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Coronavirus concerns: How to boost your immune system

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Posted at 3:32 PM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 16:55:37-04

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - You may be washing your hands 10 times and day and basically bathing in hand sanitizer. No doubt, Coronavirus has many here in Hampton Roads and across the nation worried of it's spread.

But how can you keep your body healthy? First tip, try not to stress says Dr. Ryan Light with Greenbrier Family Medicine.

"When you stress or are anxious your cortisol levels go up and that lowers your immune system that's how it s working in your body reducing your stress," said Light. "So reducing physical and mental stress will help reduce the risk of getting Coronavirus."

Light says another simple tip is getting enough sleep.

"Getting that eight hours of sleep a night is huge because if we are not well rested our bodies immune system doesn't work like it should," Light said,

He says another booster is getting up and moving.

"Regular exercise like cardiovascular exercise five days a week, 30 min a day has been shown to boost your system," said Light

Light says also load up up fruits, veggies and antioxidants is also key, and put down the processed food, soda and candy.

"When we eat junk we run like junk," said Light.

What about all those supplements and vitamins at the drug store, will they help prevent Coronavirus?

"Not exactly, we know that Vitamin C can help during a cold and can decrease the duration just like Zinc lozenges, but it won't prevent you from getting Coronavirus," said Light.

Light said one supplement you will want to grab is Vitamin D.

"We need about 15 minutes of sunlight a day, and if you are not getting that you want to take Vitamin D as it helps your immune system function properly," said Light