How to Become Less Vulnerable to Infection
In my last blog post I talked about who are the most vulnerable (at risk) in society to contract an infection such as the one the world is experiencing right now, COVID-19. Because so many can be considered vulnerable, not just the elderly or those with certain health conditions, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about how to become less vulnerable.
Since non of us can control the aging process, becoming an elderly person who then becomes potentially vulnerable, we'll talk about some of the things we actually can control, most of which begin with...
Lifestyle changes are things in our life that we can control, we can modify them. And although making a lifestyle change isn't always easy, it is definitely doable. If you're serious about making these important changes, they will be easier if:
- you define what your motivation is
- you surround yourself with people who are supportive and encouraging
- you don't bite off more than you can chew...Rome wasn't built in a day, and your changes won't be made in a day
- you don't become discouraged if there's a setback, learn from it and continue moving forward
- you keep track of your progress (it can be a great motivator)
Tips For Becoming Less Vulnerable
Let's start at the top, with your mental well being: Are you aware that having a positive mental attitude can be instrumental in helping to keep you healthy? The Mayo Clinic published an article on how positive thinking can help keep you in good health (less vulnerable).
- helps lower depression
- helps lower stress with better coping skills
- promotes a better sense of well-being
- promotes more happiness in life
- optimistic people typically lead healthier lifestyles
Get plenty of quality sleep: Getting good sleep, allowing your body to get the rest it needs, is one of the best ways you can strengthen your mental and physical health.
Reduce stress in your life: This is often easier said than done, but too much stress in your life can cause:
- stress eating, causing you to gain weight
- mental and physical illness by wearing you down
Strengthen and support your nervous system: The nervous system is vital to your good health because it supplies the necessary communications for good health to your lymph glands, thymus, spleen and adrenal glands, all of which support your immune system. Supporting your nervous system isn't something that is talked about a lot, so you may wonder how you do that:
- do deep breathing exercises
- try meditation and/or yoga
- get plenty of exercise
- get plenty of fresh air and sunshine
- eat plenty of foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which strengthen the nervous system
- add magnesium to your diet which will relax the nervous system relieving it from stress
- Add regular chiropractic care. You don't have to have a bad back or a pinched nerve to visit your chiropractor. Chiropractic care is also preventative. because it supports and helps improve the function and health of your nervous system. Keeping your back in good alignment positively impacts your nervous system, providing overall better health benefits.