With more than 13 million people infected worldwide, scientists are working hard to find a way to stop the rapid spread of the new coronavirus. Judging by the current situation, we might have to get used to living a completely new lifestyle unless an effective vaccine or cure is found.
Initial data suggests that COVID-19 complications and COVID-19-related deaths are common among people with a weak immune system. Immunity is the body’s first line of defense against viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens, including the new coronavirus. A robust immune system can fight against this virus effectively and can prevent an infection. This is why immunity is so important, especially during a pandemic.
The food that we eat determines how we feel. For our body and immune system to work efficiently, we must include essential vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein, and other essential nutrients. To give your immune system a boost, make sure you try the following hacks:
1) Detox Tea
Make a decoction by boiling tulsi (holy basil), ginger, turmeric, and lemon in water for approximately 15 minutes. Strain it and store this concoction. You can sip on this detox tea throughout the day. The herbs in it have excellent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and lemon is a good source of vitamin C, which all help strengthen your immune system.
2) Vegetable Soups
Make soups out of vegetables like drumsticks, spinach, pumpkins, bottle gourd, ginger, and garlic. They are rich in nutrients and fiber. If you feel it is too hot to enjoy a warm bowl of soup, you can cool it down to room temperature and then drink it. The high-fiber content will replenish gut-friendly bacteria, which will help with digestion, absorption, prevent constipation, and keep your gastrointestinal system functioning properly. A healthy digestive system is essential for good health.
3) Steam Inhalation
Steam inhalation is the best way to keep your nasal cavity and throat hydrated. This reduces the risk of dry cough and sore throat. Use a steam inhaler before going to bed after getting up. This will not kill viruses in the nasal passage, but it will keep your sinuses patent.
4) Vitamin C and D
Vitamin C, found in lemons, oranges, carrots, mango, and other colorful fruits and vegetables, strengthens the immune system and fights off infection effectively. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with an increased risk of various infections. Make sure your skin produces sufficient vitamin D by spending 15 to 20 minutes under the sun (around 8 AM) every day.