If you have a compromised immune system chances are you’re susceptible to viruses and burnout
By Nicole Ganglani | Photo from Unsplash and Pixabay | Art by Tricia Guevara

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause respiratory diseases in humans. The novel coronavirus, which is now known as COVID-19, is one of the newest strains of the group. The virus can affect humans in different ways—it causes illnesses as mild as colds to more severe ones like pneumonia. It spreads through close contact between people from three to six feet. The most common way the virus spreads is when the sick person coughs or sneezes on someone.

As with a number of other countries, COVID-19 continues to be a serious concern here in the Philippines. As of writing, the country has already reported its first coronavirus death and there’s still a huge possibility that it may increase. The coronavirus is considered to be like any other flu with the symptoms of runny nose, fever, cough, sore throat and fatigue. A recent study published in the journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) found that the most common symptoms of the virus are fever, fatigue and dry cough. Moreover, just like a regular flu, COVID-19 targets people with compromised immune systems.

That’s why the best way to avoid catching the virus is to make an effort to protect our immune system. According to the World Health Organization, some basic protective measures we must take is to watch what we eat (avoid undercooked animal products), practice respiratory hygiene like washing your hands frequently and maintain social distancing. When you keep your immune system healthy, you avoid not just the chances of experiencing viruses like COVID-19 but also other medical conditions that range from mild to severe like pneumonia, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and perhaps most common nowadays—burnout.

How Does a Weak Immune System Lead to Burnout?
As mentioned above, if you have a compromised immune system, chances are you’re easily going to get sick. Being sick takes a toll on your energy level, which in turn can have negative effects on your work performance. In competitive workplaces this can also make you more prone to burnouts.

Millennial burnout is not a temporary affliction but an alarming condition that’s becoming increasingly rampant. It’s been reported that 23 percent of employees always feel burned out while 44 percent feel it sometimes. High levels of burnout result in headaches, muscle pain, low energy, inability to focus and lack of motivation.

With a strong immune system, you’re less likely to get sick, and by extension, burned out. If your immune system can respond effectively to the daily strains of your job, then you’re mostly safe from being easily fatigued or stressed out, which, in turn, can save you from catching other diseases (on top of burnout) such as flu.
The good news, however, is that we can actually avoid getting sick (and potentially getting burned out) by taking concrete steps to boost our immune system.

Boosting Your Immune System is the Key

An article in Harvard Health and Publishing notes that a healthy immune system requires balance and harmony, which means you need to consider a variety of factors including diet, exercise and environment. Generally, though, it helps to follow healthy lifestyle strategies such as eating a well-balanced meal high in fruits and vegetables, getting enough physical activity and avoiding unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking alcohol.

It’s also worth mentioning that one of the most convenient ways to help boost our immune system is to take the right vitamins regularly. Vitamins can keep bodily functions in a healthy state as well as increase our optimum physical and mental performance. The vitamins that provide these are those that contain natural substances such as royal jelly and ginseng, and antioxidant nutrients (vitamins A, C, E, and zinc). Vitamins like Enervon Activ have all these ingredients and can help build stamina, enhance our psychomotor performance and boost immunity—thus curbing the chances of burnout.

Aside from royal jelly and ginseng, the presence of B-complex vitamins and iron specifically also provides an energy boost as it helps break down our food to utilizable energy—which is an advantage for those always on the go. Moreover, it also enhances our immune functions and protects the cells from harmful chemicals that we absorb from the food we eat especially during the coronavirus outbreak.

Taking care of our immune system is the most practical way to avoid COVID-19 and other illnesses. If you want to avoid catching the virus or feeling exhausted and overwhelmed at work, you must prioritize your health by getting enough sleep daily, having some sort of physical movement and making sure we get the right nutrients. Whether that’s squeezing in 30 minutes of exercise into your daily schedule or taking the right choice of vitamins like Enervon Activ, these simple self-care habits can go a long way in improving your immune system and overall health.

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