Although there is still no cure and no vaccine yet for the virus, there are ways to support your health during COVID-19 and things you can do to help prevent contracting the illness. Certain lifestyle choices and supplements can provide important immune system support and protection to help with your physical health. And there’s some things you can do to support and protect your mental health during this challenging time as well.
Lifestyle Choices to Support Your Health
1. Eat a healthy diet
Living a healthy lifestyle is key to staying healthy and supporting your immune system. Eating more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and sources of protein are important for providing your body with the nutrition and energy it needs to function properly and repair itself. Eating a healthy diet also helps you maintain a healthy weight and contributes to better blood sugar control and good mental health.
Incorporating some physical activity is another way to support your health during COVID-19. With many fitness facilities closed or offering limited services, it’s a great time to try some outdoor activities such as walking, biking, hiking, yard work, and recreational activities with your kids and family in the park. Play some frisbee or kick a ball around together in the park. Not only will you have fun, you’ll also get some fresh air and move your body in natural ways you’ll likely find enjoyable.
3. Adequate sleep
Getting proper rest is critical for maintaining good health and protecting your immune system. Establishing a bedtime routine can help cue the brain and body when it’s time to sleep and when it’s time to wake up. Help your body and mind relax before you sleep by reading, meditating, or taking a bath. Avoid watching TV and using your computer an hour before you go to sleep since the blue light from these screens can be disruptive to proper sleep.
4. Manage stress levels
Eating healthy and getting some exercise and adequate sleep are all important for helping you manage your stress level as well. Ongoing and high levels of stress can weaken the immune system and put you at risk for getting sick more easily. Try incorporating some daily meditation, deep breathing exercises, yoga, or walking in nature to help relieve and ward off stress.
Vitamins for Immune System Support
Vitamins C, B6, and E are excellent for boosting the immune system and helping you stay healthy. Although these vitamins can be taken as supplements, experts suggest it is better to obtain these nutrients through your food. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables (vitamin C), tuna, salmon, & chicken (vitamin B6), and nuts and seeds (vitamin E) can help ensure you’re getting these important immune boosters.
Things to Avoid
To stay as healthy as possible, there are also some things you should not do. Smoking compromises your lungs and your overall health and should be avoided or reduced if possible. Minimize your trips to public places where you are likely to be in contact with a variety of people and therefore more likely to come in contact with COVID-19 and other viruses and bacteria.
Ways to Support Your Mental Health During COVID-19
Anxiety, worry, and depression can take a toll on both your physical and mental health. Limit how often you listen to the news and check information online about the pandemic. Use reliable medical sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) if you are looking for information about the virus. Focus on what you can control and how you can help those close to you. And rely on social media and technology such as FaceTime and Messenger to connect with those you care about virtually which will help you feel less isolated.
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