Like any other defence mechanism, our body has its security system that keeps all the unwanted guest out of our smooth working. Since we know that there is no proven cure for the ongoing COVID-19 virus. It is novel and spreads quite fast. The only measure provided by the government and the authorities is to keep prevention from the infection. Along with keeping an appropriate social-distance, wearing masks, it is also advisable to keep your immunity up. Boost your immunity by different methods. So, today we will be discussing the different methods to keep up with your immunity.
How Does Immunity Work
As we discussed, that the immune system is the self-protective system of our body that keeps all the chaos and diseases creating viruses and bacteria away. If your immune system is good and strong enough, then your body will be able to resist the infections surrounding the environment. As a matter of fact, the immunity of a person keeps growing and falling according to the lifestyle followed. So, you can have good immunity as a whole, but if you do not take good care of it, it can go down a little.
That is when you fall sick or catch an allergic reaction or cold/cough. During the risky times of coronavirus, it has been advised to take various steps to boost your immunity. You can use any of all the recommended ways to increase your immunity. We here have listed all the easiest but effective methods that you can do during these times. So, let’s begin with that.
Tips to Boost Immunity Easily
No immunity booster magically will increase your disease resistance. It is your lifestyle and dietary changes that can result in high immunity to resist bacteria and viruses. Here are 10 tips to boost your immunity easily.
1. Get Adequate Sleep
Lack of good sleep or unhealthy sleeping pattern has been linked to easy susceptibility to diseases and infections. So, take adequate sleep. Check your sleeping pattern. Do not push your bedtime, rather hit the bed on time and wake up early. You will get a long day to spend and you will active the whole time.
2. Eat more Plant-Based Foods
Plant-based foods are known to increase your immunity. Green leafy vegetables, colourful bell peppers, and other colourful vegetables can boost your immunity while you eat your regular food. Use whole plant-based foods as we eat in our Indian households. Include salad in your meals and add sprouts as well. All these foods are full of antioxidants and vitamins, minerals.
3. Eat more Probiotic Foods
Probiotic foods like, curd, yoghurt, fermented foods like idli, dosalassi, achar, etc are rich in active biotic bacteria. They can boost our immune system, strong enough to keep us safe from unwanted invasions.
4. Keep Yourself Active
Exercising will keep you active and your body will stay fit. A fit body is usually immune from any of the possible diseases and issues. You can indulge in any kind of physical activity that you like. Yoga, aerobics, Zumba or breathing exercises. You can find easy home-tutorials for all these exercises. Also, you now can go for a brisk run out in your area but do not forget to take appropriate measures. Avoid being in a passive mode all the time.
5. Reduce Stress
Stress or chronic stress have shown more vulnerable effects on a person. So, try not to stress yourself. Keep your sanity on hold because this is the time when we need it the most. Do not pay more than necessary attention over the events going on around you. Watch the news just for the sake of information and try to turn in off before you go for your night sleep. Use the path of meditation to stay calm and peaceful.
6. Cut Packaged Foods
Packaged foods are the least good things that you should include in your diet. But can they affect our immunity? Yes, they can. Packaged foods usually are laced with harmful preservative and additives that can lower the ability of your body to resist our gems, bacteria and viruses. So, try to eat home-made as much as possible. Eat organic food as much as possible.
7. One Whole Fruit a Day
Make a habit of including one fruit in your daily diet. Pick any seasonal fruit. Mango, watermelon, apples or anything that is locally available in your market. Fruits are rich in mineral and vitamin content. Kiwi is high in anti-oxidant. Do not rely on packaged juices for your fruit content. Either press your juice at home or eat the whole fruit to consume the fibre as well.
8. Eat Nuts
Nuts are delicious and fulfilling. Also, they are rich in essential amino acids and omega-3 fatty acids. Eat overnight soaked nuts in the morning. Almonds, cashew, walnuts and raisins are the best of all. Apart from then, you can also include dried peaches and pumpkin-seeds.
9. Turmeric Milk
A cup of warm milk with half a teaspoon of turmeric in it before bed. This simple drink can boost your immunity easily. Make it a habit at your home to have this drink before bedtime. It tastes very fine and has loads of antioxidants and therapeutic values in it.
Freshly brewed tea with a mix of therapeutic herbs and spices with water is locally known as kadha. Our Dadi and Nani would always depend on these home-remedies to stay healthy and disease-free. Brew some at your home and serve a cup to your family.
The lockdown might have eased but the virus is still here among us. We still need to take precautionary measures to save yourselves from the contamination. The first step to do that is to keep your immunity high. There is no specific booster to do that. But, we can make good changes in our eating habits to keep our immunity high during the times of corona. Other than that, keep washing your hands, wear mask and practice social-distancing till the time.