COVID-19: Simple ways to boost immune system

1. Sleep well and don’t be a night owl! Nowadays, a lot of people engage browsing vigils, by taking advantage of the strong and well-marketed temptation of cheap data dangled before them by the GSM companies, to surf the internet commenting on hundreds of Facebook posts, watch videos and free movies streamlined online. The clear consequence is their goes through abuse from the daily denial of adequate sleep. Some more sensible ones use the cheap data to download free ebooks or acquire new knowledge from watching Youtube tutorials on all kinds of things. People who use the cheap data for personal development can be pardoned, but the other night owls should ease off the practice, because the stress that comes from regularly missing sleep at night and not being able to make up during the day as such individuals have still out to earn a living, affects the body’s immune system and reduces its ability to defend itself from certain infections.

It has been established that the body heals from the stress of the day when one is asleep. A healthy immune system can fight off infections more than a sleep-deprived immune system. Adults should focus on getting between six to eight hours of sleep a night. Sleep in a dark room and keep a regular bedtime and wakeup routine. If you’re having trouble sleeping melatonin supplements may be a good option.

2. Lower stress levels. Ordinarily, a human being should have a daily lifestyle of reduced stress levels where it cannot be totally avoided. With the world still in the grips of COVID-19, the need to reduce stress becomes even more urgent and important. The primary reason is that medical researchers have found out that stress has real negative impact on the immune system. In the heat of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, did you notice that people in quarantine and isolation were all encouraged to exercise? Why do you think that people from India, Thailand and some other parts of Southeast Asia engage in meditation? It helps to reverse and eliminate the effect of stress. Contolled breathing also aids in lowering the harmful effects of stress.

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3. Give yourself a balanced diet. Nutritional deficiencies make the body more susceptible to viruses and bacteria. For this reason, every person must eat well balanced meals daily. When you eat various forms of carbohydrates such as bread in the morning, garri, yam or cassava meal in the afternoon and rice at night, you are definitely not taking balanced diet. Your daily food should include a generous amount


of vegetables (not over cooked), vitamins, proteins from beans, fish, meat, snail, etc, coupled with fruits such as pawpaw, orange, banana, walnut, tiger nut milk, etc, to provide the body with all nutrients, vitamins and minerals that boost the immune system and keep it healthy.

•To be continued next week

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