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#PINNED: Easy ways to boost your immunity this season

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The COVID-19 crisis has infected more than 200 people in the Philippines as of writing. Enhanced community quarantine measures are in place, forcing people to stay at home. With all this extra time in our hands (because let’s face it, not being stuck in traffic easily frees up a huge chunk of our day), what can we do to fight the virus by ourselves?

#Pinned lists some easy ways to boost our immune system in the face of COVID-19. Hopefully, they will ease some worries and spark some hope that after all of this, we’ll come back tougher than ever.


Gotta blame it on my juice

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Food photo created by freepik -

Fruits and vegetables pack loads of nutrients to boost immunity. Problem is, even adults get tired of plain carrot sticks after a while. Why not mix it up—literally? Here are some fruit and veggie combos that may help combat those virus cells:

Apple + Carrot - the sweetness of the apple contrasts well with the tang of the carrot. Together, this recipe combines Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, and Vitamin C along with folic acid and potassium. Fever what?

Orange + Turmeric - yes, we know. Turmeric doesn’t really sound appetizing. But hey, at least we won’t get sick. This recipe is rich with Vitamin C, fiber, iron, and zinc.

Spinach + Orange + Celery + Ginger - welcome to the god tier. We know it's real when leafy greens come into the mix (pun intended). For us beginners, adding more fruits than vegetables is advised as we work our way up. The vitamins present in this recipe are not only good for immunity, they’re good for the skin and hair as well. Fair trade off, we say.


How do you sleep

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Being stuck at home poses the temptation to binge-watch your favorite series and movies. And while we support that, we also would like to promote a healthier lifestyle this time around. Sleep as normal as possible—that means no staying up until 2 AM only to mess our body clocks up. Lack of sleep causes people to be more susceptible to viruses such as the common cold, how much more to a full-blown pandemic like COVID-19? See? So get those Zs.


Come on, come on, come on, let’s get physical

No, we’re not saying go on a full bodybuilder persona; gyms are closed, anyway. We’re saying, try to sneak in some physical activity everyday. Exercise improves blood circulation, which in turn helps the immune system cells go around the body more freely and act quicker should they find disease-causing cells.

Normally we would suggest going out for a walk, but since we’re on quarantine, here are some helpful videos to get us on our feet indoors:


I want your stupid love

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People photo created by jcomp -

No one more surprised than us but right there at the top of Web MD’s list “10 Surprising Health Benefits of Sex” is really a “healthier immune system.” Apparently, those who had sex once or twice a week reportedly had more virus-fighting antibodies than those who had none. Really. As if we needed any more reason to get some action (oops).

We can’t make this up, people.


BONUS: Listen to music that makes us happy

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels
Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels

Finally, and we’ve been saving this for last because we can’t help it, listening to music we love enhances our overall positive state. A study from Switzerland suggests that music has ties to emotions, and emotions have a deep connection to the immune system. TL,DR: if we listen to music that makes us happy, our bodies become sharper and more guarded against diseases.

Time to make an “immunity booster” playlist. Why not start from the songs we hid in here? *wink, wink*

We’ll all be stuck at home for a long while. Cabin fever, or being easily annoyed because of confinement, is very real. Try not to snap at anybody. Let’s make the most out of our time by improving our overall health. When we do that, our immunity to fight this disease will surely follow.

See you folks online!


Princess Daquigan is a writer, poet, and digital strategist who aims to tell stories that serve the Filipino youth. She helps brands and the causes she believes in to reach the right people through creative, data-driven strategies. She keeps (most) of her poems on her blog, hoping for a book deal.