As of today, the whole world is affected by the coronavirus pandemic. There is no better time than now to load up on nutrients and practice hygiene measures to stay safe from the virus. The best way to protect ourselves from any infection is to have strong immunity.
While no food can cure or provide 100% protection from the virus some foods boost your immunity and keep you healthy. We are here to provide you with a list of very common foods that you can easily find these days and help you and your family eat right.
Garlic is known for its medicinal properties since the days of early civilization. It is rich in antioxidants and has antiviral, anti-fungal, and even antibacterial properties. Scientists have found that the high concentration of sulfur-containing compounds in garlic is what makes it an immunity-boosting food.
Garlic is a common home remedy to prevent colds and other infections but it also helps in fighting other illnesses like heart diseases, cancers, etc.
Check out these dishes to include garlic in your diet!
They contain important nutrients like vitamins A, C, E, and even magnesium and iron. They also contain anti-inflammatory antioxidants which help boost our immune system.
Broccoli is one of the most nutrient-rich vegetables you can put on a plate. In addition to the nutrients mentioned above, they also have an array of B vitamins and minerals.
A special mention for the superfood, spinach which not only helps increase immunity against illnesses but also helps in cell division and DNA repair.
Incorporate veggies in your diet using these recipes.
Ginger is a great ingredient for fighting infections. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in the ginger root offer immense health benefits. It lowers cholesterol levels, decreases chronic pain, and helps with nausea. Ginger also helps us fight against diseases like arthritis, cancer, etc.
People use ginger in a variety of dishes, teas, and even desserts. Here are some ways you can use ginger in the kitchen.
Many would have suggested you have citrus fruits to fight the cold. You know why? It’s because citrus fruits are the storehouse of vitamin C which helps in the production of white blood cells in our body and hence a key to fighting infections.
Some common citrus fruits are oranges, limes, lemons, grapefruit, etc.
Since our body cannot produce or store vitamin C we must include it in our daily diet.
Whenever we talk about yogurt the word “probiotic” comes up quite often but not many know its importance. Probiotics are good bacteria that promote health. They improve our immunity, help with proper digestion and detoxification. Yogurt also contains vitamin D which boosts the body’s natural defense against the disease.
When you go to buy yogurt try to avoid the flavored ones as they are loaded with sugar. What you can do is that you can put add-ons in your plain yogurts like fruits or honey.
Turmeric which is a key ingredient in most curries has a high concentration of the curcumin compound which is responsible for its bright yellow color. Curcumin helps improve immunity, decreases muscle damage, and even provides protection from viruses. Turmeric has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. It is also used in the treatment of arthritis.
A lot of people these days seem to be shifting from the regular tea and coffee to the healthy alternative- green tea. This is mostly because it helps you lose weight. However, apart from this, green tea has a lot of other health benefits.
It is packed with rich antioxidants like ECGC and flavonoids which increase your immunity and have anti-inflammation properties. Green tea is also a source of L-theanine, an amino acid that helps produce germ-fighting compounds in your T-cells.
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One important thing we all should keep in mind is that balance is key to good nutrition. We must make sure that we do not consume just one of these foods and ignore the others. We must keep in mind the recommended daily intake and serving sizes to make sure we eat right.
That said, it is important to remember that a balanced diet is just one way to stay safe. Some lifestyle changes like getting enough sleep, staying active, and managing(and minimizing) stress can help us.
We must make sure that we maintain proper hygiene as well. Wash your hands regularly, stay home as much as possible, wear masks, and maintain social distancing when you go out.
If you experience any symptoms of coronavirus then get yourself checked immediately
STAY HOME, STAY SAFE!
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