What better way to boost your immune system? Sleep, superfoods, exercise or supplements?
If there’s one thing that probably won’t change in the new year in these pandemic times, it’s our desire for healthier practices like sleeping more or devoting more time to self-care.
Being at the top of many people’s list is something we’ve been trying hard to do over the past couple of years: boosting our immune system against COVID-19.
And more recently, against a globally growing phenomenon: Flurona, when you are infected with both the flu virus and the COVID-19 coronavirus, either simultaneously or back-to-back.
But first, what is the immune system? The body’s natural defense is not just about one organ doing all the work, according to Dr. Leong Hoe Nam, an infectious disease physician at Rophi Clinic, Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital. It’s actually a complex web of white blood cells, antibodies, spleen, bone marrow and thymus, he said.
Then there’s the complement system (which is made up of proteins that enhance the attacking action of antibodies) and the lymphatic system (it traps germs, reacts to bacteria, and takes care of cells that would otherwise cause disease ), said Melanie Anthonysamy, the nutritionist. Team Leader at HealthifyMe.