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Amber Vandamme @abelcareEU
December 22, 2020

How can I boost my immune system?

We all feel that the coronavirus has an enormous impact on our daily lives. The measures have meant that we have to work from home and are no longer able to carry out our favorite hobbies. However, this is very important in order to protect each other from the virus. Besides keeping the measures, it is also very important to maintain your resistance. Not only to protect yourself from the virus, but also the other people around you. Here are every tips to strengthen your immune system.

1. Prevent stress
Stress is a big culprit for your immune system, so it is very important to avoid it as much as possible. This seems easier said than done. The work is brought home and financial problems caused by the coronacrisis do not really help. It is therefore important to plan enough time to relax and to clear your head.

2. Move and exercise regularly
Several studies have shown that regular sports sessions of moderate intensity promote the immune system. In addition, it is also a way to set your thoughts to zero for a while. That way it reduces your stress and it's also good for the line!

3. Get enough outdoors
Taking a walk in the nearby forest has many more advantages than just getting some fresh air. It is also a form of movement that is very good for your immunity and is the ideal way to clear your head. In addition, sunlight promotes vitamin D production in your body. Research shows that vitamin D deficiency increases the chance of developing serious COVID-19 symptoms. But because the light intensity of the sun is much weaker in the winter, it is more difficult to produce vitamin D. This makes vitamin D deficiency a common problem in our regions. That is why it is important to eat a varied diet or to take extra vitamin D supplements. The main sources of vitamin D are fatty fish, meat and eggs.

4. Make sure you have enough vitamins
As already mentioned, vitamin D is very important for your immune system, but this is not the only vitamin you need to maintain your resistance. In addition, a varied and nutritious diet with lots of fruits and vegetables is very important to have enough vitamin A, B12, and C and other essential nutrients such as folic acid, zinc and iron.

5. Resist the temptation of the refrigerator and the cookie drawer
Working more from home also means easier access to the pantry. This can be very tempting and usually you think: one candy can't hurt, right? But beware of that, because a candy quickly becomes 2 or 3,... Then the coronakilo's will be added quickly. A few innocent kilos can't hurt, but you have to make sure it doesn't become too much. Research has shown that overweight people have a higher risk of developing serious symptoms of COVID-19. That is why it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

6. Drink plenty of water
Drinking enough water is good for your whole body, so why not for your immune system? The mucous membranes in your airways, intestines and genitals are an important barrier to prevent pathogens from entering your body. In order for these mucous membranes to function properly, it is important that you take in enough fluid. Therefore it is recommended to drink at least 1.5 liters of water per day.

7. Make sure you get enough sleep
In order to maintain your immunity, it is important that your body can rest sufficiently. Therefore, maintaining your biorhythm is a must. This is difficult when you have to stay at home all week because you are working from home. You have a faster tendency to stay up a bit later or sleep a bit longer. This is actually not so good for your biorhythm and this causes you to sleep less well and deeply. That's why it's important to maintain your daily sleep routine.

8. Stay sexually active
Studies show that people make regular sex less often sick. It keeps the immune system active and reduces stress. So make use of the one cuddle contact you can still have in this second lockdown! But be careful not to put yourself in danger when you don't have a steady bed partner. You then run a greater risk of coming into contact with someone infected with the coronavirus and getting an STD. That's why it is important to always have safe sex (with a condom) and to get tested for STD's on a regular basis.

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