We all know by now that wearing a mouth mask, washing your hands regularly and keeping your distance are important in the fight against the coronavirus. But what else can you do? We give you 5 extra tips!
Tackle your obesity
One of the most important factors appears to be obesity. No less than 77% of intensive care patients with COVID-19 are overweight and 30% are obese. It is quite an eye-opener when you know that half of the adult population is overweight (of which 15% is obese). We can therefore say that people who are overweight are more likely to get into trouble when they are infected.
Make sure you get enough exercise
The more you move, the healthier your body and mind. Your energy level, immune system and body weight both benefit from some daily exercise. Of course you don’t have to practice the level of a top athlete right away! Thirty minutes of moderate to intensive exercise per day, 8000 steps per day or 3 x 20 minutes of intensive exercise per week will go a long way.
Try intermittent fasting
First of all: it’s not a diet! This method determines when you eat, not what you eat (although you will get results faster if you really pay attention to your diet). The period in which you eat nothing is always larger than the time block in which you do eat. What happens exactly? Your body extracts the necessary energy from your (fat) reserves, making you lose weight faster in a natural way. Not only do you lose weight faster, your concentration level, blood sugar level and growth hormone also get a boost. During this process you will notice that your feeling of hunger is gradually decreasing, because your body gets used to the periods when you are allowed to eat.
Monitor your vitamin D level
Research already showed that people who developed severe COVID-19 had the lowest vitamin D levels compared to the patients with a relatively mild course. Opinions as to whether vitamin D supplementation makes sense are divided. Researchers who are pro are partly based on the outcome of the Slovenian treatment guideline for disease symptoms. In Slovenia, elderly people in nursing homes, patients admitted to hospital and health professionals have been receiving vitamin D supplementation for one month in the event of a deficiency. The country has a low mortality rate. Coincidence or not?
You can recognise vitamin D deficiency by, for example, a burning mouth and throat, bad bones, holes in your teeth, painful joints, blurred vision, irritability, a bad sleeping pattern and problems with your bowel movements.
Get enough sleep
Your sleep deprivation and a weak immune system are linked. Get under the wool a bit earlier and make sure your body can enjoy six to eight hours of much-needed sleep. Not only your body, but also your mind needs enough sleep. Try to avoid caffeine, get enough exercise, don’t eat too late in the evening, build up a routine and increase your exposure to natural light to increase your sleep quality.
Did you know you can do all the tips in one fell swoop? In what way? Spoil yourself with a week at Vila Mimosa or take a look between our online programs to get started at home!
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