Brits are being told to stay at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus, to flatten the curve and ease the pressure on the NHS.
While there is no treatment for Covid-19, washing your hands and trying not to touch your face is good practice to limit the spread.
But there are also other ways of strengthening your immune system to prevent getting sick.
Dr Michael Barnish, Head of Nutrition and Genetics at REVIV, the leading supplier globally of immunity boosting IV therapies, has put together some essential information.
These tips could be essential in preventing you getting ill, or managing to shake off Covid-19 more quickly if you do become sick.
Below are five tips from Dr Barnish which you should consider implementing.
1. Vitamin D
“ Vitamin D is extremely important for normal immune function”, said Dr Barnish.
But deficiency has become a modern problem due to poorer diets, sunscreen use during the day, avoiding the sun and spending so much time indoors.
Dr Barnish advised: “Try to up your intake of eggs, mushrooms and oily fish.
“Sun exposure helps to give our your body a vitamin D boost, so get out for a walk if you can, not only will you get a dose of this sunshine vitamin but even a small amount of exercise can boost your immunity.”
2. Vitamin C
According to Dr Barnish, there are clinical trials underway that are highlighting vitamin C’s potential importance in the control and spread of Covid-19.
Vitamin C is an important immune system player and a powerful antioxidant.
Dr Barnish said: “Eating fresh, organic fruit and vegetables containing vitamin C obviously helps (and even potatoes contain it), but to really boost immunity think about taking a supplement.”
“Antioxidants are essential for our bodies to neutralise toxins (or free radicals) and to keep ourselves fighting fit”, said Dr Barnish.
Because we’re exposed to more toxins today than ever before, we need more than what we are getting from our diets.
Dr Barnish advised: “Consider an antioxidant supplement, such as Coenzyme Q10 or Alpha Lipoic acid, remembering to buy from a reputable retailer.
“Eating foods high in beta-carotene, selenium and lycopene such as carrots, tomatoes, spinach, apricots, lean meat, whole-grains and watermelon, paying special attention to green leafy vegetables for an antioxidant boost. Broccoli anyone?”
Electrolytes are essential for the normal function of the immune system, and “an imbalance can leave us vulnerable”, said Dr Barnish.
He continued: “You may want to consider taking a magnesium supplement or a restorative salts solution if you have recently been ill. And don’t underestimate the power of a banana!”
5. Consider Lifestyle Genetic Testing
It’s now possible to “read the genes that you were born with and identify favourable and unfavourable genetic variations so that lifestyle and environmental conditions can be modified and lead to a longer and happier health span”, said Dr Barnish.
Several genes can be assessed in a lifestyle genetic test that “influence the nutritional requirement that the immune system requires or optimal function, specific to you”, he continued.
Dr Barnish added: “It can also reveal your individual ability to protect and detoxify from the abundant and harmful chemical world of, pesticides, pollutants, factory fumes, cigarette smoke and even heavy metals. Knowing this information could just save your life.”