Now is more important than ever to do all you can to ensure your immune system is functioning at its maximum capacity.
This is because the coronavirus cannot be treated by antibiotics, and relies heavily on the immune system to fight it off. Here are a few ways to keep your immune system running smoothly, as well as help to keep you healthy and fit.
Get your vitamins
The human body relies heavily on a balance of different vitamins to keep functioning properly. Studies have proven that vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin D, and vitamin E, as well as antioxidants and zinc, are integral to a healthy well-running body. As it is sometimes difficult to incorporate all the vitamins your body requires when you live a busy on the go life, taking supplements is a great alternative to boosting your immune system and allowing for healthy organ function all the time.
The benefits of exercise are endless, one of them being its ability to boost your immune system. Now we’re not saying you have to hit the gym every day, but just something to keep you moving and your heart rate up.
Exercise has also been proven to release endorphins in the brain, which is the chemical that reduces the perception of pain in the body as well as triggering the body to feel positive and elated.
Wash your hands
Our hands are often the first contact with bacteria and virus matter, which makes washing them even more important considering how highly infectious the coronavirus is. Not washing your hands often and thoroughly could expose you to harmful illness and severely damage your immune system in the long run.
Get outdoors into some green space
Scientists recommend that going outdoors is not only therapeutic but an essential source of vitamin D. Spending time outside allows for exposure to the sun, which is a rich source of vitamins D.
Scientists have also suggested that breathing in the by-products of plants, phytoncides, can actually increase the production of white blood cells in the body, which are an integral part towards fighting off illnesses.
Don’t smoke or drink too much alcohol
Smoking and drinking can have a disastrous effect on your health and vital organs such as the lungs and liver. As the coronavirus is a respiratory disease, it is heavily advised to stop smoking or reduce the amount significantly, as this may lead to complications if you were to contract the virus.
How does your immune system work against coronavirus?
The coronavirus cannot be treated by antibiotics. This means the body's natural immune system will play a large role in fighting the illness and recovering.
The symptoms of COVID-19 includes a fever, persistent dry cough and difficulty breathing. If you feel as if you or someone you know may be experiencing symptoms of the virus, it is essential that you follow UK government guidelines such as self-isolating and speaking to a 111 advisor if your symptoms worsen.
If you do head out during the lockdown, it has been advised by scientists to wear a facemask especially during times when you are unable to socially distance, like when you are on public transport.