Author: Casey Shivers, Director of Clinical Programming
What to do about the new Coronavirus threat? Certainly, it should be taken seriously. Social distancing, regular and thorough hand washing, and cleaning of high-use areas of your home are all important steps to take.
However, excessive worrying down-regulates your immune system. High levels of stress will make a big impact on your ability to fight off illness, which means constantly scrolling news articles and bombarding your system with worry won’t help keep you safe. So don’t panic, prepare.
In these uncertain times, it’s more vital than ever to take as much care of your immune system as you possibly can. It provides your body with the ammunition it needs to fight off a new virus like the Coronavirus.
Here are some general recommendations to improve your immune health:
- DECREASE YOUR PROCESSED SUGAR INTAKE.
Sugar reduces immune functions rapidly. It’s important to note that alcohol functions like sugar in the body and decreases immune function as well.
- STOP SMOKING.
There has never been a better time to quit! If your lungs are already struggling due to smoke and tar deposits, they are more vulnerable to respiratory infections and other complications. Here are some free resources to help you quit smoking.
- EAT LOTS OF FRESH VEGETABLES AND FRUITS.
Fresh produce is not being stockpiled like packaged foods currently are and can easily be found in most grocery stores around Denver.
- GET LOTS OF SLEEP AND EXERCISE, PREFERABLY IN THE FRESH AIR.
Set up a virtual coaching session with your physiologist to get a workout program tailored for your body with whatever workout equipment you do (or don’t) have access to at home. We will also be posting at-home workout videos on our YouTube page regularly.
Besides the obligatory hygiene and social distancing measures, a good functioning immune system is the most important factor of how well your body will withstand a possible infection. Click here for more information about how we’re working to do our part in preventing the spread of the Coronavirus, along with helpful resources and links.