I’ve kept pretty quiet about everything that is going on in today’s world as it seems anyone who says anything gets attacked by those who don’t agree, whatever your feelings are.
The thing that strikes me the most is the constant fear driving, from the media and the government, which appears to be the only real message.
I try not to watch the news
but tend to see the most important stuff being shared through social media channels and what I’ve seen, heard, and read is to face this deadly disease we all need to keep our distance, stay at home, wear a mask and wash our hands.
For me, there is something fundamentally missing
Where is the education into improving our health? Living healthier lifestyles? Taking better care of ourselves? Improving our immune function?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting that if we eat an apple today we beat the virus tomorrow, but wouldn’t this be the best time to encourage us, as a nation, to overhaul our lifestyles? Wouldn’t it better if we all were all living healthier lives, whilst also helping the NHS long term?
Maybe I missed the reports where they educated us all on what suppresses our immune system and some guidance on how to overcome that?
I am sure many of us don’t even realize how our immune systems are actually being suppressed or damaged, or what we can do about it.
Here are some of those ways
* Lack of sleep – our bodies release certain proteins that help the immune system only whilst we are asleep. Getting more sleep can help us to do that.
* Stress and anxiety – anxious thoughts can weaken our immune response in as little as 30 minutes. Stress makes it harder for our bodies to fend off viruses.
* Low vitamin D – Vit D helps to boost our immune system, we can get this from sunlight, eggs, fatty fish etc.
* Lack of fruit and veg – fresh produce, nuts and seeds pack a lot of the vitamins and minerals we need for a healthy body, plant-based foods also fill us up with fibre and reduce our body fat percentage, strengthening our immune response.
* Too much salt – may lead to immune deficiencies.
* Too much sugar – causes a reduction in the abilities of immune cells.
* High-fat diet – oils can hinder our white blood cells, high fat can upset the balance of gut bacteria that can help immune response. We should eat some lower-fat foods like lean proteins such as fish, chicken, and turkey.
* Not being outside – sunlight may energize cells in the immune system to fight infection, many plants produce substances that when breathed in support immune function.
* Smoking – weakens the body to fight germs, marijuana can inflame the lungs causing an increase in the risk of lung infections, and chemicals in liquids to suppress our immune response especially when inhaled through vaping.
* Alcohol – just overdoing it once slows our body’s ability to fight germs for 24 hours; over a longer time it hinders the body’s ability to repair itself.
* Lack of exercise – regular aerobic exercise appears to help the body fight illnesses caused by viruses and bacteria.
This is just some of the information I would love to see being shared more often.
We can all make subtle changes to our lives that can help us to improve our immune function and give our bodies a better chance of fighting off illnesses like infections and viruses.
* more sleep
* more exercise
* less sugar and alcohol
* better nutrition
* reduce stress
* stop smoking
Some may be easier to achieve than others, but this is where education and encouragement should be.
If the message should still be to wear a mask and wash our hands, then surely some of the above recommendations could (or should) be included, too!
The recommendations are not just for the here and now either
These will help us to live longer, healthier, and happier lives, too.
I guess all I would really like is for amongst all the fearmongering and scary headlines that are actually helping to suppress our immune system through causing stress and anxiety, we have some positive messages that there are many things we can do for ourselves every single day to help build our immunity and increase our chances of fighting off illnesses.