4 stages of increasing depth leading to REM sleep.

REM sleep is when dreams occur. We have 3 to 5 REM periods per night. They occur at intervals of 1-2 hours apart and are quite variable in length, ranging from 5 minutes to over an hour. REM sleep is characterized by rapid, low-voltage brain waves, irregular breathing and heart rate and involuntary muscle jerks.

About 80% of sleep is NREM sleep. If you sleep 7-8 hours a night, all but maybe an hour and a half is spent in dreamless NREM sleep.

SUN!

Vitamin D is essential as it helps to produce antibodies essential in having a healthy immune system.  Most of us in the Northeast do not get enough time outside during certain times of the year.  See your doctor and get a prescription D.  This will help as I experienced great results in my mood.  Low D can also result in respiratory problems.  Boost your Vitamin D by taking a 10-15 walk in the sun!  Don’t let the cold scare you, get outside!

These are just some of the ways to boost your immune system, the trick is to be consistent so you don’t have to go into hysteria mode.

“Your health is your wealth” Virgil

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