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Covid-19 Teaches Us The Importance of A Strong Immune System

There have been many hard lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic, ranging from the nature of infectious diseases to the difficulties of social contagion and, of course, the co-dependencies of our economy and physical health. 

Another lesson has come from the nature of Covid-19’s mortality rate itself. People who were already in poor health when they contracted the coronavirus are much more likely to get seriously ill or die. Conversely, people with strong immune systems and generally good bills of health are much more likely to either be asymptomatic or have a mild case. 

There are many exceptions to this, of course. It’s certainly not only sick, elderly people dying of Covid. However, generally speaking, you have a much better chance of surviving if your body is able to fight back with a solid immune response. 

So another lesson we can take from this mess is the importance of building up our own immune systems. We all know the basic tips: one must exercise and eat healthy; avoid drugs, alcohol, and smoking, etc.

But what are some other ways you and your family can take proactive measures to strengthen your immune systems?

Experience the magic of probiotics 

Probiotics have been around for a long time but have recently seen a surge of popularity in America due to their legitimate positive effects. A probiotic is essentially a live microorganism that can survive the gastric environment of your stomach and bestow health benefits to you. In other words, it is a good bacteria that interacts with and supports your intestinal flora. It also promotes digestive health and immune health, which often have a symbiotic relationship.

Probiotics are almost always fermented because fermentation helps create healthy bacteria. It can come in the form of milk, soy, rice, pea/hemp, and capsules. Probiotic pills with delayed-release technology help keep the bacterial payload intact until it reaches your stomach. 

The most recognizable probiotics in the last decade or so have been Kombucha drinks, which have revealed to the masses the health benefits of probiotics. These days there are all sorts of probiotic products on the market. A good way to test their legitimacy is to make sure they are organic, gluten-free, sugar-free, fat-free, and lactose-free. 

If you’re looking to further boost your probiotic levels, you can also incorporate more fermented foods into your diet. Regularly consuming raw, fermented yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, and natto will confer extra doses of good bacteria into your gut, fortifying your immune system. 

Get your beauty rest

There’s a reason for the phrase “beauty rest.” People naturally look better when they get enough sleep because sleep regulates hormonal cycles that lead to healthier, glowing skin, as well as a more vibrant mood. Clinical and medical studies also routinely confirm that sleep helps to naturally boost your immune system. 

The amount of sleep needed will vary by person. Some people only need 6 hours; others require 10 or more. Generally speaking, adults need about 7 or more hours each night. If you have children in the house, you should be aware of the fact that they need more sleep than adults. Teenagers should get 8-10 hours (which is why a lot of people think school shouldn’t start so early in the morning).

Younger children and infants may need up to 14 hours of sleep each day. 

Reduce your sugar intake

Sugar may be one of our greatest modern enemies. They lead to obesity, which makes people twice as likely to get the flu, and eventually makes type 2 diabetic conditions even more problematic. 

Obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease all dramatically weaken your immune system. So it makes sense to protect against these conditions by limiting your sugar intake. This will also decrease inflammation and other forms of chronic illness. 

If you’re confused as to how much sugar is too much, be aware that sugar should constitute under 5% of your daily calorie intake. On the average 2,000-calorie diet, this means you can have about 2 tablespoons of sugar per day. 

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