Despite the thought that testing kits are available, and thinking that we can rest easy knowing that those responsible for our health are on top of it, there seems to be misinformation and mixed messages about it. Yesterday a co-worker had to rush to pick up her husband, as he was not feeling well. She went straight to the nearest emergency care center, and much to her dismay, she was told they had no test kits and that those tests are only performed by the CDC. After questioning him and concluding that he did not present concerning symptoms such as fever or cough, they told him to go home and rest, that he should feel better in a few days. Really! Another co-worker had a completely different experience, and in this case, the person was at least tested to rule out any type of flu virus. The bigger question then is what are the parameters to decide who gets tested and who doesn’t?
If you are feeling that “wash your hands frequently” and “avoid touching your face” isn’t cutting it, one of the best things you can do is to build up your immune system. A strong immune system will not only help you resist infection but it’s vital for recovery should you be infected.
Here are some simple tips and some of our favorite immune-boosting supplements:
- Get enough sleep, at least 7 hours a night – it’s probably one of the best things you can do to boost your immune system. One study found surviving on four hours of sleep a night depleted the body’s natural “killer cells” by up to 70 percent.
- Keep hydrated with at least eight glasses of water a day.
- Reduce your stress levels – when we’re stressed, the immune system’s ability to fight off antigens is reduced. That is why we are more susceptible to infections. The stress hormone corticosteroid can suppress the effectiveness of the immune system (e.g. lowers the number of lymphocytes).
- Exercise regularly, at least 30 minutes every other day. Physical activity may help flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways. This may reduce your chance of getting a cold, flu, or other illness. Exercise causes change in antibodies and white blood cells (WBC). WBCs are the body’s immune system cells that fight disease.
- Improve air quality in the home, viruses like humidity, so get a humidifier – HEPA filters decrease the number of virus particles in the air.
- Try some Rooibos (Red Tea) it’s rich in polyphenols, microscopic antioxidants that are anti-inflammatory and antiviral, helping to fight colds and infections and boost the immune system.
- Eat plenty of fruits and veggies, eating leafy greens and fruits high in essential vitamins and minerals including citruses, blackberries, and Kiwi
- Get the flu shot to avoid confusing seasonal flu with CONVID-19
- Take your vitamins, 80mg of Zinc daily,500mg of Vitamin C twice daily, 250mg of Setria® Glutathione twice daily.
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