10 Habits That Weaken Your Immune System

Stay healthy during the coronavirus and beyond with this essential advice from a doctor.

By Kate Walker | May 21, 2020

Habits are the little things you have to do every day. If we are honest, we have it all. These are things we do without thinking - even if we know something is bad for us. No matter how hard we try, we can't stop.

What habits can be dangerous during this Covid-19 period? What can we do to weaken our immune system? I have been asked a lot recently as a doctor. Read on and you will be amazed

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No viruses or no viruses, you should always wash your hands

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Don't wash your hands, your immune system will not weaken at all. If you don’t wash your hands frequently, you’re constantly challenging your immune system as much as you need to. This is important to mention because we should all understand the health message about the importance of regular hand washing during the COVID-19 epidemic. 

The Rx: Your hands regularly will help maintain your immune function unless you really need to. Do this after you go out, do the laundry, treat your pets, and be safe during this COVID-19 period. You can not create defects washing your hands of the coronavirus spread contributes.


They bite their nails

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How can cutting your nails weaken your immune system? Can you get sick of mud under your nails? Anxiety, stress, and other mental illnesses are always the cause. People who cut their nails often pull their hair and pick their skin. Cut your nails too 30%! 

Chronic stress impairs the immune system. When we are stressed or anxious, the sympathetic nervous system is overloaded with an adrenaline rush. Cortisol levels rise. It then leads to the release of cytokines - these are the cells that signal the immune response - and produces chronic systemic inflammation that will also suppress some aspects of immune function.

The Rx: Try to deal with your fears differently - exercise, meditation, etc. - And consider how you can prevent your nails from biting. Now would be a great time to boost your immune system!


You sleep less than you need to

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Do you suffer from insomnia? If you are, it will definitely not help your immune system. When sleep deprivation is prolonged, it is associated with metabolic syndrome, a group of diseases that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes and also damage cells that damage your immune system. I.

RX: 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night is recommended for adults. Don't miss this special report to get your  30 Ways to Ensure Good Sighs.


You have dental hygiene

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The relationship between good oral health and general health is now well established. However, it may not be immediately clear that you are not using your immune system to brush your teeth.

If you do not brush and floss regularly, this is associated with the development of gum disease - gingivitis and periodontal. Bacteria grow in your pumice, in small pockets, around the base of your teeth. This leads to an inflammatory response that then prolongs - chronic systemic inflammation. This means that your immune system works properly when it is at rest, which has many negative consequences. 

The Rx: It is very important that you clean your teeth regularly with fluoride toothpaste and dental floss twice a day and see a dentist. This not only supports your teeth but also strengthens your immune system. 


They shovel too

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About 20% of Americans suffer from heartburn at least once a week. Although burping is common, many people do not believe it is an important medical symptom. 

Burping indicates the presence of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It occurs when the acid produced in the stomach incorrectly goes to the lower end of the esophagus (throat). You have to think about why this can happen to you. 

The Rx: Do you eat badly? - Junk food, fatty food, fried food? Are you losing fresh foods and essential nutrients in your diet? Could it be stress? Or for food sensitivity?

If you suffer from GERD, there are many ways you can test your immune system and damage your immune response. Go back to the basics and think about a possible cause. When you stop drinking alcohol, lose weight, and eat a healthy diet, it works wonders to improve your immune system.


You drink too much alcohol

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There is now numerous clinical evidence on the link between binge drinking and various diseases, one of which is very important for the Covid-19 epidemic of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).

Alcohol impairs intestinal barrier function and forms the "leaky" wall of the intestine this increases the number of pathogenic bacteria entering the blood. These microorganisms pass directly through the liver and cause inflammation in the liver. Excessive alcohol also alters the intestinal microbiome.

Alcohol also affects the lungs - eyelashes are possible for damage to the upper respiratory tract, which means that the organism penetrates your body. It also damages the cells that connect the lower respiratory tract.

The Rx: Effect of alcohol on immune function is itself complex. However, your immune system and help you annoying it 's time to cut down on alcohol or stop drinking together.


You eat very fast food

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Did you know that when you eat a dish your body reacts as if you have swallowed a lot of harmful bacteria? High levels of fats, salt, and carbohydrates stimulate your immune system to take action, and some studies suggest that poor nutrition has negative effects on our immune system and our health in the long run.

Le RX: Fast food is dangerous. To fall. There is always time to eat for health, but epidemics never happen. The ideas in the search Why do not you listen?

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You drink sweet drinks

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Research has confirmed that people who regularly drink sugary drinks have inflammatory markers. A study of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey tested, reported that the reduction of sugary drinks (soda and fruit juice) consumption reduction of LDL cholesterol as improved markers of inflammation.

The RX: Drink water or seltzer, tea, or coffee, maybe a glass of red wine a day, but avoid soda.


You eat too much salt

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Reaching the salt shaker and sprinkling salt on almost everything is a reflex action! However, too much salt in the diet increases, and too much salt can also weaken your immune system - increases blood pressure and heart disease and stroke risk. Some studies suggest that reducing salinity in your diet can give you an extra year of life!

The RX:  FDA explains: "Americans consume an average of 4,400 milligrams of sodium per day. However, the Nutrition Guide for Americans recommends limiting sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams per day - that's about 1 teaspoon of salt." "Calculate your intake if you are afraid to go.


 They think “bad carbohydrates” are good

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Why do we crave food that is bad for us - high in sugar and spoiled by nutrition? Sugar burst stimulates the regions of the brain that give us pleasure. Many of these foods can lead to food addiction and food shortages. 

This is a high glycemic index with food. The list includes sugary foods and beverages, white bread and white pasta, white rice, cakes, donuts, and most packaged breakfast cereals. However, a low outbreak of high blood sugar can have a negative effect on the immune response.

The RX: Time to break the habit! Eat carbohydrates that are mainly made from whole grains. 

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The last thoughts of a doctor

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Changing habits is very difficult. It takes immense determination and endurance. But yes, you can do that. You are the master of your destiny!

First of all, you need to understand why you are doing something and how change can bring serious benefits. Psychologists believe it is not easy. For example, in one study, it took people an average day to develop the habit of always eating fruit while eating!

During this COVID-19 epidemic, our health has never been so important today. Now is the time to question your habits and try to recover.

And to get rid of this epidemic as much as possible, you should not lose these 100 things, which you should never do during a coronavirus epidemic.

Dr. Deborah Lee is a medical writer for Dr. Fox Online Pharmacy.

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