Helpful ways to boost your immune system.

Obviously, even the healthiest of us aren't immune from getting the Corona virus. However, It is a Best Practice to be as healthy as we can. Washing your hands and practicing social distancing are the most important things we can do to protect each other and flatten the curve right now, but it’s never a bad idea to boost your own immune system -- especially now.

Here are some simple tips that you can follow to prep your body to fight any germs or viruses you might come in contact with:

Eat more garlic: Your breath might not be great but raw garlic is not only a natural immune booster -- it's also got antimicrobial agents in it. Just remember, you won’t get its benefits if you heat it up before eating it.

Get enough sleep: Our schedules are certainly out of whack thanks to staying at home and working from home, but it’s essential to get good sleep because it is directly linked to our immune system’s response. Being sleep deprived has been shown to lead to the production of cells that cause increased immunodeficiency.

Exercise: Not only does exercise enable your body to detect potential illnesses more quickly, it has been shown to flush bacteria out of your lungs. Take advantage of free online workout classes that don’t require fancy workout equipment or go for a walk or run.

Spend some time in the sun: Not only will it boost your mood, but it can boost your immunity. A study from Georgetown University found that exposure to sunlight can energize T cells, which play a big role in boosting immunity.

Don't drink too much alcohol:A nightly glass of wine is fine, but downing a bottle of cab every night is not. Yes, we're all stressed (and stuck at home), but an LSU study found a link between excessive drinking and impaired immune systems and a vulnerability to lung infections.

Laugh: Take a break from the news and social media and watch a funny movie, TV show or stand up comic -- because laughter really is great medicine. It reduces the stress hormone that can make you more susceptible to getting sick and it boosts a particular type of white blood cell that fights infections. (Pure Wow)

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