With the ease in lockdown and life turning to normal slowly, it has been observed that there is also ease in people regarding COVID-19 protocols as more and more people step out each day for work, travel, essentials, etc.
The spread of COVID-19 is on the rise and the once careful approach has now turned into careless and this carelessness can put you at risk.
But a possible way out has been recognized and that is — “How to live with the virus”. If we have to protect all the 135 crore Indians, we collectively need to incorporate these practices into our everyday routine.
1. Physical distancing — the unsaid rule
If u see a crowded scenario run the opposite way. Why maintain a safe distance of a minimum of 3 feet when you go out?
When someone coughs, sneezes, or speaks they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain viruses. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person has the disease.
Follow the protocols put down by government authorities for crowd and queue management. Remember No rush is worth risking your life over.
2. Personal Hygiene
Avoid touching eyes, mouth, and nose. Yes, a hands-off approach will work here. Hands touch many surfaces at times unknowingly and can thus pick up the virus. Be mindful of touching surfaces so that you don’t use the same hand on your face before sanitizing it.
3. Sanitise yourself and also your devices
Your everyday devices like mobile phones, earphones, laptops, etc that you touch now and then can become contaminated. Hence as a best practice, develop a habit of regularly cleaning them with an alcohol-based disinfectant.
4. Eat Right with Nutrients
These micronutrients are essential for building your immunity and strength making you active and ensuring quick recovery in case of any sickness.
Zinc — Studies indicate zinc can increase immune response as it has antioxidant properties. For zinc one should include are spinach, beef, chicken, and pumpkin seeds.
Magnesium — People belonging to the high- risk category of diabetes, heart diseases, and high blood pressure must maintain a healthy level of magnesium through diet or supplements. Dark, leafy greens like spinach, nuts and seeds, products from whole-grains.
Vitamins — ACD —
A is important for your vision, growth, and immune system. Carrots, broccoli, spinach, and egg yolk should boost your body with VitA.
C an antioxidant helps to absorb iron and heals wound. Foods high in Vitamin C can reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. Citrus fruits, berries, tomatoes, broccoli, green and red pepper.
D Absorbs calcium, maintains bone health, reduces the risk of autoimmune diseases. Fatty fish, cod liver oil, fortified milk, and cereals.
Fortified means one or more of a nutrient is added to a food or beverage which wasn’t originally present.
5. Support Immunity with Gut
An unhealthy gut impacts your Immune system. Did you know 70%-80% of the immune tissues is regulated in your gut?
It’s not about overloading your gut microbiome with one good bacteria but maintaining a balance between the good and the bad. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria present in your gut that increases immunity by preventing pathogens from invading.
Find a detailed analysis of your Gut bacteria here.