How Can You Boost Your Immune System Against Coronavirus
As coronavirus rampantly spreads across the globe, we’re constantly being bombarded by messages to stay indoors and reduce exposing ourselves and others. While our immune systems are designed to fight off bacteria and viruses, this is not always possible given our lifestyles. Stress, toxins, poor eating habits and poorer exercise regimes are a few things that have caused our immunities to take a blow. We have been battling the 9-5 hustle for far too long. With most governments imposing lockdowns, we finally have the time to restore and rejuvenate our minds and bodies. If you can relate, here are some things to help you boost your immunity while making the most of this time you have.
The 24/7 lockdown has most of us feeling all kinds of blue. If regular work from home schedules have you feeling lazy and lethargic, one sure shot way to snap yourself out of this is by getting your daily exercise fix at home. Home workouts have been gaining popularity in the light of COVID-19 and it is time to get on board. Exercising does not only help elevate moods, but also boosts immune systems. No equipment, no problem! Bodyweight exercises like pushups, squats, crunches and burpees are a few ways to get those endorphins pumping in your systems. Some other ways to get on the home workout bandwagon are to participate in social-media challenges and online workout sessions. Well, what are you waiting for!
Immune System Booster Foods
You cannot control the coronavirus crisis, but you can definitely control what you put into your body! If you’re looking for the ultimate immune system boost, here are some foods you should include in you diet:
Vitamin C, typically found in citrus fruits like limes, grapefruits and oranges, helps boost the immune system by increasing the production of white blood cells that in turn help fight viruses. While our bodies do not store vitamin C naturally, it is easy to add it to any kind of meal.
Garlic is a universal ingredient and is used in cuisines all over the world. Packed with flavour, it adds a Lil’ something to your meal and is definitely a go-to for your immune system. Garlic is known to have properties that help fight infections as well as keep blood pressure in check.
Ginger is a heaty herb packed with gingerol that is highly sought after to help cure sore throats and reduce inflammation.
Turmeric is often known as a ‘golden elixir’ because of its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiseptic properties, all of which help boost the immune system. Dried turmeric powder can be added to curries and marinades, while fresh turmeric can be added to salads, smoothies and juices. However you choose to take it, it is a must-have ingredient in every kitchen!
While exercise and diet go hand-in-hand, this duo is often rendered ineffective without ample rest. Having been caught up in the 21st-century rat race for too long, a lockdown might be the perfect time to catch up on some much-needed rest. While a healthy sleep helps restore our circadian rhythm, it also helps the immune system release proteins called cytokines that help fight infections. If you’re guilty of scrimping on your daily zzzs, now is surely a great time to break that cycle!
Well folk, there you have it. Exercise, eat healthily and rest up. Additionally, by staying safe and staying home and following lockdown mandates, we can collectively save the human race.
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