You Have Immunity
By Melissa Brandon | April 30, 2020
There is nothing but bad news regarding the Coronavirus. We are isolating and wary of any human who crosses our path. It is not uncommon to come across people wearing protective clothing and face masks when just a couple of weeks ago this was unthinkable. I sense people are very worried about getting the virus. But you have an immune system that is always on guard to defend your body from unwanted intruders. Chances are, if you get this virus, you will recover just fine. Your immune system will do its job. But you must take care of your immune system. If you are proactive and consistently take care of yourself, you won’t have to live in fear and feel so vulnerable the next time a new virus pops up.
Many of those who are not recovering from the Coronavirus have “underlying health conditions”. Conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, blood disorders, kidney disease, liver disease, cancer and lung disease. Many of these diseases can be linked to an immune system that turns on itself by creating inflammation. This doesn’t happen without a trigger. Often that trigger is due to lifestyle choices we make every day. Choosing not to eat well and not to exercise, to name a few.
Here are some ways in which you can assist your immune system so that it can work to protect you from illness and prevent chronic disease from developing.
- Consistent Exercise
- Don’t Smoke
- Maintain Healthy Body Weight
- Eliminate/Reduce Added Sugar
- Eliminate/Reduce Processed Food
- Eliminate/Reduce Fast Food
- Eat More Vegetables
- Eat Probiotic and Prebiotic Foods
- Reduce Stress
- Get Adequate Fiber
- Know Your Vitamin D Levels
- Get Proper Sleep
- Spend Time Outside
- Drink More Water
- Intermittent Fasting
Remember, good health is going to require effort on your part. You have to make daily choices that will be beneficial for your long-term health. You do not want to find yourself diagnosed with a chronic disease. It has been predicted that 40 million Americans will have diabetes by 2030. Type 2 diabetes is the gateway to heart disease and Type 2 diabetes is completely preventable! 40 million people with diabetes will be a tremendous burden on the health care system and it will put these people at risk for a premature death from another chronic disease or an unexpected illness.
The first step in health care is self care!