COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the coronavirus. The people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience respiratory problems. Infants, toddlers, elderly people and people with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
- Maintain hygiene standards like washing hands frequently,
- Using an alcohol sanitizer,
- Wearing a mask (cover your nose and mouth) and avoiding touching your hand or mouth.
- Personal and environmental hygiene.
- Avoid Public places or maintain enough distance.
There are also certain methods to improve immunity situation.
Definition of Immunity is “the ability of an organism to resist a particular infection or toxin by the action of specific antibodies or sensitized white blood cells.” It starts developing in one’s body from the time of birth. The level at which immunity develops depends on the diet, Mother’s milk etc. Ageing lowers immunity.
Coronavirus is an antigen attacking the human body and therefore antibodies will be produced by the body to tackle the situation in a person with a healthy immune system.
Focus on Your Diet:
Immunity and overall health of oneself are determined by the food you eat. A low carbohydrate diet will help control high blood sugar and pressure. Focus on a protein-rich diet too.
Boost your immunity:
- Citrus Fruits – Vitamin C is thought to increase the production of white blood cells, which are key to fighting infections. Most people eat citrus fruits when they catch up cold because citrus fruits increase immunity and help fight the cold. All the citrus fruits are the rich sources of vitamin C. It also plays a major role in iron absorption.
Citrus fruits are grapefruit, oranges, lemons, limes etc.
- Broccoli – is supercharged with vitamins A, C, and E, as well as fibre and many other antioxidants. The best way to cook it- is steaming or consuming it raw to keep its nutrients intact.
- Garlic and Ginger – These two ingredients are widely used in most of the preparations around the world especially in India. These have special antioxidant properties. Garlic has immune-boosting properties which seem to come from a heavy concentration of sulfur-containing compounds, such as allicin. Ginger can help reduce sore throat and inflammatory illnesses.
- Turmeric – It is a key ingredient in many curries. This bright yellow spice has been used for years as an anti-inflammatory agent. Curcumin acts as an immune booster.
- Papaya – All the yellow and orange fruits and vegetables are rich in Beta carotene i.e., Inactive form of Vitamin A. The digestive enzyme present in papaya is called papain that has anti-inflammatory effects. Papayas have good amounts of minerals and folate, all of which are beneficial to your overall health.
- Kiwi – It contains full of a ton of essential nutrients including folate, potassium, vitamin K, and vitamin C.
- Poultry – It is a source of high biological value, lean protein.
More Ways to Stay Healthy
- Variety is key to a healthy Plate.
- Have a well-balanced diet.
- Load your Plate with more different coloured vegetables and fruits.
- Pay attention to serving sizes.
- Hydrate yourself, Drink Plenty of Water.
- Keep a watch on junk.