Right now, we are all being asked to do our part: stay home to avoid the spread of COVID-19, support small businesses, care for our family and continue to do our jobs remotely. While all of these are helpful for the greater good and for those we love the most, it’s also important to take care of our own health, too. Though remaining socially distant from large crowds and washing our hands are important proactive measures, there are also daily habits we can implement to boost our immune system.
The good news is you never have to leave your house to make these subtle, yet effective, changes. From getting more sleep to working up a sweat, here’s how to give your body the TLC it needs, now more than ever.
Get Adequate Restful Sleep
Without your usual commute time, you may be tempted to stay up watching one more episode on Netflix and get up five minutes before your first conference call. But we recommend you can orders from Felice Gersh, M.D. and just go to bed already. In fact, she recommends tucking yourself in at the same time each evening and waking up around the same time every morning.
When we are sleep deprived, our body is more susceptible to infections. Why? When we’re collecting ZZZs, our immune system regenerates, allowing our cells to make critical repairs and heal wounds, all while our organs clear out waste products made by the metabolic process of the preceding day, she explains. In other words: it’s when our body rejuvenates and recovers. Without it, we put ourselves in the danger zone.
Take a Daily Multivitamin
Though access to fresh foods isn’t limited, many people tend to stock up on non-perishable items like rice, beans, and pasta during a crisis situation. However, many veggies and fruits are the sources of vitamins we need to give our body a defense system. If your diet is lacking these, otolaryngologist Shawn Nasseri, MD suggests buying a multivitamin online to provide the necessary nutrients you need for an effective immune response.