While it’s a time when a monster named Coronavirus (Covid-19) is at its height and roaming freely outsides, it’s time to pull out all the stops to keep our families and ourselves in good health and tiptop shape.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exerted a heavy toll worldwide and is declared as a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. It goes without saying that we all are at a great risk of illness during these times. While it is crucial to mention hygiene standards like washing your hands frequently, using an alcohol sanitizer to disinfect your hands, wearing a mask (cover your nose and mouth) and avoiding touching your hand or mouth, there is also an unquestionable need to boost up our immunity system which is paramount at this juncture.
Individuals in certain pre-existing illnesses like diabetes, hypertension, cardio vascular disease, and respiratory issues are at a higher risk of having Covid-19 complications. It also aggravates with age as the general immunity reduces, as you get older. In the younger generation with no underlying illnesses, Covid-19 can result in a minor infection, provided you have a robust immunity and do not engage in activities like smoking or vaping to combat the onslaught of the virus. Taking steps to protect yourself by boosting your immune health are absolutely warranted.
While the countries are grappling with imminent dangers that this deadly pandemic virus poses to humanity, there are plenty of questionable medicinal concoctions and folk remedies floating around.
If you fear, the dreaded illness, do not stockpile the tissues yet. Beyond getting random medicines and washing your hands religiously, the best line of defense comes from simple, healthy habits. Home treatments and natural remedies can help us take charge of our day-to-day health and boost immunity during this pandemic season.
So, Here Are Few Key Measures That Individuals Can Take To Fight This Pandemic.
- Sleep like a Human!
I understand that this pandemic has introduced us to a new term “Quarantine” and also we aren’t running a race, it’s tempting to binge-watch our favorite shows that we all were sacrificing as we were short on time till now. But research shows that staying up all night can wreak havoc on your immune system, making you more likely to catch a virus and making it even harder to fight it off.
Do your body a favor: Ditch the late night screen time and get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep a night.
- Improve Your Diet
The food you eat plays a key aspect in determining your overall health and immunity. Eat low carb diets, as this will help control high blood sugar and pressure. A low carb diet will help slow down diabetes and focus on a protein-rich diet to keep you in good shape. And regularly consume vegetables and fruits rich in Beta carotene, Ascorbic acid & other essential vitamins. Certain foods like mushrooms, tomato, bell pepper and green vegetables like broccoli, spinach are also good options to build resilience in the body against infections.
Some natural immunity supplements include ginger, gooseberries (amla) and turmeric. Some of these superfoods are common ingredients in Indian dishes and snacks. There are several herbs that help in boosting immunity like garlic, Basel leaves and Black cumin. Certain seeds and nuts like sunflower seeds, Flax seed, pumpkin seeds and melon seeds are excellent sources of protein and vitamin E. Have a binge eating session of these food along with your series.
- Keep your mind active.
Read books, learn a new language, catch up on the latest in medical news and research that you may have been neglecting, or that stack of your favorite journals on your desk that have been collecting dust.
- Soak Up Some Sun.
You may resist the idea of going outside, but no one is asking you to roam on the streets. Climb up your terrace or to your balcony area when there’s a bit of sun shining because it is great for your immunity. Vitamin D is an immune system supercharger and soaking up a few rays is the most natural and efficient way to stock up on it.
Just make sure not to overdo it. Too many rays can result in sunburns or skin cancer. You only need a few minutes — between 15 to 20 — to get the D dosage you need.
- Laugh a little (or a lot).
Binge-watching until the wee hours of the night isn’t recommended, but a few episodes of your favorite funny show are beneficial. It is said that laughter really is the best medicine: It can give your immunity a ridiculously easy boost.
Laughing — and an overall happy, positive attitude — lowers stress levels and can promote sleep, arguably two of the most crucial elements to a healthy body. And, admit it, it’s probably the most fun you’ll have giving your immune system a boost.
- Don’t Skip on Exercise
A good diet should be followed by an exercise routine. Remember to exercise regularly; even light exercise will go a long way in releasing the toxins from your body. It is recommended to exercise for 30 to 45 minutes, depending on your stamina. If you have not started exercising yet, then it is a good time to start. There are several Youtube channels and apps to help you exercise at home.
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Boosting your immunity doesn’t have to be a chore — in fact, it can be delicious, relaxing, and fun.
Stay Home, Stay Safe!