We never really bother about boosting our immune system until or unless we are exposed to a life-threatening pandemic, don’t we? At least I am grin. I have been googling and researching a lot about building a strong immune system (because mine is worse) to face the deadly COVID-19 for the past couple of months, but all that matters now is social distancing and proper handwashing. Though no single measure is guaranteed to protect you from the COVID-19, a healthy immune system can ward off the infections. How can you boost your immunity? Of course, there is no magic pill for that.
To get a solid first-hand opinion (or maybe in the hope that they will say I can have junks, lol), I have interacted with a couple of health experts, and they have shared some Tips To Boost Your Immunity.
Here are those tips to Boost Your Immunity.
Moderate exercise increases your overall fitness, thereby improving your body’s immunity. There is clear data that suggests that moderate activity improves immunity and enhances the body’s defence mechanism against infections. Exercise also activates anti-inflammatory processes in the body. Studies recommend the moderate activity for approximately 150 minutes a week to keep those natural defence systems in your body active and running.Dr Deepa Denesh, Leeds, UK
A good lifestyle can help in boosting your immunity. Have a sound sleep for 6-8 hrs. Drink lots of water to keep you hydrated enough. Try to do at least 30 mins of physical activity a day. Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits!Dr Abin Sheref, AIIMS Delhi
Avoid consuming canned foods or cola or even spicy foods as it can damage our gut bacteria which is essential for nutrient absorption. Increase in the intake of yoghurt and other fermented food can help rejuvenate gut bacteria. And the people with comorbidities such as diabetes are more prone to infections. So always consume low carb diet and control blood sugar level.Dr Nunu Nazar, Belivers Hospital, India
One of the most underrated but essential vitamins we need is vitamin D, which is deficient in most of us. Taking weekly vitamin D supplements will help to increase immunity, reduce joint pains, hair fall, in some instances- infertility as well.Dr Nahla Nasar, Trivandrum
Stress can cause sleep deprivation, hence inducing the stress hormone like cortisol that results in the lack of immunity. So, keep away all your worries and stress; try to spend your social distancing fruitfully by doing meditation, playing games, etc. Stay mentally healthy.Dr Amina S, Government Community Health Centre, Kerala
Certain habits like smoking, vaping, alcohol consumption and substance abuse have a direct correlation between weakened body defences and respiratory illnesses. Engaging in smoking and vaping is proven to weaken your lung capacity and destroy the cells lining your respiratory tracts, these cells are crucial to fight viruses that enter through your nasal orifices. There is new research claiming that 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. Practice moderation, if you are dependent on any of these, as sudden withdrawal can also prove to be risky.Dr Hafiz Nazar, Delhi
That is it, guys! Stay healthy and safe. We shall overcome this.
Refer WHO for the latest COVID updates.
Read the thing to do while you are social distancing here.