8 In-Sync tips to protect yourself against mild viral infections
A new corona virus has been identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness that originated in Wuhan, China. It has now spread to other countries around the world and represents a varied level of risk depending on your location, exposure, age, health and immune resilience. Milder versions of respiratory illnesses caused by viral infections are coughs and colds
This leads to questions about how we can support our immune system so that it is better able to defend us against infection. More often than not, a virus is spread from person to person via nasal droplets that are produced when someone coughs or sneezes.
Unfortunately these droplets can land in the mouths or noses of those nearby or can be inhaled into the lungs. And typically people are thought to be most contagious when they are at their sickest. So how do we support our immune system so we are better able to cope with the onslaught of infections during the cough and cold season:
- Keep up your vegetable and fruit intake. In the last 50 years, key minerals within plant food have declined. Dietary analysis shows that we can often be deficient in vitamins e.g. C, D, K or minerals e.g. selenium, zinc an magnesium.
- Return to your old-fashioned home cooking roots rather than relying on take-outs. There is nothing wrong with the occasional take-out but on the whole aim to cook afresh with natural ingredients.
- Get active and make sure you move for a minimum of 30 minutes per day. But remember it is not all about getting into a gym, get out in nature and feel the wind on your face.
- Take occasional cold showers for up to two minutes. This is known as hermetic stimulation and it can trigger the immune system’s white blood cells that are responsible for keeping bodily fluids free from infection.
- Go down to two meals per day occasionally. This is known as intermittent fasting and is most effectively done when you are exercising on an empty stomach. It encourages stem cells of your immune system to renew and repair themselves.
- Don’t forget to get a good night’s rest. Aim for six to eight hours per night.
- A healthy immune system is also about the mind-body connection. Take some time to look after you, laugh more and love who you are and what you do.
- Natural remedies may help at the onset of a cough or cold. Natural compounds such as B vitamins, Vitamin C and D, resveratrol, garlic, black elderberry, Echinacea, turmeric and zinc can all work with the immune system to help fight infections. If the infection goes on for a few days then you should go to see your healthcare provider.