How To Boost Your Immune System To Fight COVID-19? It has been months since the world became aware of its danger but we still have not figured out effective ways to fight with the Novel CoronaVirus. As Covid-19 is a new disease to all of us, we do not know how to completely decimate the outbreak.
While it is common knowledge about how much harm can this pandemic cause to humanity, one thing that is comforting is that our personal safety is in our own ‘hands’. Yes, literally in our own hands. We are all aware of the vitality that personal hygiene and cleanliness in general possess currently and it is the most effective way to prevent yourselves from getting infected.
Additionally, the world has still not successfully found ways to cure Covid-19. Those who are getting infected are getting treatment to relieve the symptoms and to boost immunity. So, now you know why everyone is talking about ‘boosting immunity’ and eating healthy.
Generally, due to the modern eating habits, stress and lack of physical activity result in a weak immune system of a person. So, here are some effective ways to boost your immune system which will then help you to fight Covid-19 or any disease for that matter.
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Ways To Boost Your Immunity
A good immune system helps you a lot in living a long and happy life without the constant need of medicines every time you get a mild fever.
Here are some measures that you can take to boost your immune system effectively.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
The key to a good immune system is to follow a healthy and balanced diet that satisfies all your nutrition requirements. This does not only depend on what you eat, it also greatly affects when you eat it.
Ideally, your meals should have low carbs that control your blood pressure and also keeps a check on the sugar levels in your body. Then, every meal you eat must ideally have a good protein portion in it. As amino acids are very difficult for the body to digest, a protein-rich diet will keep you in good shape and will keep you energized. It becomes even more important if you are engaged in physical activities on a regular basis.
Make sure you have a large portion of vegetables and fruits every day. They fulfill your vitamin and mineral requirements the most.
Lastly, try to eat complex carbs like jowar, bajra, millet instead of simple carbs like Maida (refined flour), sugar and so on.
Good sleep can be one solution to many of your problems. An average person should at least sleep for about 7-8 hours a day without any disturbance and tension. Lesser sleep makes you feel tired and can cause long-term health problems.
It is also of a popular belief that compromising on adequate sleep negatively affects your immune system as lack of rest does not allow the body to repair and heal its internal working system. There are some things that the body can perform only when you are in a heavy sleep.
How to get good sleep? Well, make sure you do some physical activity on a regular basis. Also, try to avoid the consumption of caffeine at least 6-8 hours before you go to sleep.
Modern scientific studies show that those who exercise on a daily basis or are even engaged in some kind of physical activity have a more developed immune system than those who are not exercising regularly.
Exercising regularly releases a lot of unwanted toxins from your body so in a way, it cleanses your internal system. It also is believed to improve the metabolism rates of our body which has a direct effect on immunity.
Moreover, now that we are all locked down in our houses, it is just the right time to stop complaining about our lives being so hectic and just start doing work-outs in your house. There are a lot of YouTube videos that can help you to get started with this.
An average person must consume at least 3-4 liters of water per day. Water detoxifies your body by flushing out the unwanted substances through urine.
Other alternatives that also keep you hydrated are coconut water and fruit juices and vegetable juices too.
However, make sure you are having them freshly prepared and avoid adding any sugar.
Healthy Personal Habits
Avoid the Consumption of Addictive Substances
Keep a check on the consumption of addictive substances such as alcohol. Avoid them as much as you can as these substances have a direct relationship with your help. Prolonged and regular usage of these can impair bodily functions permanently which then affects the immune system.
Smoking of any kind such as cigarettes or vapes is a big NO as these things do nothing but harm your body. They slowly weaken your lung capacity and damage the respiratory tracts. They also destroy certain cells that are essential to fight the viruses. It will take a separate article if we start about writing the disadvantages of smoking.
Lastly, practice moderation in the consumption of your caffeinated drinks like tea and coffee. Although, a cup of that every day won’t harm and may even prove to be beneficial for your body but anything in excess is equivalent to poison.
Stress has many sorts of long-term problems for your body such as heart implications, asthma, panic attacks or some mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and so on.
The major reason for stress is over-thinking. The current scenario of the world is such that one is naturally supposed to get worried after seeing how the virus is proving to be perilous to the world and to humanity. The increasing number of cases and deaths every day gives us even more worries. The fear of forthcoming economic recession, fear of losing our jobs do nothing but add to our concerns.
The best way to calm ourselves and heal our minds is meditation. It is an activity practiced since ages for peace of mind.
If the mental problems that you are facing are getting serious, you can always seek for professional help. Also, talking to friends and family now and then is a great way to distress yourself.
Foods That Help In Boosting Immunity
Here are some basic foods that you can stock up during this pandemic to boost your immune system.
Broccoli is a really nutritious green vegetable that you should consume on a regular basis. It is very rich in Vitamin C and in fact, about half of your daily Vitamin C requirement can be satisfied by consuming just half a cup of broccoli.
Broccoli is also filled with antioxidants and phytochemicals which are helpful in improving our immunity. You can eat it raw or after cooking it.
Garlic doesn’t just flavour up your foods, it is full of health benefits. It is known to lower your blood pressure and also reduces the risk of heart implications.
Garlic has high sulphur content which is great for fighting some infections and also for your hair growth. Also, it is an easy food to add in the diet as you can literally add garlic to most of the dishes out there.
Spinach is one of the most nutritious vegetables out there. Eating it on a regular basis can do wonders for your body. It is rich in Vitamin C and also has a lot of antioxidants. It also possesses beta-carotene, an element that is vital for a proper functioning immune system.
Although spinach is best when eaten raw, you can also have it slightly cooked or maybe with a soup.
Mushrooms are also quintessential for boosting immunity as they are rich in Vitamin-D which means they help our body in absorbing and utilizing calcium. So, it is indirectly good for the bones.
Also, it is one of those foods that are nutritious as well as tasty, so there is no challenge in eating it.
Yogurt has something called lactobacillus; it is a good bacterium which improves the digestive system of the body. It is also known to have probiotics that help in the working of the immune system. Also, yogurt is made of milk so it is high in calcium; an element that promotes better bone and teeth health.
Ayurveda and also modern science to some extent believe that consuming five superfoods: Sunflower seeds, Chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds and pumpkin seeds can provide you with all the nutritional value you need.
They are a great source of boosting immunity and have tonnes of health benefits. Consuming them daily can do many long-term wonders for you. Also, they help in pacing up the fat-loss process of your body too.
The future is very unclear as of now and we do not exactly know how long this Covid-19 outbreak will continue to haunt us. So, it is better that we start taking some preventive measures that will not only help us fight Covid-19 but will also make our body stronger for any future medical concern.
So, if you have anything positive or informative to share with us that can help us in knocking this pandemic down do not miss on commenting down below.
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