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Stop making it a habit of doing these 7 things most Nigerians are doing. They reduce body immunity.

Habits are behaviors that we form and get used to as we grow. It is always said that old habits never die. This is true because no matter how much you try to change your habits, they never go. You can only form new ones so that those old ones will be overshadowed by your new habits. Why am talking about habits? Well, since you read the headlines and the topic, you should pretty much know by now.

There are so many unhealthy habits that we have cultivated over the years, either from being too lazy or careless. These habits have become a part of us and they cannot be changed (for those who even tried) no matter how hard you try. Below I have listed these habits and ways to curb them. This will also help in reducing the risk of you contracting COVID – 19.

1st Habit

Too much stress on the body

Prolonged periods of intense stress either from work or from your normal living can affect the immune system, according to the National Cancer Institute in America. Stress makes the brain boost production of the hormone cortisol, which impairs the function of infection-fighting T cells, explains John Spangler, MD, a professor of family and community medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina.

Solution

Try to relax always either during break and make sure to get good sleep in the night and on weekends. Also, practice meditation and Yoga to help relief you from stress related issues.

2nd habit

Sedentary lifestyle

Sitting down, lying down or staying in a particular spot for a really long time can greatly affect your body’s immunity negatively. This habit is unfortunately what many people have developed during this corona virus lockdown.

 Drinking and smoking too will also add more problems to your life if you continuously and excessively take them. Inactivity can lead obesity, inflammation and immune system impairment.

Solution

Make 2 hours of your spare time a time to stretch your bones and muscles so your blood can flow throughout your circulatory system and your muscles won’t be weak.

3rd habit

Imbalanced diet 

A diet high in saturated fat impairs the immune system, and salt and sugar also have negative effects on your body. Eating a food that is too much of protein or too much of carbohydrates is not healthy for you. Too much of carbohydrates can lead to kwashiorkor. 

Solution

  Make sure all your meals contain the six classes of food including water, not juice or wine.

4th habit

 Taking excess Alcohol

Excessive drinking can reduce the immune system’s response to invading pathogens, Alcohol also impairs the process of attacking and breaking down bacteria and viruses, in the body. It can also render the liver useless as the liver is responsible for filtering things like alcohol so it doesn’t get to the blood stream.

Solution

If you are an alcohol addict, try to keep your alcohol away from yourself and keep reducing the number of shots or glasses or cups you take per day.  

5th Habit

Lack of enough sleep

If you are someone who sleeps around 3’ 0clock and wakes up around 6, then you are obviously damaging your immune system. When sleep deprivation becomes chronic, it is associated with metabolic syndrome, a group of conditions that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, and also harms the cells that make up your immune system.

Solution

As an adult, make sure to get 7 - 9 hours of sleep daily try to sleep early.

6th habit

Burping

 Many people don't realize that this is an important medical symptom. Burping occurs during meals or when taking carbonated drinks.

It can be caused by eating a poor diet, junk foods, fatty foods, fried foods and so many other unhealthy foods.   

Burping suggests the presence of gastro-esophageal reflux (GERD). This happens when acid produced in the stomach passes the wrong way—up into the lower end of your esophagus (throat). This is a serious health risk and needs to be taken care of.

Solution.

Make sure to eat good food, drink less soft or alcohol drinks and try to lose weight.

7th habit

Consumption of sugar heavy foods

Eating foods with too much sugar content can have an adverse effect on our health. These foods create sugar bursts which stimulate areas of the brain which give us pleasure.

The Sugar bursts from such food might be why we take them often therefore leading to cravings and addiction. These are foods with a high glycaemic index. The list includes sugary foods and drinks, white bread and white pasta, white rice, cakes, doughnuts, and most packaged breakfast cereals. However, short bursts of high blood sugar can affect a negative effect on the immune response.

Solution

Stop eating junk! Roadside foods, Mama puts, Buka’s and even restaurants are not the best places to eat because they consider sweetness before health. Try to prepare less starchy foods and balanced diet for yourself.

   

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