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Budget-Friendly Ways To Strengthen Your Immune System Against nCoV

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As the shelves of the local groceries leave zero traces of stocks, you will notice how much panic the nCoV (novel CoronaVirus) has brewed in the shoppers all over Singapore. You cannot blame these shoppers as the total confirmed nCoV cases rose to 33 last Friday. It is alarming to see how prevalent the nCoV cases are in Singapore and across the globe. With hundreds of deaths worldwide, The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the novel CoronaVirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Nonetheless, it is best to stay calm in this situation.

There are no current vaccines or cures for the nCoV as of the moment. Your best defenses against its infection are boosting your immune system and practicing proper hygiene. On that note, here are some budget-friendly tips that you can follow.

#1: QUIT SMOKING

The novel CoronaVirus is a respiratory disease first identified in Wuhan, China. Its nature makes people with weak respiratory systems more susceptible to having it. Smokers are more likely to be infected with pneumonia and influenza and have longer-lasting display of illnesses. These observations may be due to the lower levels of protective antioxidants in a smoker’s blood.

#2: WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN

Never touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unclean hands as germs spread this way. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 30 seconds or the entire “Happy Birthday” song. You may also use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Make it a practice to cleanse your gadgets as well, especially before using them.

#3: STAY AT HOME

If you display flu-like symptoms, it is best to stay at home or to consult a physician. You may rest for 5 to 7 days. Cover your mouth when your sneezing or coughing. Be courteous to other people when you are sick. Spread love and not the virus!

#4: EAT RIGHT

Fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins and minerals can help strengthen your immune system. I am referring to citrus fruits, broccoli, and yogurt. Citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C is thought to increase the production of white blood cells, which is key to fighting infections. Incorporate grapefruits, oranges, lemons, and tangerines to your diet now!

Broccoli is supercharged with vitamins A,C, and E as well as other antioxidants and fiber. It is one of the healthiest vegetables that you can put on your plate. Keep its nutrients in tack by cooking it as little as possible. Lastly, Greek yogurt or plain yogurt is a great source of vitamin D. Vitamin D helps regulate the immune system and is believed to increase our body’s natural defenses against diseases.

#5: GET ADEQUATE SLEEP

Studies have shown that people who do not get enough sleep or who do not get quality sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus such as the common cold. It can also affect the speed of your recovery. Combat the effects of sleep deprivation by getting adequate sleep.

#6: EXERCISE REGULARLY

Dedicate a portion of your day to exercising, whether it be indoor or outdoor. Exercise has been shown to result in positive changes in the white blood cells and antibodies. Moreover, it releases happy hormones and helps lower an individual’s stress levels.

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Lowered stress levels can contribute to premium health.

Sources: 1, 2, & 3

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