Boosting your Immune system and minimize the risk of infection during Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world’s attention to the immune system.
The immune system is the body’s multi-level defence network against potentially harmful bacteria, viruses and other organisms.
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A healthy lifestyle helps one's immune system to be in the best shape possible to tackle pathogens, but it’s better to stop them entering the body in the first place.
Eating a balanced diet over time can help strengthen your immune system in the long term. “Building your immune system is kind of an ongoing process which can be attained by building a good nutritional foundation”.
“High-nutrient foods are especially going to contain a lot of those antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that give your body those vitamins and minerals that it needs to build a strong immune system.”
A healthy lifestyle helps our immune systems to be in the best shape possible to tackle pathogens.
- Not Smoking
- Not drinking alcohol or mild intake
- Sleeping well
- Eating a balanced diet
- Taking regular exercises
Reduce anxiety and boost immunity:
Staying at home during this pandemic is highly challenging for us and the increased anxiety and boredom can cause people to abandon their healthy eating habits and snack on whatever is around. But with a little thought and planning, you can continue to make good food choices and maybe even boost your mood and immunity.
- VitaminC rich-Citrus fruits like Orange,Lemon,Lime,cauliflower,papaya,tomatoes
- Spices - Ginger,garlic,turmeric
- Zinc rich foods - Meats,seeds,nuts,dairy,eggs
- Magnesium rich foods may helps you to keep calmer and support immunity - Legumes,nuts,seeds,leafy vegetables,whole grains
- Probiotic rich foods - Pickles,Yogurt,Kefir,Curd
- Anti-oxidants - Spinach,garlic,cabbage,beans,berries,dark chocolates
The bottom line:
Maintaining a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, engaging in regular physical activity, and not smoking are some of the most important ways to help keep your immune system healthy and reduce your chances of infection and disease.
If you decide that you want to try a supplement, speak with your healthcare provider first, as some supplements may interact with certain medications or are inappropriate for some people.