World Health Day: Superfoods and the super fight against Covid-19
April 7 is celebrated as International World Health Day around the world. Health is supposed to be the top most priority in our lives. But with the fast paced lives everyone was leading, it had taken a back seat. With the whole world in quarantine due to the severe outbreak of Covid-19, everyone is forced to put health at first place and slow down a bit. There have been around 1,518,970 cases of Covid-19 worldwide and approx 88,000 deaths. Countries are under lockdown and work has shifted to home. Under all this anxiety blanketing the world, food and fitness can be your weapon to fight Covid-19.
The major causes of Covid-19 are identified as weakened immune system and poor respiratory hygiene. Food can be your therapy and shield against Covid-19. Consumption of superfoods that can maintain both your immunity levels and respiratory hygiene are a must.
- Citrus fruits:
All the Citrus fruits are enriched with Vitamin C. Oranges, lemons, kiwis etc,. are known to charge your immunity levels and further strengthen your body defenses. The summer favourite, mangoes are antiviral and other than vitamin C, carry vitamins A, E, K and B.
Turmeric has been used as a traditional medicine in the Indian subcontinent since time immemorial. The curcumin present in turmeric not only boosts immunity, but works really well when it comes to respiratory hygiene. Respiratory problems are directly related to immunity and inflammation. Turmeric is both anti-inflammatory and immunity boosting, which is perfect for keeping covid-19 at bay. It can be used in food everyday and even with beverages like tea and coffee.
Garlic carries compounds that are effective when it comes to declining immunity systems. The “aillin” compound found in garlic shoots up immunity levels and maintains it. It is antiviral and fights viruses by increasing T-cells in the bloodstream. Consuming garlic with a glass of water is one way to get the most out of it. Don’t chew it, as it can be too much, swallow it.
Nuts are rich in vitamin E and antioxidants, especially almonds. Almonds are rich in antioxidants and selenium which provide your body with the defense they need for fighting bacterias and viruses, by boosting immunity. Vitamin E also has anti-inflammatory properties which keep cold and flu away and maintain respiratory hygiene.
The seeds can be contained in your daily diet easily. Sunflower seeds are rich in vitamin E and selenium. Consuming them helps control cell damage and boosts immunity. Another alternative is, chia seeds. Chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants which are known to enhance immune levels and toughen up the body defenses. Flax seeds can be your best friend too. They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which help our white blood cells and immunity in fighting viruses like Covid-19.
Covid-19 will only catch up to you if you let it. Keep in mind the measures like washing hands, wearing masks and consuming foods that enhance your immunity levels and respiratory hygiene and swear by them. Food and fitness is your shield against Covid-19 and the fog of stress and fear its presence exerts. Take care of your mind and body alike.
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