Protect Yourself Against Viruses
Updated: Mar 11, 2020
Louisiana now has one case of Coronavirus. It is more than likely this number will increase in the upcoming weeks. But there's no need to worry (or run out and buy all the water, toilet paper and hand sanitizer at Costco). There are things you can do to help strengthen your immune system, which in turn, will help your body to fight off viruses and bacteria.
Here are 7 simple things you can do to make sure your immune system is strong:
1. Relax. Breathe. Fleauxt
We are putting this first because self-care is the best care. All of our services help strengthen the immune system. Whether you are relieving stress with a massage, fighting off the sniffles with Dry Salt Therapy, or soaking in 1,000 pounds of epsom salt in a float session, we are here to keep you healthy. Take care of yourself and your body will take care of you. And yes...you can do self-care outside of Fleauxt!
2. Drink Water
Here at Fleauxt, we believe that water (and salt) is essential for human life. When the body is dehydrated, it makes us more susceptible to illnesses. If you are wondering how much to drink, start off with half of your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 140 pounds, drink 70 ounces. Make sure you are drinking good quality H2O.
On a side note - a funny meme was recently floating (lol, see what I did there?) around on social media said, "If you drank water out of a garden hose when you were a child, then you are immune from the coronavirus."
3. Eat Fruits and Veggies
Foods that contain Vitamin C are great for building up the immune system. When you think of Vitamin C, you may automatically think of citrus fruits, such as oranges or grapefruit. These are good, but there are others that contain more of the essential vitamin. For example, red bell peppers are twice as high as citrus fruits. Brussel sprouts and broccoli are good sources as well. Mix it up by eating a variety of fruits and veggies.
4. Soak Up Some Sun
Speaking of vitamins, Vitamin D is necessary for having a healthy immune system. In the winter months, when the sun is hiding, our levels drop, and everyone around us is sick. Low levels are associated with frequent colds, influenza and increased autoimmunity. Get outside and let the sun shine down on you!
When our bodies aren't moving, we weaken our muscles and immune system. When we are active, our white blood cells become stronger. White blood cells are the body's immune system's cells that fight disease and infection. Get moving, even if it is for a walk around the block. Any exercise is good exercise!
This is a tough time to talk about sleep, especially since we all lost an hour earlier this week. According to an article posted on SleepFoundation.org, "Without sufficient sleep, your body makes fewer cytokines, a type of protein that targets infection and inflammation, effectively creating an immune response. Cytokines are both produced and released during sleep, causing a double whammy if you skimp on shut-eye." Try to get at least 7 to 8 hours each night. If you having trouble sleeping, see number 1 above. One hour of floating gives you the same feeling as 8 hours of sleep.
7. Wash Your Hands
Do we really need to explain this one?
* If you suspect you may have been in contact with someone who is sick (or happened to shake a hand of a person who does not wash their hands), get in ASAP for Dry Salt Therapy. Our pharmaceutical grade salt is antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
Let us know how you are protecting yourself.
Relax. Breathe. Fleauxt.