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Boosting Immune System to Prevent COVID-19

Our clinic is located in the heart of the Kuta area and is within the reach of the tourist areas of Seminyak and Nusa Dua.

2020-08-24
COVID-19 Update

Boosting Immune System to Prevent COVID-19

by Dhani Anggara, MD

BOOSTING IMMUNE SYSTEM TO PREVENT COVID-19

This KMC Clinic health article will discuss the importance of maintaining the immune system in an effort to prevent covid-19 infection. Maybe you’re on the healthcare frontlines during a pandemic. Or maybe you’re working from home while simultaneously homeschooling three kids. Bottom line, your universe needs you healthy.

Get ready to boost your immune system

  • Let’s start with the basics: Wash your hands for 20 seconds, don’t touch your face and take social distancing seriously
  • Don’t smoke: Smokers have an increased risk of catching infections and suffering severe complications from those infections
  • Get adequate sleep: Sleep is important for health in general, and as a bonus it may also benefit our immune function.
  • Stress management: While acute stressors may temporarily enhance immune functions, chronic stressors likely diminish immune function. Worrying about the stock market, stressing about having enough toilet paper, and focusing on the uncertainties of the future can raise cortisol levels, which may negatively impact our immune function.

Focus on food

  • Garlic: Allicin, a compound in garlic, is well-known for its ability to boost the immune system. 
  • Prebiotics: Robust gut bacteria protect us against infection. Keep those bacteria healthy with prebiotics that contain fiber, specifically inulin fiber. Excellent sources of prebiotics are green bananas or plantains, Jicama root and asparagus.
  • Vitamin C-rich foods: Vitamin C is known to boost immunity. It’s better to get vitamin C from oranges, broccoli, kiwi or cantaloupe.
  • Antioxidants: Stress can lead to lowered immunity and make you more prone to illness. Colorful fruits and vegetables including berries, carrots and spinach have antioxidants that protect you against oxidative stress, which translates to a stronger immune system.

Attitude is everything
A positive mindset is vital for health and well-being. Research shows that positive thoughts reduce stress and inflammation and increase resilience to infection — while negative emotions can make you more susceptible to the common cold and flu.

Natural immunity aids
If you’re ready to give it all you got when it comes to avoiding the coronavirus, consider these extra measures:
Supplements: A lot of people are deficient (or low) in vitamin D, and a deficiency may increase your susceptibility to infection. Get outside for fresh air and sunshine, but I also recommend taking a daily supplement of 1,000 to 2,000 IUs of vitamin D.
Essential oils: Eucalyptus and tea tree oils have antiviral properties that may protect you against infection from viruses. Use in an oil diffuser to inhale them or make a hand sanitizer using tea tree oil mixed with aloe vera gel and isopropyl alcohol. Studies also show that lavender essential oil has a calming effect, so it can help ease anxiety and improve sleep. Add a few drops to a warm bath or use the oil in a diffuser while you work or sleep.

So those are some things we can do to maintain our body's immune system.

KMC Clinic also provide covid-19 Rapid Tests for those of you who want to protect your health and your family, contact us through our website and social media for more information.

 

Source:
1.    https://health.clevelandclinic.org/strengthen-your-immune-system
2.    https://www.readersdigest.ca/health/healthy-living/boost-your-immune-system
3.    https://www.dietdoctor.com/coronavirus
 

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