Everything feels surreal in the times of the quarantine. As the numbers continue to surge, calm and peace have been replaced by anxiety and panic. This panic has led to most of us looking up for ways to protect ourselves against this pandemic. Raise your hands if it's got you too! They say that knowing your enemy, understanding it, and seeking to protect yourself against is indeed half the battle won. So, some key things you can do to protect yourself and stay healthy right now include taking adequate sanitization precautions, thoroughly washing your hands frequently, staying indoors, practicing social distancing and boosting your immunity.
Boosting your immunity with the correct foods will help you in a lot of ways. One thing that happens when you eat correctly is that your body is well prepared to fight and ward off any infections. Foods affect mood, therefore, the correct foods aka immunity-boosting foods will ensure that you are mentally strong enough to handle the current stress levels better. Foods also have a detox effect leaving you feeling in a positive state of mind. And amidst all this mayhem and uncertainty one thing that keeps us going is a strong and positive state of mind.
So, without wasting time we urge you to reboot your body with these immunity-boosting foods!
Good Ol' Tea Infused With Spices & Ginger
It is the quarantine period but it is also the onset of summer. The weather change too makes most of us more prone to sore throat and flu. Consuming warm beverages like tea with an infusion of spices and ginger will not only boost your mood but also soothe your throat. Indian spices like turmeric, cloves, cinnamon contain nutrients, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties all of which heal your gut and prevent infections. Even ginger which is the Indian magical herb is known for building immunity, relieving from cold and flu and maintaining blood circulation. And let's face it "adrak wali chai" is a delicious concoction which even the most ardent coffee lovers can't resist.
Sweet And Tangy Citric Foods
According to studies and research, Vitamin C helps prevent respiratory illnesses like pneumonia and alleviates infections caused by bacteria and other viruses. Hence skipping on vitamin C is non-negotiable in these times. You can make it seem less like a chore and more delicious with grapefruits, berries, oranges, lemons, kiwis and papayas. Whip them into your smoothie bowls, juices, smoothies or eat them raw for a thorough dose of vitamin C. Doesn't immunity-boosting foods seem more interesting now?
Think of it this way, you're a warrior in this war against the virus and fermented food is your shield to victory. Fermented foods have high levels of good bacteria that build good gut health and rock-solid immunity. And you don't have to go super crazy over it too. Even a spoonful of fermented foods like sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha, yoghurt, and home-made pickles when consumed daily will do the trick.
Bring Back The Superfoods
Superfoods are superheroes that have a powerhouse of benefits and nutrients. From ensuring that your macro-nutrients and micro-nutrients levels are in check to boosting your immunity they do a hell lot of super work within our bodies so that we can stay engaged in our daily activities and perform in our best capacity. We say it's time to bring out the big guns! Bring back all the immunity-boosting foods like spinach, kale, broccoli, cabbage, leafy greens, legumes, avocados, and nuts into your diet. You can consume them raw or pulp them into your soups or even include them into your salads and stir-frys.
Foods Rich In Vitamin D
Vitamin D is one of the most essential vitamins too for a lot of reasons. The lack of it can cause depression, poor absorption of calcium and increases the risk of chest infections. Now that most of us are home we are not exposed to the sun enough which means we are not getting an adequate dose of vitamin D. Lucky for you, we did the research and although sunlight is the most promising source of vitamin D you can also get adequate amounts of it by consuming foods like egg yolks, fatty fish, mushrooms and cheese. More reasons to enjoy your mushroom and cheese omelette for breakfast, guiltfree!
Foods Rich In Vitamin E
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant. In the times of coronavirus, antioxidants help prevent or slow the cell damage, fight free radicals in your body and improve your body's defense mechanism to infections and bacterias. It is THE immunity-boosting food that you are on the lookout for. Include a fistful of almonds, peanuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, dark chocolate, pecans, and hazelnuts into your diet to get the daily dose of vitamin E.