1.Vitamin C and Vitamin D
These two vitamins have always been vital, but are now in the spotlight as being essential for boosting one’s immunity in the face of Covid19. The best way to get vitamin C is through citrus fruits, berries, peppers, tomatoes and other foods. However, vitamin D is not as easily found in nor absorbed through foods. And with winter here, we aren’t exposed to enough sunlight either. A daily vitamin d3 supplement will help you get your recommended dose.
Inhaling steam is known to clear blocked sinuses and loosen the mucus. Now, it is believed that steam/ heat can also kill the coronavirus germs that sit in our nostrils and throats. It costs nothing (you don’t necessarily need a steam machine; just boil or microwave some water and put your head over the bowl for a few minutes inhaling the vapours) and can only do you good. Inhaling steam after interacting with people or returning from outside can prevent you from experiencing the worst of the virus.
3.Soap and Sanitizer
Two items we cannot live without now, besides a mask. There is no better time than now to keep those germs at bay. Wash your hands with soap every few hours through the day, and especially on returning from outdoors. When you don’t have access to soap and water, sanitize your hands. Build up your immunity by not falling sick often, and that can be done when your hands are germ-free.
4.Exercise, get good sleep and look after your mental health
These are common tips for boosting general immunity and staying healthy, but are all the more important now. Besides eating healthy and supplementing with vitamins, daily exercise and a good night’s sleep is crucial to overall well-being. As is your mental health. With the ups and downs that 2020 has brought, along with so many uncertainties and stresses, and repeated lockdowns, it’s easy to let your mental health slip. Do what it takes to keep your spirits up, remain calm and positive and don’t read the news if it upsets you. Call up a friend or do video calls with your extended family if you’re feeling low or lonely – remember, your mental health is just as important as your physical health.
5.Ditch those bad habits
If you’ve been meaning to quit smoking or reduce your social drinking or stop any other unhealthy habit, there is no better time than now. Boosting your immunity and staying healthy is your best possible defence against contracting the virus, so take this as your wake up call and do the needful.