It’s hard to miss the headlines about coronavirus (COVID-19) and many people are understandably worried.
With guidance and advice changing on an almost daily basis feelings of helplessness and uncertainty are also commonplace. Without a vaccine the best advice in terms of prevention is still regular hand washing for 20 seconds and avoiding touching your face but general immune system health also is very important in warding off the COVID-19 virus, as well as seasonal colds and the flu and that’s something we can all try to do for ourselves. The experts at Sunlighten have the following tips.
5 ways you can strengthen your immune system
News reports of the COVID-19 virus are stressful for everyone, but reducing your stress can lower your risk for illness and improve the immune system’s ability to fight off infections. Proven stress reducers include exercise, such as walking, jogging and yoga; meditation and deep breathing; and massage, among others.
Get Some Shut-Eye
Get plenty of sleep. When you don’t get enough sleep or the sleep you do get is of poor quality, your immune system is weakened. To promote healthy sleep, avoid eating or exercising close to bedtime, keep your bedroom well-ventilated, and go to bed around the same time every day. If you suffer from a sleep disorder, be sure to talk with your health care provider about diagnosis and treatment.
A healthy diet is one of your best defences against illness. Avoid snack foods and sugary drinks. They are typically filled with fat and calories and have little nutritional value. Instead, choose fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, healthy fats (like olive oil), and beverages such as water and green tea.
Supplement Your Diet
While a healthy diet usually provides all the necessary immune-boosting vitamins and minerals your body needs, certain health conditions can hinder the body’s ability to fully absorb these nutrients. Talk to your doctor to determine if dietary supplements can help you ward off viral infections. Common supplements include echinacea, goldenseal, ginger, zinc and vitamin C.
Regular Infrared Sauna Use
Infrared therapy stimulates the circulatory system, causing the heart to beat more vigorously and blood vessels to dilate, which help cleanse the circulatory system and more fully oxygenate the body’s cells. Better blood circulation means more toxins flow from the cellular level to the skin’s surface to improve cell health, aid in muscle recovery and strengthen the immune system by raising core body temperature.
Raising core body temperature is key. Although Sunlighten saunas heat you up differently than a fever, the increased body temperature provides the same benefits, including white blood cell and T-cell production to ward off viruses. Sunlighten saunas are the only ones to have been proven to raise core body temperature by 3 degrees.
A NASA study showed that near infrared therapy, delivered by LEDs deep into body tissue, can quadruple cell health and tissue growth. Several studies have shown that LEDs stimulate white blood cell production and collagen growth by increasing energy at the cellular level.
From a more general perspective, an Austrian study of 25 healthy subjects who regularly used saunas found they had significantly fewer episodes of common colds than those who did not. This benefit becomes more significant, especially after 14 weeks of consecutive sauna use. To fully experience the immune-strengthening benefits of a sauna, it’s recommended to use it at least twice a week throughout the year.
While there is no treatment for COVID-19, avoiding people who are sick, washing your hands, trying to not touch your face and keeping your immune system in top shape are some of the best ways to stay healthy. For up to date information visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public