Are you concerned about the Coronavirus?
The rapid spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has sparked alarm worldwide. The World Health Organization has declared a global health emergency, and many countries are grappling with a rise in confirmed cases.
The Immune System
Fears about coronavirus have prompted many online searches and plenty of misinformation about how to strengthen one’s immune system. People want to know if there are foods that can boost your immune system, what vitamins might help, and what other lifestyle factors can be adjusted to reduce the risk of COVID-19. As part of our Better Living Program, we at Divine Spine Yorba Linda would like to offer some information and suggestions on how to bolster your immune system.
The immune system is a complex network of cells, organs and tissues that work in tandem to protect the body from infection. The germs we are exposed to over a lifetime, as well as lifestyle factors like stress, sleep, diet and exercise all play a role in the strength of our immune response. It’s important to note that everyone’s body is different, and so the following are general tips and habits that have been shown through vigorous studies to boost immune systems, better enabling them to fight disease.
The body does a better job of fighting illness and healing wounds when it’s not under stress. You can manage your stress through techniques like meditation, controlled breathing, and therapy.
A sleep-deprived immune system has a more difficult time fighting off infections. Good sleeping habits include getting 7 hours of sleep a night, including a regular schedule for bedtime and waking up. It’s also advisable to avoid screens, night-eating, and exercise right before going to sleep.
Avoid excessive alcohol consumption, eat a balanced diet, and talk to your doctor about supplements and vitamins. Avoid smoking as it has several negative effects on the immune system’s health and ability to fight infection.
Regular exercise promotes cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps control body weight, and offers protection against diseases. Exercise also improves blood circulation, allowing immune system cells to move through the body more freely and do their job more effectively. However, intense exercise can cause inflammation in the body that can send your immune system into overdrive, so like diet and drinking: moderation is key.
If you suffer from back, neck, head, or any spine-related pain, you may want to make an appointment with the brilliant chiropractors at Divine Spine. If your body is already battling pain, infection, disease, etc. the immune response to other infections, such as COVID-19 may be weakened. Our philosophy is to address the root cause of your pain to help relieve pain and discomfort and restore range of motion in the spine.
More About Coronavirus
It’s important to note that there is no magic pill or lifestyle change that will guarantee you protection from the new coronavirus, so it is important to stay vigilant and follow the Center for Disease Control and prevention’s constantly-updating guidelines. Coronavirus can be spread from person-to-person. It’s extremely important to properly wash your hands.
Symptoms of COVID-19 range from mild to severe, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and could take 2-14 days to develop after exposure. If you develop symptoms and have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 or you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread, call your doctor.
At Divine Spine Yorba Linda, your health is very important to us. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
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