A possible ban on singing, close groups, fans and artificial air in the classroom – this is the reality facing the resumption of classroom learning activities in Colorado. As expected, students will have to obey strict social distancing rules and would have to dawn face masks. These are far from ideal scenarios, but given the unprecedented situation, desperate times indeed call for drastic measures.
Schools in Denver and throughout Colorado are planning to resume classroom learning in fall for the first time since abruptly shutting in March due to the spread of COVID-19.
While the impending resumption of classroom learning in fall isn’t certain, parents will have to plan with that eventuality in mind. This would mean not just getting their children ready for in-person schooling, but also getting themselves ready for what that may mean for them and their health.
There are major doubts as to how schools will handle the influx of students and observe safe social distancing – especially among younger children – when they finally open. Some people consider children to be “super spreaders” given their penchant for playing with and touching each other. Besides, there are growing fears that children could spread the virus from school to their homes and vice versa.
There have been established links between a healthy immune system and quicker recovery from COVID-19 and other viral infections. Regardless, practicing good personal hygiene and strict social distancing are currently the best ways to prevent yourself from contracting the virus.
Below are five essential ways that parents can boost their immune system and stay healthy in preparation for Autumn;
1. Get good and quality sleep
Adults are urged to get at least 7 hours of sleep. The amount of sleep you get and your immunity are intertwined. As highlighted in this study, poor quality sick can leave you more vulnerable to sickness.
Getting enough sleep can give your immunity a natural boost. Again, this is why we tend to sleep more when we are ill so that our immune system can help fight the sickness.
Children are required to have longer sleeps, around 8 – 10 hours and infants can sleep as much as 14 hours. Some helpful tips for sleeping more include staying away from gadgets or electronic devices that may disrupt your sleep pattern.
You may also consider establishing a specific sleep pattern and making sure your room is completely dark when you retire for the night.
2. Get Sufficient Exercise
While it’s not advised that you engage in intense exercises for an extended period, moderate exercises can benefit your immune system.
Studies have indicated that people with a compromised immune system stand a better chance with a vaccine when they engage in moderate exercises. Another benefit of exercise is that it can help your immune cells regenerate frequently and help reduce inflammation.
Jogging, bicycling, light hiking, and brisk walking are all forms of moderate-intensity exercises that you can aim for. It’s recommended that people get at least 150 minutes of exercise per week.
3. Stay hydrated
Hydration does not directly help you fight viruses or illnesses, but dehydration can harm your overall health and vital organs.
Dehydration can limit the function of certain organs in your body, including your kidney and heart. Furthermore, dehydration is linked to reduced physical performance, erratic mood swings, poor digestion and vulnerability to illnesses.
Unsweetened tea and water are the best way to keep your body hydrated. It’s recommended that you don’t rely on fruit juice, carbonated drinks or sweetened tea for hydration due to their copious sugar content.
It’s also important to drink water regularly even if you do not necessarily feel thirsty. This is especially vital for the elderly, as the sense of thirst diminishes with age.
4. Support your immune system
There is no evidence to support any claim that supplements can help prevent the spread or aid in the treatment of COVID-19. Conversely, what they can rightly do is to give your immune system a fighting chance.
Some supplements can rightly fight viral infections like cold and flu. Other vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc, Magnesium and Vitamin B can help strengthen your body’s immune system.
Administering these supplements intravenously through an IV Therapy is one of the most effective ways of boosting your immune system. An intravenous therapy bypasses your digestive system since it’s infused directly into your bloodstream, where they are easily and more efficiently absorbed by your vital organs.
5. Manage Stress
Taking time to relax and manage both your stress and anxiety levels are vital to your immune health. Prolonged stress has been shown to encourage inflammation and distort your normal immune cell function.
It’s vital that you find productive ways to manage and relieve stress. Some activities that may help include moderate exercises, meditation, yoga, journaling, light walks and other thoughtful practices. Alternatively, you may want to consider seeing a certified therapist if you’re finding it hard to destress.
You can make specific lifestyle changes that may help to significantly strengthen your immune system.
These immune-boosting tips will not necessarily stop you from getting a virus or falling sick. Nevertheless, as the fall season approaches and schools in Denver reopen again, they can significantly enforce your body’s defense and its ability to resist and fight harmful pathogens.