Have we made our immune system vulnerable to infections?
COVID-19 It is now difficult to imagine a world without it as the pandemic has left our lives altered, our workspace scattered all over and disrupted our daily routines. A simple stroll in the park is now probably prohibited and is against our well-being as compared to our life before.
Do we have full control over catching a virus, bacteria, or infections? Not really...So what's in our hands...
Good hand hygiene with the 20-second rule! And ladies I know its too much to ask but let's avoid touching that face now and then.
So what can we truly rely on to stay healthy now? Our Good O'l immune system!
It's time to heal the system that is known for healing us from everything.
But what is the long term reliable solution to avoid falling sick?
Building a strong immunity block by block. Small but consistent practices 365 days a year. There is no shortcut or a 20-day program neither a Lockdown Special Edition to build a system.
1. Eliminate Nutritional Deficiency
Our Immunity relies on nutrients and if we don't receive plenty from the diet can lead to Nutritional Deficiency.
"Micronutrients with the strongest evidence for immune support that reduces the risk of infections are vitamins C and D whereas zinc may shorten the duration of an illness."
Get high Vitamin C from strawberries, Guava, amla, broccoli, tomatoes.
Source of Zinc are fish and eggs. Vegetarians can rely on types of nuts like walnuts, almonds, cashews
Vitamin D prevents a variety of illnesses and high quantities can be found in fatty fish, mushrooms, egg yolk, and some sunshine!
2. Gut Health & Immunity
70 to 80 % of your immune tissue is situated in your digestive tract.
So this makes it quite clear about how important it is to maintain a healthy environment of good bacteria in the gut. Include foods that improve the growth of good bacteria in the gut to stay away from a range of diseases.
Include probiotic foods like yogurt, idli, dosas
Increase omega-3 fatty acids as they promote the diversity of healthy bacteria in the gut. Consume foods like fish, flaxseeds, walnuts, soybean oil, eggs, yogurt.
For serious gut health issues, try the Super Gut Microbiome testing
3. Lifestyle Attitude
The 3 rule of simple yet effective living -
increases the movement of immune cells to various parts of the body, boosting the defenses.
High stress is linked to a higher production of cytokines that trigger inflammation in the body.
Limit the information feed by cutting time on social media platforms. Stay informed but don't overconsume to keep your anxiety level at check.
Let's utilize the time on our hands to emerge as survivors, as our upgraded self to share the results of our story after the pandemic. Lastly, acts of kindness towards our healthcare warriors, law and order officers, and all frontline fighters will go a long way in boosting your soul along with the body.