I don't like getting sick! Much less, I don't have time to get sick. It sucks the life out of you, your achy, and it's hard to move around. The sad part of getting sick we can pass it to others. Did you know you can have a virus and not know it? Your body can fight it, but I meant to emphasize that word, you can easily pass it on to others. With that being said, that means we need to be careful touching surfaces, our faces, and our bodies. Children, people with low immunity, and seniors are acceptable to contracting a virus from others. Here's that word again, but, Covid-19 is different. There have been fewer incidents of children becoming ill with Covid-19. Severe illness among seniors, elderly adults with low immunity, and allergy/asthma suffers having a hard time with this virus. This virus increases the risk the elder the adult is.(1) So, take your time to sing the ABCs while washing your hands. By washing hands after being outside, touching surfaces, touching the face, touching food (this is a no-brainer, you don't want to cross-contaminate raw foods), using the restroom (amazingly, I have seen this NOT DONE from patrons at restaurants, GROSS!). Washing your hands after sneezing or after coughing and after wiping sweat off your face with your hands can help prevent spread to others. To avoid having raw waterlogged hands, use a sanitizer, and heal your hands with hand cream after washing will be soothing.
According to Harvard.edu, 'Your first line of defense is to choose a healthy lifestyle. Following general good-health guidelines is the single best step you can take toward naturally keeping your immune system strong and healthy. Every part of your body, including your immune system, functions better when protected from environmental assaults and bolstered by healthy-living strategies such as these: (2)
- Don't smoke.
- Eat a diet of fruits, greens and vegetables.
- Exercise regularly...Regular exercise is one of the pillars of healthy living.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
- Get adequate sleep.
- Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly.
- Try to minimize stress.' (2)
It all comes down to eating mindfully and eating a hardy handful of greens or a mix of an assorted rainbow of vegetables with every meal to avoid micronutrient deficiencies. Fuel your body with enough protein your body needs to function correctly. Include exercise for cardiovascular strength in combination with eating healthy can contribute to overall good health and stronger immunity.
Let's get moving and fuel your body!