Recently, news of the Wuhan coronavirus has caused widespread panic around the world as the death toll climbs, and more and more cases are discovered every day. Although there is very little knowledge of this virus at the moment, it is known that, just like other illnesses (including the flu), weaker immune systems mean worse symptoms and a higher mortality rate. In this post, I will teach you about your immune system and how to improve it through healthy habits.
First off, what is an immune system? Your immune system is a system of structures and processes that defend your body against infections. Certain people have significantly weaker immune systems than others: young and elderly people, those with immunocompromising illnesses, and those who have adopted unhealthy habits such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol, and eating unhealthy foods.
It's important to try and follow a healthy lifestyle for many reasons: improving your immune system is one of the most significant benefits of healthy living. First off, smoking is extremely harmful to your immune system, as well as drinking an excess of alcohol. Sleeping and avoiding stress are also important in all aspects of living a healthy life, including boosting your immune system. Exercising and, of course, healthy eating are extremely important in maintaining a healthy immune system as well.
Something you can do immediately to boost your immune system is to buy some immunity-boosting foods. Some of my favorites include broccoli, garlic, spinach, mushrooms, and various other fruits and vegetables. In general, eating an abundance of fruits and vegetables is one of the most important things in improving your immune system. If you'd like to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet, the WAHM website and Instagram have many recourses and recipes for you to utilize.
Although you may be afraid of the virus, there is no need to panic unless you have recently come in contact with someone with the virus. Although you may be afraid, the best thing you can do right now is using our tips for maintaining a strong immune system. Additionally, don't forget to wash your hands often, especially after being around a lot of people.
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