The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has undeniably disrupted our daily lives. With the number of cases increasing each day, we have all developed a fear of catching the virus. It’s easy to think that we’re living in a dystopian world right now, but there are many ways in which you can protect yourself from the virus.
Wearing a mask when you go outside, washing your hands every few hours and sanitizing your household items regularly has become the norm. Following these measures will definitely reduce your chances of contracting the coronavirus.
But making sure your immune system is as strong as can be is paramount at this juncture. Adopting healthier habits that boost your immune system is the best thing you and your family can do to stay safe in the midst of this pandemic.
Immunity boosting tips during COVID-19
- Take foods and vitamins that boost your immunity
The food you eat plays a crucial role in determining your overall health and immunity. Eat a balanced diet that consists of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Some of the foods that are well known for their immunity boosting capabilities are ginger, citrus fruits, turmeric and basil to name a few. Vegetables like carrot, spinach, dark leafy greens and tomatoes are essential to your diet during this time.
These foods contain essential nutrients like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D and minerals like magnesium and zinc which act as immunity boosting vitamins.
- Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated is the easiest way you can boost your immunity. Hydrations flushes out all the toxins from the body and lowers the chances of catching the flu. Drink up to 8-10 glasses of water every day to stay hydrated. You can also drink coconut water and juices made out of citrus fruits to give your immunity a boost.
- Improve your sleep habits
It has been shown that people who sleep for less than 6 hours are more likely to catch infections than those who sleep for more than 7 hours. Lack of sleep will prevent the body from resting and will impair other bodily functions that will have a direct impact on your immunity. Hence it is advised that you get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
- Don’t skip those home workouts
A healthy adult needs at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of physical activity every week. Exercise has been shown to fight off infections by flushing toxins from the body through sweat. There are numerous home workout videos available on the internet that you can follow to get your daily dose of physical activity. Regular exercise improves metabolism, which directly affects body immunity.
- Destress yourself
Staying inside for prolonged times can be really stressful and affect both the immune system and your mental health. Practicing meditation can help in reducing your cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone released when you are under too much stress, that impairs the body’s response to immediate surroundings. Meditation is a tried and tested activity to calm the nerves.
Many people indulge in habits such as smoking, vaping and drinking alcohol when under stress. Engaging in smoking and vaping is proven to weaken your lung capacity. individuals who engage in heavy alcohol consumption tend to suffer from ARDS (Acute Respiratory distress syndrome) which is one of the conditions caused by COVID 19 infection. Try not to indulge in these habits as much as you can.
Our healthcare workers are actively fighting the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. We can do our part by following precautionary measures and taking care of our health to lift some burden off of them. If you show any symptoms, please call the emergency helpline and seek immediate help. Stay home, stay safe!