With the COVID-19 pandemic taking over the world, nothing feels as important as keeping your immune system strong. That’s because a robust immune system can safeguard your body against a variety of bacteria, viruses, and harmful pathogens. Yet, the science is clear- no specific diet or lifestyle changes apart from proper social distancing and hygiene regimes can protect you from the deadly virus.
However, experts believe that certain healthy practices can help to keep your immunity up and lower the chances of catching an infection. So, adopting healthy practices such as eating nutritious foods, taking proper sleep, maintaining high standards of hygiene, and anything that benefits your immune health is the best thing you and your family can do to stay safe during the pandemic.
Tips to bolstering your immunity naturally-
Apart from external protection factors such as washing hands regularly, wearing a mask, and maintaining social distance, you must look at the ways to boost your immunity internally to fight off the monstrous infection. The following tips can support your body’s natural defence system and prepare it to beat serious infections and diseases.
Get a daily dose of nutrients-
Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to replenish your body with a range of essential micronutrients. In fact, filling half of your plate with fruits and vegetables (especially leafy greens) is the best way to strengthen your immune system. It is because fruits and vegetables come brimming with immunity-boosting constituents, including key nutrients such as vitamin A and C. A healthy diet when combined with light exercises makes the best way to empower your immune system. Some foods that come filled with immunity-boosting properties are ginger, citrus fruits, turmeric, giloy, and more. While deeper research is required, studies suggest that vitamin D may improve your body’s immune response and ability to fight respiratory maladies.
A healthy adult needs at least 150 minutes (2 hours, 30 minutes) of physical activities per week. Choose activities that you enjoy and start by doing as much as you can. Although experts aren’t fully sure how it helps your body fight infections, some healthcare professionals conclude an elevation in the basal body temperature and flushing microbes through the lungs during physical activity as the key factor behind it.
Manage your stress-
While there is no need to panic, you must adhere to the safety guidelines that are issued to the public. Coronavirus worries, apart from general life disruptions have added to our stress levels. But you must know that an increase in stress levels may impact your immunity.
Improve your sleep patterns-
While an active immune system helps your body fight infections and diseases, it doesn’t work well when you are sleep-deprived. It has been shown that people who sleep for insufficient hours (less than six hours) in a day are more likely to catch flu, allergies, and infections as compared with those who get restful sleep for more than 7 hours. Also, try adopting a fixed bedtime and wake-up schedule.
Practice good hygiene-
Remember, keeping germs at bay by following proper hygiene regimens is the first line of defence in the battle against coronavirus disease. You can prevent catching an infection or play your part in preventing its spread to others by maintaining good hand and respiratory hygiene, social distancing, and avoiding crowded places.
Most importantly, don’t forget to seek immediate medical help if someone in your family or friends develops symptoms of coronavirus infection.