The world has gone crazy. Wars over toilet paper rage in our shopping centers, countries are closing their borders and every second person has become a walking board of statistics. Amid all the hype and fear, and the on-going ‘it’s just the flu’ argument, we seem to have forgotten one little thing- building a strong immune system is the ONLY thing you need to worry about!
Contagious Viruses Are Not a New Thing
The Carona virus/COVID19 is contagious. It is not just the flu, and it has indeed spread further than any thought imaginable. But for 95% of people- it actually makes no difference. Yes, you may get sick, and of course, you should be taking precautions to prevent yourself and others from spreading it. But in the past 20 years, there have been more outbreaks than you can count on two hands. Do you remember bird flu, swine flu, SARS and Ebola?
It seems history is destined to repeat itself, especially as our societies become more globalized, and populated. However, as always, there is a silver lining. Each time there is an outbreak, we create and enact more efficient ways of ‘flattening the curve,’ but more importantly, there is only one truth to come from these events.
A Strong Immune System Is Your Body’s Best Defense!
In our over-medicated world, it’s easy to forget that we already have an incredible defense mechanism. To be fair, a strong immune system is your only real defense against illness, pathogens, and viruses. This system has been evolving and developing since the first organisms existed on Earth, and through all of the trials and tribulations of the past millennia, we are still here. We have survived. Your body already has everything it needs to make it through this, and the next pandemic- as long as you are treating it right!
When dealing with COVID19, the most affected are the elderly with weaker or compromised immune systems. As we age, so too does our immune system. However, there are a number of real, lasting changes that you can implement now to keep your immunity up for years to come.
4 Ways to Improve Your Immune System- for Good
Before diving into ways to improve your immune system, we want to highlight something here. It’s all well and good to turn to quick fixes, like Vitamin C or garlic when you have a cold, for example.
But if you make real, lifelong changes to the way you treat your body- you can prevent that cold in the first place! So rather than looking at short term solutions, we want to give you the tools to actually improve this system in your body, and boost your defense against all illness, not just COVID19.
1. Improve Your Diet to Improve Your Immune System
That doesn’t mean go on the latest fad diet. This isn’t a ‘6 weeks to better abs’ solution. Improving your diet is about changing the things we put into our body and making better, more conscious choices. It really is as simple as consuming foods that are better for us, like fruits and vegetables, berries, nuts, and seeds. Of course, it has to be part of a balanced, and healthy diet, but consuming foods naturally high in vitamins, minerals, micronutrients, and antioxidants all help your body to combat stressors and boost your immune system.
2. Practice and Cultivate Better Habits
This may seem a little left-field, but we ask the question- how often do you get sick after being run down for a few days? When our bodies and minds are exhausted, our immune system is more easily compromised.
Solution: by introducing a mindful practice into our day, we are able to actually reflect on the areas of your life that could be improved. Maybe you haven’t been getting enough sleep, or poor time management leads to you consuming fast food. These are all things that can be worked on to improve your natural defenses and ward off illness, but you have to become aware of them first!
3. Stop Disinfecting Your World
This one is particularly controversial at the moment, and we want to take a moment to say that during the COVID19 pandemic, you should absolutely be trying to maintain cleanliness, and preventing the spread of this virus.
However. We also want to point out that in recent years the war on germs has become the advertising card of sanitation companies and disinfectant products around the world. Without all of the bacteria in the world, we literally wouldn’t have an immune system in the first place!
We’ve all heard that letting kids play in the dirt is good for their immunity, but it actually goes much further than that. Until recently in the history of humanity, our immune systems were constantly bombarded with germs, bacteria and other pathogens- some of which are friendly, and many of which are not. The unfriendly germs are the exact things our bodies need, to be able to create a defense against!
“Our immune system needs a job. We evolved over millions of years to have our immune systems under constant assault. Now they don’t have anything to do.”
–Dr. Meg Lemon, dermatologist specialising in autoimmune disorders
Of course, we aim to protect our children and letting them become sick in a preventable situation seems counterintuitive. But the issues aren’t fully realized until that child grows, and falls sick, because they never had a chance to build their immune resistance in the first place. These traits and behaviors are passed down through generations, and we are unknowingly weakening our own immunity, and the immune systems of those to come after us.
By the time you have a cold, it’s too late to run around the block. But regular exercise goes hand in hand with a better diet and is key to keeping your body healthy and regulating your immune system.
Of course, it helps you to stay fit and in shape, but regular exercise also:
- Exposes you to the outdoors
- Reduces blood pressure
- Improves cardiovascular health and capabilities
- Speeds up your bodies recovery mechanisms- be it muscular or cellular
- Keeps us mobile for longer, and slows the onset of age-related disabilities
- Sets a better example for your children and those around you
All of these recommendations are lifestyle changes. They are not quick fixes. You may already be in a position to combat COVID19, and we are all blessed to live in a country that has an efficient healthcare system. But this will not be the last contagion in our lifetimes, and the only time to make a change is now.
At TurnFit, we can help you to introduce these small changes to your lifestyle, to make huge changes down the line. With a focus on real, holistic health and wellbeing, all of our coaches are ready to help.
Did you know we also offer online personal training courses? With more and more people working from home during this crisis, there has never been a better time to take advantage of our world-class personal training, on-demand, and in your own home!
With real trainers, on-going support and amazing content all in a smartphone app, this cost-effective solution covers everything, including workouts, meditations, diet, cardio and more. Get in touch for more information, and start to improve your health and immune system, the right way.
Turnfit Personal Trainers is founded by David Turnbull or “Coach David” – an experienced and successful Personal Trainer who strives to build happier, healthier lives every day.
With a focus on holistic health, we pride ourselves on making a difference and were recently awarded the 2019 Top Choice Award for Personal Trainer in Vancouver.
Every trainer at Turnfit is committed and relentless in our pursuit to help you reach your health and wellness goals. It’s our mission to help you to build the skills, and mindset, it takes to feel successful in all areas of your life.
We look forward to hearing from you!