You can strengthen your immune system with a second line of defense if you’re exposed to the Corona virus

Most of the messaging we are getting from the media make us feel powerless against coronavirus. Nobody knows when the Stay at Home orders can be safely lifted or when there will be a vaccine. We don’t know when there will be enough test kits. 

These messages of uncertainty create fear and raise the anxiety levels.  Yet, the recommendations we are offered in the face of these unknowns only address half of what you can do to take care of yourself. I’m here to present the other half. You can work to strengthen your immune system and feel empowered and hopeful.

Feel empowered in the face of exposure risk

We are told all sorts of ways to avoid coming in contact with the virus:  practice social distancing, wear masks, wash our hands frequently, and so on.  What we aren’t told is what to do beyond taking all the safety measures if we think we are likely to be exposed.

Some people are at a much higher risk. These include healthcare workers and other essential workers who deal with the public every day, as well as their families. What if you are one of these people? How can you feel empowered in the face of this increased risk? 

If your immune system is tasked with fighting the virus, help it win.  Give your immune system every possible advantage. Here are three things you can do to strengthen your immune system.

Leslie Gold

Get Enough Sleep: Deep sleep is restorative.  It’s the time when your body is resting and recharging, preparing for the next day. 

Fuel Your Body Properly: You wouldn’t think of pouring Kool-Aid into your gas tank, and if you did, you wouldn’t expect the car to perform well.  Give you body the best fuel too. Foods high in vitamins B6, C and E are best for the immune system, according to the Cleveland clinic eat lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and seeds. Also, consider taking health supplements like the Bacillus Subtilis for immunity support. This is a probiotic supplement that boosts the immune system by fighting infections and external aggression.

Exercise: Not only will exercise lift your mood and reduce anxiety, it improves your body’s ability to fight infection.  The increase in oxygen and circulation helps flush waste products from your system more quickly, clears the airways, and helps antibodies speed to where they are needed most. All you need is moderate aerobic activity for 30-40 minutes/day, 3-4 times per week.

Most media is only offering one line of defense against the virus: avoid exposure.  But you can do more.  You can build a second line of defense. By getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly, you can strengthen your immune system. If you are exposed to the coronavirus, you will be well prepared to fight back and win.  

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Leslie Gold

Leslie Gold, Founder and Executive Director of Strides in Recovery Leslie is an RRCA-certified running coach who specializes in training the newly sober. As a volunteer at a residential addiction treatment program, she has coached hundreds of people in early recovery across the finish line of the Los Angeles Marathon, more than any other coach in the country. Years later, many of the participants still credit the group training and life lessons learned as critical to their long-term sobriety. Inspired by these success stories and numerous testimonials about the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual benefits of training for a challenging endurance event with the support of a team, Leslie started Strides in Recovery. The mission of this non-profit is threefold: 1) Bring running/walking-based relapse prevention programs to more recovery communities 2) Strengthen and grow the community of sober runners/walkers 3) Educate addiction treatment providers about the healing power of goal-oriented group training Prior to starting Strides in Recovery in 2018, Leslie spent three decades leading clinical and financial performance improvement projects, implementing decision support solutions, and generating analytics for hospitals and health systems across the US. She holds an MBA from UCLA and a BA from the University of Virginia. She regularly runs 40-50+ miles/week and has joyfully completed a 50K, 9 marathons, and numerous shorter distance events. She is also an avid cyclist.

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