21 June, Kathmandu:
The whole world is struggling in this pandemic of COVID-19. Many countries are taking measures of lockdown since no vaccine is available till date. The Virus has sickened more than 8 millions of people and deaths have crossed more than 4.5 lakhs. As there is no vaccine in the market, people are focusing themselves on proper diet, activities to boost immune system , meditation and so on. Nutritious diet plays a remarkable job at fighting off foreign cells to protect us against diseases . With a healthy immune system, our body can safeguard us from any illness . In case of COVID-19, health experts have suggested that boosting the body’s immune system may help minimize the risks. Though foods do not cure COVID-19, they prepare to fight against it.
Here, we are listing some easily available foods that help to boost the body’s immune system.
Hydration is the best and easy way to increase immunity to fight against Coronavirus as water flushes out all the toxins from the body. Drink up to 8 to 10 glasses of water daily. Consumption of fresh juices, coconut water and water help in keeping the body hydrated.
Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin known for its anti-inflammatory properties which boosts the immune function. Researchers suggest that curcumin is useful to fight against human pathogens. We usually consume it by adding in our daily foods. Also, one can have turmeric with hot water early in the morning.
Garlic has anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties which enhances body immunity. Also, garlic provides a great boost to the immune system with added fiber, Calcium, Copper, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron and Magnesium. Regularly eating raw garlic strengthens the immune system of the body.
Vitamins C and D are effective way of helping the immune system to fight against COVID-19 and acute respiratory tract diseases . Vitamin C helps in growth and function of immune cells and antibody production whereas Vitamin D in response to infections. Vitamins also deliver fluids into veins. Citrus food, mushrooms, egg yolks, broccoli, yoghurts etc. are good sources of vitamins.
Nuts are rich in protein, beneficial fatty acids, minerals, fibres and have high defensive mechanisms. Eating nuts increases the level of serotonin, which is important to regulate body functions. Daily consumption of almonds, cashews and walnuts help to boost the immune system.