This blog dives into how to keep your immune system fighting during COVID. Read ahead to find out more!
In times like these, aside from being diligent about washing your hands, not touching your face, and avoiding large crowds, you may wonder what else you could be doing to help boost your immune system.
This helpful article from Harvard Medical School outlines a level headed approach of how to go about keeping your immune system strong, which may help prevent you from getting sick, or showing more severe symptoms if you do.
It should be no surprise that the main recommendations include:
- Smoking Cessation
- Eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables.
- Exercising regularly.
- Maintaing a healthy weight.
- If you drink alcohol, drinking only in moderation.
- Getting adequate sleep.
- Taking steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly.
- Trying to minimize stress.
Seems like pretty sound advice to me, especially in light of the fact that those who have suffered most adversely from COVID-19 have comorbidities such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes.
The article also delves into the idea of taking supplements to boost immunity which has shaky evidence at best in most cases. That being said, I have personally started upping my intake of vitamin C and D due to limited evidence that they have been associated with reductions in the likelihood of catching a cold, and reduction in duration of symptoms if you do happen to get one.
That being said, there has been no evidence showing that any vitamin or herb has been particularly effective against COVID-19, so take that for what it is worth and adhere to CDC/WHO guidelines for infection prevention in the meantime.
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