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As the coronavirus spreads, we are informed on how to reduce exposure and take care of ourselves if we get sick. These are important tips, but we’re not hearing much about how we can boost our immunity so that if we do get exposed to the virus our body can effectively fight back. With coronavirus continuing to spread, it’s more important than ever to support the immune system. We can do this by making a few key modifications. Here are 6 essential ways to boost your immunity in preparation for the coronavirus:

corona virus on the Immune systemReduce stress

When we’re stressed our body produces stress hormones that tax the immune system. So one of the most important ways to boost immunity is to reduce stress. To reduce stress, it’s key to ensure you have work-life balance, take breaks when you need them and employ some calming or relaxing stress-reduction techniques.

Sleep whenever you’re tired

By not sleeping enough, we increase stress and hurt our immunity. If we’re drinking caffeinated drinks all the time we may not even realize just how tired we really are. Because sleeping is important to rebuilding a struggling immune system, we need to let ourselves sleep as much as we need.

Consume immunity-boosting vitamins

To support your immune system, you can eat immunity supporting foods like citrus fruits, garlic, broccoli, and spinach. If your immune system is already weak, it can also be helpful to supplement with key vitamins and minerals that may have become depleted.

Reduce inflammation

Sugar, processed meat, vegetable oils, and alcohol can be inflammatory foods so they occupy the immune system, leaving other problems in your body unaddressed. That’s why it can be really helpful to remove these inflammatory foods if we want a healthy immune system.

Exercise, but not too much

Exercise can be one of the best things to do to boost immunity. But we have to be careful because too much exercise is stressful on the body and can be tough on our immune system. So just keep the other tips in mind: Keep stress low, and if you’re tired, then rest.

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