In this pandemic everyone wants to boost their immunity. But the question is, how to boost up immunity?
Covid‐19 attacks people with low immune systems and people especially people of under and over ages. The immune system is built on beneficial live bacteria that lives in the gut which protect the human body from various diseases. When the immune system response is low, weak, or damaged, it becomes an open invitation for infections such as coronavirus or other diseases like diabetes, heart disease, or cancer. Plant‐based foods increase and help the intestinal beneficial bacteria, and the overall gut micro biome health which makes up to 85% of the body’s immune system. On the other hand, excess of animal foods deplete the body from good bacteria, promote inflammation, and are the underlying cause of diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease cardiovascular diseases, hepatitis B, cancer, and chronic kidney diseases.
Patients of coronavirus must have plenty of water, as that will keep their mucous membranes moist which can further lower the chances of cold and flu. If they do not sense thirst that much, then they can prepare soup for them or have coconut water, milk, green tea, and even some homemade fruit juice will be helpful. There is currently no evidence of COVID‐19 virus survival in sewage or drinking water.
The food you eat plays a key aspect in determining your overall health and immunity. Eat low carb diets, as this will help control high blood sugar and pressure. A low carb diet will help slow down diabetes and focus on a protein-rich diet to keep you in good shape. And regularly consume vegetables and fruits rich in Beta carotene, Ascorbic acid & other essential vitamins. Certain foods like mushrooms, tomato, bell pepper and green vegetables like broccoli, spinach are also good options to build resilience in the body against infections.
Vitamin C is an important aspect of improving immunity, for the kids, adults, or even elderly people. Fruits like oranges, papaya, kiwi, and guava are rich in vitamin C and should be included in diet. Moreover, some vegetables like eggplant, bell peppers, beetroots, spinach, and cauliflower are known to be quite rich in vitamin C and are good for immunity. Green vegetables like broccoli, mushrooms, and even kale are a few immunity boosters that one can include in the diet. They improve the immune system of older people quite rapidly. Berries can also be included in the diet along with foods rich in omega‐3 fatty acids—beans, flax seeds, and even some nuts. Elderly people should consume Spirulina and Curcumin, as they are extremely rich in vitamin C and minerals. These super foods help in building and strengthening immunity at great level.
Water‐soluble vitamins have significant benefits in treatment of sepsis and septic shock, a life‐threatening condition, which is caused by inflammation produced by pathogenic organisms. Other ways vitamin C aids the body are as a pro‐oxidant for immune cells, antioxidant for lung epithelial cells, and immunosuppressive effects (Erol, 2020). Foods that contain vitamin C are oranges, kiwi, kale, and broccoli (Hill, 2018).
Vitamin E is vital for maintaining the overall health of elderly people, including their immunity. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that can protect you from various infections, bacteria, and viruses. Soaked almonds, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, and even hazelnuts should be consumed to get the daily dose of vitamin E. Vitamin E functions primarily as an un‐specific, chain‐breaking antioxidant that bans the spread of lipid peroxidation. This vitamin is often a radical peroxyl scavenger that protects the polyunsaturated fats in plasma membranes and lipoproteins (Liang et al., 2003). F2‐isoprostan quantification is the most effective indices of free‐radical production and oxidative lipid destruction in vivo (Lin et al., 2002). The F2‐isoprostans are enhanced, and their emission may be reduced by taking supplements with vitamin E. Vitamin E performs a significant part in preserving immune responses.
Some other aspects, you can stay healthy, and boost your immunity by these things:
Don’t avoid sleep: take at least 8 hours of sleep in a day.
Stay hydrated and try to drink water of every one hour gap, at least 12 glass of water in this summer season and 8 glasses water in winter season.
Never skip exercises, make routine of exercises in your life it will make you more attractive and boost your immunity very easily-
You can do yoga, aerobics, stretching, morning walk and many more things,
Be relaxed and distress, and do mediation it will help you to focus on your work
And lastly, take vitamin c every day and avoid sugar as much as you can
While the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic is fought by our health care workers, we can do our bit by limiting our exposure to the virus by staying indoors, social distancing, eating healthy, hydrating .