It’s become a trend these days…Today everyone and everything seems fine and tomorrow, like the flutter of an eyelid, our families, friends, colleagues and acquaintances suddenly seem to be falling into the wretched chasm of this COVID-19 infection one by one. Although its human nature to dread being contained by the disease, there’s much more beyond stockpiling the tissues and sanitisers. Apart from maintaining meticulate hand hygiene, practicing wearing masks while stepping out of the house and following strict social distancing, the other best line of self-defense comes from following certain simple healthy habits.
The very idea of boosting ones immunity can be beguiling, but the knack to do so has shown to be abstract for multiple reasons. The immune system is not a single entity but a complete ‘system in itself’ as the name implies. It necessitates equilibrium and coordination to function well. While there are no scientifically proven straight links between lifestyle and improved immune function, there’s a lot of research going on to explore the effects of food habits, workout, age, psychological pressure and various other aspects on the immune response. In the meantime, overall healthy-living policies are decent tactics to begin with for giving your immune system the upper hand. Here’s a few to get a pat from your immune system:
- Aim at getting a good night’s sleep – It’s really important to give yourself the luxury of sleeping a minimum of 7 hours a night. Studies have shown that not doing so can wreak havoc on one’s health in the long run. A sound sleep gives the body the time to repair itself thereby improving the immunity.
- Eat more garlic – According to an article in the HuffPost, garlic is one of the best foods to boost up immunity. It contains Selenium which works wonders on the immune system. Use it for its beautiful flavour as well as its beneficial effects on the body in your everyday dishes. Of course, the daily recommended amounts of fresh fruits and veggies help wind up the trick.
- Try drinking ginger, honey and a pinch of turmeric in warm water – Not really known to typically fight the COVID-19 infection but this particular concoction is an age old remedy tried and tested for its role in boosting immunity. The above mentioned ingredients can act as natural antioxidants and immunity regulators.
- Exercise – Everyone is quite aware of the fact that exercising regularly does benefit the overall health of an individual. Not necessary that one always needs to hit the gym… a stroll in the garden, simple floor exercises like yoga and meditation can work wonders. According to the U.S National Library of Medicine, exercise helps flush off bacteria from the lungs thus preventing getting infected from airborne infections. Basically, exercise promotes blood circulation reaping the advantages in the process.
- Sip a cup of tea – A study conducted in 2003, reported by the National Geographic revealed that Alkyl amines found to occur naturally in tea can help strengthen the immune system in fighting off infections. Peppermint tea can help in bloating, IBS and indigestion whereas the black, green and oolong teas are rich in antioxidants and may have anticancer properties, John Weisburger, a senior researcher at the Institute for Cancer Prevention had stated to the WebMD.
- Desist Obesity – The risks of being overweight are many. Name it and you have it – Hypertension, Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Issues, chances of Stroke, Kidney and Liver diseases and what not. The general health gets compromised in an obese individual and this automatically reduces the immunity leading to multiple infections. An overweight person is therefore easily susceptible to contagions.
- Be happy – It’s a well-known fact that laughter is the best medicine. Studies suggest that a happy state of mind and laughter incredibly boosts the immune system. A general happy, positive attitude can stimulate sleep and lowers the stress levels. So don’t worry, be happy!