Since majority of population is still waiting for vaccination, the best possible alternative to fight COVID-19 pandemic is to strengthen the immune system. Immune system is the body’s defense mechanism for fighting off ‘foreign agents’. Therefore it is crucial to find ways to boost immunity against Coronavirus.
1. Maintaining a Healthy Diet
Incorporating green leafy vegetables and fresh seasonal fruits in your diet can drastically boost your immunity against Coronavirus. Local fruits provide ample minerals and antioxidants to fight off free radicals that induces inflammation in the body. In addition seasonal vegetables provide essential vitamins (A, C, D, and E) and minerals (magnesium, selenium, and zinc) that boost immunity. Therefore helps in warding off infection especially in children and elderly.
2. Enough Water Intake
Above all, staying hydrated throughout the day is a sure-shot way to boost immunity. Drinking 8-10 glasses of water is ideal to flush out toxins from the body. A healthy way to increase your water intake would be by eating water-rich fruits or making fresh juices.
3. Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is extremely important for the functioning of immune system. This can be achieved with a balanced-nutritious diet, meditation, proper exercise and sleep.
4. Enough Exposure to Sunlight
It is seen that enough exposure to sunlight results in the production of Vitamin D in the skin which helps prevent as spectrum of infections in the body.
5. Practicing Meditation
Meditation calms the mind and reduces levels of stress and anxiety. This is extremely crucial in the times of pandemic to maintain the mental and physical health.
6. Improved Sleep
Subsequently, good sleep of around 6-7 hours (for adults) and 8-9 hours (for kids) a day is beneficial for recharging and rejuvenating the body and improving the digestive system to provide immunity against Coronavirus.
7. Practicing Good Hygiene
Moreover, pandemic has taught us one thing for sure, that is to maintain good personal hygiene like washing hands regularly, using sanitizer in public places, and regular cleaning of clothes. Besides, these practices are beneficial to prevent diseases and infection.
8. Avoid Smoking and Alcohol
Consumption of alcohol reduces immunity and smoking in addition effects the respiratory system; However it is advisable to avoid substance abuse to increase the immune levels in the body.
9. Exercising Daily
Practicing yoga and moderate exercise like brisk walking or jogging daily can boost the levels of oxygen and thereby reduce inflammation in an individual.
10. Staying Connected to Friends & Family
Being indoors can seem lonely and increase depression and anxiety among individuals, hence it is important to remain in touch with friends and family through phone calls, video calls, and messages to stay in a positive frame of mind.