Coronavirus: 5 ways to boost your immune system

Your game plan for staying healthy.

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In these times of self-isolation, stockpiling and hand-sanitising, it’s more important than ever that we look after our general health and wellbeing. Though there’s no miracle supplement or pill you can take to help ward off Coronavirus, there are a few things you can do to give your immune system a little bit of a boost.

Want to keep your body’s defences ticking over as best they can? Read on for a few pointers.

Keep an eye on your diet

Our bodies rely on vitamins and minerals to function properly, so eating a variety of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables is key. And if they’re organic? Even better, as organic produce has a more diverse population of good bacteria.

Other good things to eat and drink are plain yoghurts and fermented drinks like kombucha and kefir, which help to support the good bacteria living in your body (which, in turn, fight off bad bacteria and viruses).

Do some exercise

About 30 to 60 minutes of low to moderate intensity exercise per day can help to improve the functioning of your immune system. Worried about germs? A walk or run outside will do wonders.

Don’t overdo it, though – as counter-intuitive as it may seem, high-intensity training can actually have a negative effect on your body’s natural defences.


Stress stops your immune system from functioning properly, so it’s a good idea to take some time out to relax every once in a while.

Calming exercises such as meditation or listening to ambient music can help to keep stress hormone levels low.

Get more sleep

Those seven to eight hours of sleep each night really are important. Why? Because during sleep, your body produces cytokines – a type of protein that targets inflammation and infection.

If you don’t get enough sleep, even just for one night, it can affect your immune system for the worse – leaving you more susceptible to colds and other viruses.

Try to get some sun

We know, this one might not seem all that achievable depending on where you are in the world – but a little goes a long way. Just five to 15 minutes of sun exposure per week is enough to help boost your immune system.

How? Sunlight helps our bodies to make vitamin D, which helps to protect against the likes of depression, heart disease, cancer, as well as other ailments.

Know any other tips for boosting your immune system? Tell us in the comments.

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Comments (8)

  • Sounds good. I should do the above just in everyday life. Corona or no Corona

      1 year ago
  • At the local Coles Surpermarget the only department not sold out is the good old fruit and veg. Obviously the village idiots don’t eat their greens.

      1 year ago
  • Hey thanks for this. Some nice tips/reminders

      1 year ago
  • Will cheese and wine boost my immune system?

      1 year ago
  • Isolated geological exploration expeditions.

    You get to play in the dirt, a long way from crowds of people, and you get very well paid.

    In Australia there is a sliding scale isolation tax rebate.

    The further you get from govt services, the less tax you pay.

    This rebate system encourages super high tech development.

    Which enables the crews to be much smaller, and to a large extent , each crew member works on his or her lonesome, with their own vehicle, some radio controlled drill rod loaders.

    Meanwhile, a canny Scotsman has invented a coiled tube continuous drill rod.

    This will save a fortune in labour, and will reduce injuries.

    Now there will be a competition between remote controlled drill rod loaders, and the coiled system.

    “The most significant development in mineral exploration for 50 years”

    News story

    Tuesday 17 July 2018

    It costs a sixth the amount of diamond drilling, a third the cost of reverse circulation drilling, and is quicker, safer and more environmentally friendly than most alternative drilling methods. Meet the RoXplorer® Coiled Tubing Drill Rig.-


    Daniel Jauk and Nik Malane

      1 year ago