Coronavirus: How to Build a Strong Immune System
A couple of weeks ago I was giving a cooking class in our community and was asked to talk about building strong immune systems, since the coronavirus was already making people nervous. Fast forward two weeks, and the world has seemed to turn upside-down rather quickly. People seem to be panicking and taking all the toilet paper and hand sanitizer from all the stores, leaving the rest of us scratching our heads.
Please, don't panic. There are plenty of things that we can all do to help protect ourselves from contracting a virus, or if you have it these things can also help get you better quicker.
Here's a quick overlook of the immune system and what weakens and strengthens it. I'll explain more below.
The Immune System:
The immune system helps protect the body from foreign or harmful substances
It makes cells and antibodies that destroy harmful substances
With the threat of the coronavirus and other infectious diseases, it is important we do what we can to help avoid sickness
Those with a weakened immune system are more likely to contract infections
When our immune system is strong we are much more likely to ward off sickness
What weakens the immune system?
Soda, processed foods, sugary foods, refined carbs
sugar causes inflammation of the body
Eating/drinking sugar slows immune system cells that attack bacteria for several hours after consumption
Some bacteria and viruses feed on sugar as a source of energy
Lack of sleep
Ways to strengthen the immune system:
Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables
Get plenty of sleep
Washing your hands frequently
Hot/Cold water treatments
Get plenty of sunshine
Limit or cut out refined sugars and carbohydrates
Natural Ways to Fight Sickness:
Garlic (a natural antibiotic)
Onions (reduces pain and inflammation)
Vitamin C (strengthens immune system)
Grapefruit seed extract (anti-microbial)
Echinacea (used to fight infections, reduces inflammation)
Elderberry (fights cold, flu and inflammation)
high in vitamin C and antioxidants
Most commonly used medicinal plant in the world
Sugar really tends to lower the immune system quickly and for a few hours after consuming it. I'm not talking about all sugars. Fruits have natural sugars but they are so healthy for us and are filled with anti-oxidants, which help fight off sickness in the body. Processed sugary foods are the ones that we want to minimize, or better yet stay away from all together.
Fruits and vegetables are the perfect way to build our immune systems to be strong. Eating about 10