IMMUNITY IS “WHAT YOU EAT”
The Voice of Chandigarh
Immunity is considered as the body’s ability to prevent the invasion of pathogens. Pathogens are foreign disease-causing substances, such as bacteria and viruses, and people are exposed to them every day. Now more than ever with the COVID-19 outbreak, we need to find ways to boost our immunity as much as possible. Making sure you are eating a diet high in immune-boosting nutrients is one way you can take an active role in maintaining your health and wellness. 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. 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 a crucial participant in the army of immunity.
There are several herbs that help in boosting immunity like garlic, basil leaves and black cumin. Certain seeds and nuts like sunflower seeds, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds and melon seeds are excellent sources of protein and vitamin E. Probiotics like Yoghurt and fermented food are also excellent sources to rejuvenate the composition of gut bacteria, which is important for nutrient absorption by the body. These are good options for the older generation too. Don’t Compromise on sleep, Good snooze time for 7-8 hours is the best way to help your body build immunity; Drink up to 8-10 glasses of water every day to stay hydrated. Hydration will help flush out the toxins from the body. A good diet should be followed by routine exercise. Remember to exercise regularly; even light exercise will go a long way in releasing the toxins from your body. It is recommended to exercise for 30 to 45 minutes, depending on your stamina. Certain habits like smoking, alcohol consumption and substance abuse have a direct correlation between weakened body defences and respiratory illnesses.
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 and following basic hygiene protocol.