Staying Healthy in an Uncertain Time

April 3

Well, we are 2 weeks in and no clue how long the pandemic is going to be.  As we learn more about Covid-19 one of the things I keep hearing is how people are trying to prevent it.  It’s important to acknowledge there is much still unknown about the virus, but it can’t hurt to try to be preventative. 

Officials have told us Covid-19 is not like a cold or the flu; so just how do we fight it?  How do we prevent it?  Great question!  No clue!  But, like anytime we are feeling under the weather it’s important to take certain steps to stay healthy and take preventive measures to care for our immune system.

The immune system is our body’s 1st protection against illness.  The immune system consists of cells, tissues, and organs that come together to protect against infections brought on by bacteria, viruses, and toxins.  Yes, at some point we are all going to get sick, but there are steps to take to help keep our immune system healthy.

Eat Healthy

This can be a hard one, I know!  It’s important to realize the meals we eat affect our health.  Not only does the food act like a source of energy, but it’s a source to help our immune system stay healthy. 

You need foods high in Vitamin C to boost white blood cells and battle infections.  Vitamin C is commonly found in oranges.  But can also be found in grapefruit, lemons, kiwi, red bell peppers, broccoli, and leafy greens like spinach. 

It’s important to also get Vitamin B-6, which is important for the development of red blood cells.  Vitamin B-6 can be found in proteins like chicken, turkey, fish, and eggs.

Don’t forget to stay hydrated!  The water will help flush out toxins out of the system; not to mention give you a fresh glow!  The adult body contains 60% water; so, to stay hydrated you need to drink half your body weight in ounces each day.  If someone weighs 200 pounds, they would need to have 100 ounces of water on a daily basis. 

Shake that butt!

The body has a lymphatic system, which eliminates waste and toxins in the body.  It’s the only system that can’t do its job without movement.  Which means to help the lymphatic system to remove waste you must move!  When you move the body allows the movement of white blood cells and antibodies to move which helps the cells identify and fight infections faster than if you were inactive.

Sleep

When you rest it gives your body a chance to repair your chemical balance throughout the body and regulate your immune system, produce healthy cells, and get rid of damaged cells.   There is no magic number on how much sleep is needed, but experts suggest adults get between 7-9 hours of sleep each night.  If you have problems falling asleep or staying asleep you may need to implement a sleep schedule.  Similar to diet and exercise, a sleep routine helps keep the body happy and healthy. 


We don’t know what is ahead of us with the pandemic, but we are taking notice. Please for your safety and your loved ones take precautions until they know how to fight the pandemic. Get exercise! Get rest and relaxation! And take time to enjoy the HEALTHY fruits of God’s labor!

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