Can Changing Lifestyle Reduce Your COVID-19 Risk?

We all do our part to help others and ourselves during the COVID-19 pandemic. The spread of the virus can be controlled by following guidelines and wearing masks when necessary. Is there anything we can do that will reduce the risk of getting infected or increase our chances of getting serious illness?

Vitamins and Supplements
There is a possibility that certain vitamins and supplements could be developed in the future to reduce or prevent the effects of COVID-19. Evidence is still limited in these early days. Although some data suggest that people with vitamin D deficiencies may be more susceptible to developing COVID-19, or respiratory disease, more research is needed.

“There is not enough scientifically sound data to support the recommendation of specific vitamins and supplements. Research shows that people with vitamin D deficiencies are more likely than others to be positive for the virus. Dr. Heicappell suggests that vitamin D supplements might be a good idea.

Vitamin D and COVID-19: The science
Like everything else in life, every decision involves both risks and benefits. It is important to understand that two things can be ‘associated’. For example, if you have lower vitamin D levels, your chances of getting COVID-19 infections will increase. However, there is a difference between one and the other. Many ‘confounding factors’ could suggest a causal connection where none is present.

BAME people are more likely than others to be deficient in vitamin D and to develop serious COVID-19 complications. People of BAME descent are more likely than others to hold public-facing jobs. This exposes them to high viral loads and makes them more susceptible to conditions like type 2 diabetes or heart disease. These factors significantly increase the likelihood of negative outcomes for COVID-19. These conditions may be more dangerous than low levels of vitamin D.

Reduce alcohol consumption
While many of us enjoy a glass or two of wine in the evenings, did you know that alcohol can cause a decrease in immune system strength? This is why it’s important to reduce alcohol consumption to be less vulnerable to COVID-19 and other illnesses. Drinking alcohol can hurt your immune system and make you more vulnerable to infections.

Alcohol may also increase risk-taking behavior or impact our compliance with social-distancing guidelines. Dr. Heicappell agrees that it is sensible to have a break from alcohol or to drink moderately.

A healthy lifestyle
Many people have become used to going for a walk every day or running during the lockdown. Exercise can improve our overall fitness and help us maintain our immune system.

Regular exercise can improve your immune system’s ability to fight off the flu. This will help you avoid more severe symptoms such as acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Dr. Heicappell says that staying active can help your body strengthen its defense mechanisms by decreasing inflammation, increasing innate immune cells, and improving your gut health.

A healthy mind
It’s vital to maintain a healthy body and mental well-being. Even the most strong constitutions can be affected by a pandemic. Low moods can hurt our overall health and may reduce our motivation to make healthy decisions.

Even though we may feel fine right now, it is important to take care of our mental health in these times when the news can seem dark. Your mental health is as important as your physical. Dr. Heicappell suggests that you establish a routine and take time off from social media and news channels to avoid anxiety.

A healthy attitude

Social distancing, wearing a mask if necessary, and following the guidelines are all key to reducing your chance of contracting COVID-19. The vaccine rollout has begun.

It is important to take care of ourselves. It sounds simple, but good nutrition, quality sleep, and regular exercise will help you stay healthy and your immune system strong.

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