With recent news worldwide many are wondering, how do you stay healthy and keep your immune system high to avoid getting sick? Tiffani Law, one of MVA’s nurses, offers five simple tips from to stay healthy which you can follow to stay especially vigilant during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Here are five tips:
Wash Your Hands!: Washing your hands is the most important thing you can do to avoid getting sick and prevent the spread of germs. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap. If soap and water are unavailable, you should cleanse with hand sanitizer that contains at least a 60 percent alcohol content. It is very important to avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth.
Eat your fruits and vegetables: I know if you are home like most are now, you may be staring at a cabinet full of snacks and goodies. But I encourage you to think twice about what you are eating. Switch up your snack! Rather than going for the chips and cookies, try munching on fruits and vegetables instead. There are lots of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals found in these foods that are proven to increase immune support. For instance, citrus fruits, berries, broccoli, almonds, peanut butter, oysters, carrots, and kale are a few antioxidant-rich foods known to boost immune support.
Exercise: While going to work out at the gym is not ideal right now, there are many ways to work out at home. Do pushups, squats, leg lifts, planks, and jumping jacks. Cardio or aerobic exercise benefits your heart and muscle health and helps deliver larger amounts of oxygen throughout your body. So get outside – go walking, running, bicycling, or swimming. Get moving! Grab your family and have a dance party, FaceTime a friend for a workout partner or enjoy fresh air while strengthening your heart and muscles.
Manage your stress: This is a stressful time for everyone. It is important to manage the stress positively to stay healthy. Take time every day to do something enjoyable. Read a book, FaceTime with friends or family, cook a meal you've been wanting to try, work in your garden, and remember to breathe, simply taking a deep, thoughtful breath helps eliminate stress.
Get sleep: Quality of sleep directly affects your mental and physical health, emotional balance, brain and heart health, immune system, and even your weight. Research has shown that children ages 3-13 need an average of 9-12 hours of sleep every day; teens aged 14-17 years old need 8-10 hours every day; and adults need 7-9 hours every day to prevent sleep deprivation. The best way to determine if you're getting enough sleep is by evaluating how you feel during the day. Listen to your body, and if you are tired, get some sleep.