5 Ways to Boost Your Immunity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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It’s been a rough 20 months, to say the least. Just when we thought we were trending in the right direction with COVID-19, now the Delta Variant is on the first. Therefore, maintaining good health is essential, especially during the times that we are living in. Many people all over the world are still being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This outbreak is serious and can cause you to feel anxious, fearful, and even lonely. If you feel any of these emotions, please know that you are not alone. I have felt all of these emotions and many other ones during this pandemic. While you cannot control everything, it is important to focus on the things that you can control. Maintaining your health while you, your loved ones and friends are quarantined is key. So, use this time to improve your health and boost your immune system. In this article, I share 5 easy and simple ways to boost your immunity during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

#1 Get More Rest and Sleep

Rest is essential to your health. This is especially true during COVID-19. If you can, right now is the perfect time to catch up on some much-needed sleep. Sleep supports the proteins and cells of your immune system to detect that destroy pathogens (which essentially are anything that can cause diseases). Also, sleep helps your immune system build resistance against those pathogens. Sleep strengthens your body’s immune response, and at times like these, it’s more important than ever that you are getting enough of it. But, how much do you actually need? According to a recent study, most adults need about 7 hours of sleep per night.  Not only is this important for your health, but also is important for hair growth.

#2 Do Home Workouts during COVID-19

Exercise is important to your overall health. Studies show that regular moderate movement is better for our immune system than inactivity because it can help with weight control, management of blood sugar and insulin levels, heart disease, and strengthen your bones and muscles. So rather than worrying about catching the , you can do some at-home workouts. Here are so home exercises that you can do: take a walk, jumping jacks, pushups, yoga, lunges, and sit-ups. The good news is that you can find lots of videos on YouTube that will help you with your home workout.

#3 Increase Your Vitamin D

Vitamin D is important because it helps to promote calcium absorption in your gut and enables normal mineralization of your bones. To get your daily dose you can take Vitamin D supplements, sun exposure, and food. These are list of foods that are good sources of salmon and also help to promote hair growth. Salmon is one of many food source that may help prevent hair loss, provide Vitamin D,  and help stimulate your hair follicles. Salmon also contains omega-3 fatty acids, which helps moisturize your scalp and reduce dryness that may lead to hair breakage. Also, omega-3 has been shown to improve white blood cell activity. So, if possible, get outside and enjoy the sunlight and next time you go grocery shopping, pick up some foods with Vitamin D.

#4 Reduce Your Stress

Stress is a major cause of disease. Although stress is a biological function that arises when  in today’s society, many things can trigger your stress. The coronavirus can cause you to experience stress in a number of different ways. The key is to manage and reduce your stress. You can reduce your stress many ways, but it is important to find what works best for you. A few ways that you can reduce stress is through practicing mediation and gratitude, drinking herbal teas, exercising, laughing, journaling, breathing techniques, stretching, and reading books.

#5 Eat Green Leafy Foods during COVID-19

As the saying goes, your health is your wealth. One of the best ways to stay healthy is through consuming lots of green leafy foods. Green leafy foods are very important because they are excellent sources of fiber, folate, iron, calcium and vitamins C and K.  They are also associated with encouraging immune cells in the gut to work properly.These veggies help by cleaning your body of toxins, lowering your blood pressure, and by improving your hair, skin, and nails. The good part is that these foods are low in calories and very tasty.  Green leafy foods that will boost your immunity and also help your hair thrive include spinach, kale, bell peppers, broccoli, to name a few. So, increase your green leafy foods because your body will thank you later!

The Key Takeaways 

Just in case you do not have time to read the above information, no worries, I get it. That is why I have included the key takeaways for you to read below at a quick glance. Here are 5 things you can do to boost your immunity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  1. Get more rest and sleep
  2. Do home workouts
  3. Increase your Vitamin D
  4. Reduce your stress
  5. Eat green leafy foods
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This article was first published on April 2, 2020 and updated on August 11, 2021.

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Brandelyn Green is the Founder of VoiceOfHair, a platform to help women of color find the best hair care products, regimens and hairstyles! Since starting VoiceOfHair in 2014 she has grown the social media platform to over 1MM+ on Instagram and Facebook. As a natural who is also a salon goer, she wanted to create a platform where people could find the best products, hairstylists, advice and trends.
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