by Tina Sendin April 27, 2020
The world we live in now is such as different one from just a few months ago. I am writing this in April 2020, in the height of global COVID-19 lockdown, when practically most of the streets throughout the world is a ghost town.
It’s the perfect setting for a zombie apocalypse, sans the zombies.
All of a sudden, people are either stuck at home working remotely – if not finishing all the Netflix shows – or fighting for other people’s lives – if not their own.
To say that we are living in strange, unprecedented times is a massive understatement.
So the big question is – how can we avoid catching COVID-19?
One of the main things about this chart from Cleveland Clinic is keeping your immune system strong. 
But how exactly can we keep our immune system strong, especially in this lockdown life? That’s what we’re going to cover in this article.
Our body is usually equipped enough to fight viruses since our immune system is made up of antibodies.
Our immune system also has three lines of defense: 
The reason why SARS-Cov-2 virus – commonly known as COVID-19 or Coronavirus – has infected a significant portion of the entire global population is that we don’t have the third line of defense against it yet.
COVID-19 is most known for infecting the old and immunocompromised, although that’s not to say that children and younger people are not susceptible at all.
This is because the older population and immunocompromised have weaker immune system than others. As we grow older, our bodies’ lines of defense are no longer as effective as they were years ago. And people with certain illnesses or taking medications that suppress the immune system are more susceptible than others.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention described those with weakened immune systems to be: 
“… those with HIV/AIDS; cancer and transplant patients who are taking certain immunosuppressive drugs; and those with inherited diseases that affect the immune system (e.g., congenital agammaglobulinemia, congenital IgA deficiency).”
Cancer.gov also defined immunocompromised patients as follows: 
“Patients who are immunocompromised have a reduced ability to fight infections and other diseases. This may be caused by certain diseases or conditions, such as AIDS, cancer, diabetes, malnutrition, and certain genetic disorders. It may also be caused by certain medicines or treatments, such as anticancer drugs, radiation therapy, and stem cell or organ transplant. Also called immunosuppressed.”
In this time of Corona, one of the best things we could do is to maintain healthy habits and strengthen our immune system.
According to Professor Marc Pellegrini, an infectious diseases expert at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, “anything that makes your heart healthy, your lungs healthy, and kidneys healthy, will make your immune system healthy.” 
Some people say that eating green vegetables like broccoli could do wonders with our immune system. But experts say it’s all about having a well-balanced diet.
The CNN article “How to strengthen your immunity during the Coronavirus pandemic. Part 1: Diet” listed down key foods to improve your diet: 
Research shows that having enough sleep is essential to keeping a strong immune system. And that chronic sleep deprivation suppresses the immune system. 
With this lockdown life, it would presumably be easier to sleep in, right?
But if too much uncertainty and anxiety are keeping you up at night, know that it’s a normal response.
Here are some tips for getting more sleep, including lessening the amount of blue light at night, some meditation, and taking supplements containing natural sleep-inducing ingredients like VALI Sleep Well.
by Mark Miller July 08, 2021
Beginning an exercise program can be daunting, especially if you have never really been into fitness before.
Some people, when they exercise, strive for a bikini body. If you have a diving bell body, don't fret, you too can be helped by regular exercise. You can look better, but more important feel better if you eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep.
by Mark Miller July 06, 2021
You've heard running can help you slim down, help maintain heart and lung health, and keep your body strong. Those benefits alone can help you feel well mentally.
But did you know that running can also help lift your mood and even ward off depression? It can help you be more creative and productive and feel less stressed out.
No wonder about 50 million Americans, or 15 percent of the population, jog or run regularly!
by Mark Miller July 01, 2021
Whatever kind of intense exercise you do, whether running, weightlifting, team sports, or hard work, your body needs rest days.
In fact, Healthline says rest days are just as important as exercise days, and no regimen is complete without both exercise and rest. Rest enhances your energy and restores the body to full capacity.
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