With the COVID-19 coronavirus now officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, we feel it’s more important than ever to continue providing our readers with options for reducing their risks of catching and transmitting this dangerous disease. While there are no guaranteed ways to halt the virus known as of now, health officials and professionals have said that a healthy, properly functioning immune system is among the most effective defenses. Here’s what you need to know about your immune system’s role in protecting you from coronavirus and what you can do to give your system the best chance of fighting off the disease.
Understanding How the Immune System Affects Coronavirus
Because the COVID-19 coronavirus is very new in humans, there is not currently a widespread acquired immunity to the disease. With that said, the basic immune system response that targets new pathogens is still in play, even without an acquired immunity. Proper immune response can mitigate the effects of COVID-19, rendering its symptoms relatively mild or preventing it from establishing a presence in the body altogether.
On the converse side of this fact, people with weakened immune systems due to old age or underlying health conditions are much more likely to develop a severe form of COVID-19. These groups of people are at the highest risk and should take all necessary social distancing measures to reduce their risk of infection.
How Can You Bolster Your Immune System?
To keep yourself as healthy as possible during the COVID-19 epidemic, it’s important to ensure your immune system has all the resources it needs to fight off possible infections. Following, you’ll find some of the practical steps you can take to give your immune system the best chance possible and reduce your risk level as COVID-19 continues to spread.
Reduce Environmental Toxins
Contrary to popular belief, the immune system isn’t just affected by pathogens like viruses and bacteria. Toxins in your home or even in the daily products you use could be taking a toll on your system’s ability to fight off infections, potentially rendering you more susceptible to virulent disease like COVID-19. Purifiers like the Airpura I600-UV and Amaircare 3000 VOC will offer the carbon filtration you need while also providing HEPA filtration that can help to trap airborne pathogens.
One way of reducing toxins in your home is to use a carbon-filter equipped air purifier to remove gaseous pollutants. Pollution exposure is a known inhibiting factor of proper immune response, and removing pollutants from your home air may help your immune system deal more effectively with viral pathogens.
Another way to reduce your toxin exposure is to switch over to non-toxic personal and cleaning products. For this purpose, we recommend readers check out our range of available Shaklee products. Shaklee focuses on providing healthy, non-toxic alternatives to a wide range of everyday products. If you want to reduce the level of pollutants in your home, try using Shaklee’s all-natural cleaning products and paraben-free skin care line.
Use High-Quality Nutritional Supplements
Reducing the toxic load on your immune system is definitely a step in the right direction, but you can also provide it with the resources it needs to fight infections through the use of nutritional supplements. For this purpose, we recommend Shaklee’s immune-supporting products, including NutriFeron, Defend & Resist and Immunity Formula nutritional complexes. Each of these nutritional supplements is formulated to support proper immune function and give your body a better chance at fighting off infections.
Adopt a Healthier Lifestyle
In addition to reducing your toxin exposure and getting proper nutritional supplementation, there are a wide range of lifestyle-related steps you can take to keep your immune system healthy. One of the most important aspects of keeping your immune system healthy is getting an adequate amount of sleep. Lack of sleep not only makes you more likely to get sick but also lengthens the symptoms of many viral diseases. If you aren’t already, be sure to give yourself the 7-8 hours of sleep needed by most adults to maintain a healthy immune system.
Another step you can take to improve your immune response is to reduce the amount of refined sugars in your diet. Excessive sugar consumption can temporarily suppress the action of cells that are critical to a healthy immune response, leaving you more open to developing infections. While this effect isn’t huge, every little bit helps when you’re trying to stay healthy in a major outbreak.
Finally, adopting a better exercise routine may help to boost your immune function. Moderate exercise has been shown to help the immune system deal more effectively with some viral pathogens. While exercising is a great way to improve your overall health, now may not the be time to start hitting the gym, as it’s best to avoid crowds during epidemics. Instead, try to get some moderate exercise by walking around your neighborhood or using home exercise equipment.
Use Beneficial Probiotic Sprays
Another step you can take to give your immune system an edge is to use beneficial probiotic sprays like those produced by BetterAir. By re-balancing the microflora in your environment and preventing pathogens from getting a foothold, probiotics can help your immune system deal with external threats and keep your home healthier.
Stay Healthy by Following CDC Guidelines
While giving your immune system a boost is an important part of reducing your risk of infection during this epidemic, it’s only one part of a larger puzzle. In addition to taking steps to remove viruses from your home air and bolster your immune system, it’s also very important to follow the guidelines published by the Centers for Disease Control to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Basic guidelines currently advised for everyone include practicing frequent and thorough hand washing, avoiding large crowds and staying home if you or someone you have recently been in contact with develops symptoms associated with COVID-19. Older people or anyone who has a compromised immune system should follow more rigorous social distancing and limit their contact with anyone who may be carrying the virus. For a full list of the measures currently recommended by the CDC, we encourage all readers to visit the agency’s official COVID-19 prevention page.
Have questions about how air purifiers or Shaklee products can help reduce your risks during these difficult times? We’re here to help. Feel free to send us your questions, and we’ll be happy to provide you with answers and personalized product recommendations based on your unique needs.