How to Boost Your and Your Kid’s Immune System Around the Coronavirus
It’s not surprising people are starting to feel helpless and anxious about how they can best protect themselves and their family from this virus. Here are my top tips for things you can do to support your immune system and stay healthy.
1. Stay Calm
It is important to try to stay calm. Fear creates anxiety and stress, which can have an adverse effect on our health, particularly our immune system. Don’t feed this fear. Get on with your life, visualise you and your family as healthy and well, and take some simple prevention steps.
2. Keep the Germs Away
Don’t let the Coronavirus germs enter your body! A few ways you can do this-
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Teach children to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Don’t shake hands instead say “namaste.”
- Use your knuckle, elbow or gloved hand in public areas.
- Cover your mouth with mask whenever out.
3. Maintain Balance in Your Lives
To improve your overall health and to help build a strong immune system:
- Get 7-9 hours of sleep per night
- Get daily fresh air
- Practice daily self-care
- Exercise regularly
- Reduce your family’s exposure to toxins
4. Look After Your Gut
70% of your immune system resides in your gut. When your gut microbiome is out of balance, your entire system can suffer. Support a healthy gut by taking a good quality probiotic, and eat organic, nutritious food containing lots of fibre, vitamins and minerals. Reduce alcohol, processed foods, sugar and other food allergens.
5. Drink Lots of Water
Keep the family hydrated with 8-10 cups a day of pure, filtered water.
6. Eat Foods With More Vitamin C
A lack of Vitamin C has been known to increase susceptibility to viruses and add to an increased risk of influenza infections. So include plenty of food in your diet that is packed full of vitamin C – like oranges, kiwi fruit, capsicum and pineapple.
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