Focusing current situation of the state, as the coronavirus/COVID-19 cases are continued to grow, so it has become important to boost our immune system in case if we actually come in contact with the virus so our body can effectively fight back.
The strength of the immune system varies from person to person and, from day to day because its ability to fight off infections and diseases fluctuates depending on many factors. Here are a couple of things you can follow to boost your immune system during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Wash Your Hands
Wash your frequently or use hand sanitizer after every 10 minutes. Follow the right way to wash your hands. This will minimize the attack of the virus more probably.
Eating a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables. A balanced diet is necessary to get right proportion of nutrients.
Deficiencies of vitamins A, B, C and E and minerals like copper, zinc, folic acid, iron, selenium can alter the immune response.
The use of supplements couldn’t treat coronavirus, but it can somehow slow down the progression of viruses. Intake of vitamin D and vitamin C is recommended. Sun is a good source of vitamin D, while natural sources of vitamin C are citrus fruits, kiwi, papaya, broccoli, and green leafy vegetables. Vitamin C is an important nutrient that boosts immunity.
Moreover, consumption of Probiotic like yogurt keeps your gut health as it is more linked to your immune system.
Zinc also strengthens immunity. It can be found in lentils, chickpeas, and meat. The deficiency of zinc can impair one’s immune system.
Much like healthy food, regular exercise, and good hygiene, “Enough Sleep” is also important for our health. If you didn’t get enough sleep, you will be more likely to fall sick after being exposed to the virus.
The average amount of sleep for most adults is between 7 and 8 hours. While school-going children
and teenagers might need up to 10 hours of sleep.
Exercise also improves blood circulation, allowing immune system cells to move through the body more freely and do their job more effectively. So exercise also plays a vital role to boost your immunity. But remember too much workout can be stressful on your body. 30 minutes of exercise per day is enough for your body. You can break that up into 3 sections of 10 minutes — do one section in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the evening.
As all the areas are closed due to lockdown, you can also use stairs in your home to walk up and down for the movement of your legs.
According to a leading expert smokers are likely at a more increased risk of COVID-19, in comparison to a non-smoker. He suggested that it’s particularly a good time to try to quit or cut down this habit.
Less Intake of Sugars
Avoid use of high intake of sugars, as it feeds on bad bacteria present in the gut, thus compromising its ability to do its functions properly.