Coronavirus - Don't Panic, Boost your Immune System

The recent outbreak of the coronavirus (covid-19) has left many of us worried and paranoid about our health as well as interacting with other people and carrying out everyday tasks such as travelling on public transport.

At the time of writing this, more than 100,000 people have been diagnosed with the virus worldwide, and more than 3000 have died. It is set to continue rising.

To put into perspective, the WHO has stated that cancer killed an estimated 9.6 million people in 2018. The risk is so urgent that the United Nations has declared it as one of the biggest threats to global health. The risk is antibiotic resistance, a problem occurs when a bacteria adapts, gradually causing antibiotics to become less and less effective until we're left with a disease we cannot cure.

Currently, around 700,000 people around the world die due to antibiotic-resistant diseases, every single year. A lot of diseases are already developing resistance to nearly all these antibiotics used for its treatment. A world without usable antibiotics is a world where the diseases and infections that we currently regard as being trivial could become deadly.

Illnesses like pneumonia could kill 10s of millions of people, as could sepsis. The so-called medical miracle would cease to exist, and our healthcare systems would regress to the state they were in the early 20th century. So, why is this happening?

Doctors and medical professionals are giving out too many antibiotics leading to calls for them only to be given out when they absolutely have to be. An even bigger, and more widespread problem is related to the food we eat.

According to the FDA, in the USA, 80% of all antibiotics sold are used on animal farms, and in Europe, animals consume more antibiotics than humans, meaning that the use of antibiotics in animal farming is driving the rise of resistant bacteria.

Our consumption of animal products is creating one of the biggest threats to human health for our planet right now, due to the fact that we raise animals in such a horrific way, that antibiotics are required to keep them alive - just long enough that we can then cut their throats, gas them in a chamber, and then eat them.

However, today I am not here to talk about animal cruelty in regards to the spread of the virus. We have to stop spreading nervousness and instead spread awareness about a situation like this. According to recent stats, Coronavirus is quickly getting to people whose immune system is weak, that is mostly old people and very very young infants (because their immune system is not so functional because of their age). Young adults and healthy people are very less likely to get affected unless got into serious contact with an infected person, which also can be cured really quickly.

Meanwhile, what we can take from this is that it's important to keep our immune system healthy and strong. So, this blog is going to be about what you can do in your day-to-day life that can strengthen your immune system - to fight off any virus!

how can we strengthen our immune system?

The idea of boosting your immunity is enticing, but the ability to do so has proved elusive for several reasons. The immune system is precisely that - a system, not a single entity. To function well, it requires balance and harmony.

soak in some sun

Vitamin D is important for a healthy and strong functioning immune system as it helps the body to produce antibodies. One of the major reasons for respiratory problems is the lack of Vitamin D in the body. So, step out in the natural light today, go for a brisk walk for 10–15 mins, and that will ensure your body gets sufficient Vitamin D.

get enough sleep

Not getting enough sleep can trigger an inflammatory immune response, reducing the activity of T cells in your body. This weakens your immune system and its response to vaccines. Get adequate sleep for 7–8 hours and avoid having an all-nighter.

consume your A-B-C-D-Es

It's no surprise that Vitamins boost your immune system. Vitamin A, B6, C, D and E can help increase the strength of the immune system, among which Vitamin C is the biggest booster. You can get Vitamin C from citrus fruits like Orange, Grapefruit, Spinach and Strawberries.

eat more veggies and fruits

it's not needed to mention - how important veggies and fruits are to boost your immune system. Here's a list to help you navigate through. I personally recommend following a 3/2/1; 3 servings of vegetables, 2 servings of fruits, and 1 serving of nuts or seeds of your choice, (almonds are great in this case).

add herbs to your meals

Herbs such as Andrographis, AHCC, astragalus, echinacea, and elderberry, are among those people use in the belief they may help reduce the duration and severity of sickness if taken as soon as you start to experience cold or flu symptoms. However, scientific support for claims that any vitamin, herb, or supplement can prevent or treat colds and other infectious illnesses is limited.

other than that

Make sure to wash your hands for 15 to 20 seconds (using warm water and soap) before preparing food or eating and after coughing, sneezing, using the bathroom, or touching public surfaces. Keep your stress in check, incorporate a relaxing practice like meditation, yoga, or deep breathing into your daily routine. Add some regular exercise in your daily routine, and quit alcohol and smoking for a while.

since we're on the matter…

On much of the planet, most meat animals get antibiotics every day of their lives, not to cure illness, but to fatten them up, and to protect them against the factory farm conditions they are raised in.

It is also worthwhile to mention that the Coronavirus (Covid-19) is reported to have started in an animal market where wild animals, as well as live animals, are traded. Meaning that in the same way as outbreaks have been caused in the past, our exploitation of animals has created the new outbreak, which could soon be a pandemic.

Killing animals is, in turn, hurting us as well, and even if we create new antibiotics in the future, this cycle of bacteria becoming resistant will continue if we don't change. To make matters worse, pharmaceutical companies are now injecting animals with Covid-19 in hope of finding a way to create a vaccination, and so because of our desire to kill and eat animals, more animals have to suffer now.

It's important to understand that there is no need to panic. Authorities from every country are trying their best to contain the virus, until then keep your immune system strong and healthy and keep yourself up to date with complete and honest news about the virus.

Everybody suffers when we exploit others - Ed Winters