The immune system is the vital part of our body that fights against infections and illness. It defends our body from bacteria attacks and other diseases.
Lack of physical exercises and nutrients in the body weakens it. Apart from these, many other factors contribute to it like vitamin deficiencies, emotional stress, poor hygiene and overuse of medicines.
Those with weak immunity are more prone to cold and flu, frequently fall prey to bacteria, and easily catch the infection. Thus a healthy immune system is necessary for the proper functioning of the body.
Here are the home remedies for increasing immunity against coronavirus:
1. Herbal drink
Traditional Indian ayurvedic herbs and spices are always recommended in case of seasonal cough and cold. The herbs like tulsi and ginger along with spices like turmeric and black pepper constitute a perfect recipe for an immunity booster drink. These herbs are antiviral and antibiotic in nature. With a strong immune system, coronavirus can be dispelled easily.
- Take a glass of fresh water.
- Add 3-4 tulsi leaves, one teaspoon grated ginger, a pinch of turmeric and half a teaspoon of black pepper to the water.
- Put this water to boiling to 90 degrees.
- You can also add rock salt to taste.
- Drink this warm herbal water sip by sip.
2. Warm water
Warm water kills the unwanted bacteria and viruses in the body. It acts as an internal body cleanser. So, everyone should make it a habit to drink 2 -3 glasses of warm water daily.
3. Citrus fruits
Citrus fruits and vegetables have a large amount of vitamin C which builds the immune system to fight against bacteria and infections.
Apart from vitamin C, these also have other healthy components like antioxidants, fibers and phytonutrients. Popular citrus fruits are orange, grapefruit, lemon. Supper on these days to boost your immunity.
Vitamin E present in almonds prevents diseases and infections. Including almonds in your daily diet helps and saves you from viral infections like the common cold and flu.
The warm properties of almonds boost immunity against the covid-19 virus.
- Eat 4-5 almonds daily in breakfast.
Yogurt is a great source of vitamin D and is full of protein and calcium. Vitamin D is an important factor considered in recent researches to protect from viral infections. It is necessary for well functioning immune system.
- Plain yogurt with meals.
- Add fresh fruits in yogurt to make it more appealing.
6. Antioxidants rich food
Plant based foods are rich in antioxidants. Vegetables like spinach, broccoli, corn, carrot, parsley, pumpkin are great sources of antioxidants. These are also abundantly found in fruits, nuts and whole grains.
The oxidation process in the body produces free radicals. These cause damage to the DNA and other cells of the body, in particular, weakens the immune system. Antioxidants rich foods reduce the damage caused by free radicals by neutralizing them. It boosts the immune system to fight against the foreign virus entering the body.
Good source of antioxidants are:
- Green leafy vegetables
- All types of seasonal fruits
- Legumes and beans
- Eggs and some meats
- Whole grains and cereals
- Nuts like cashews, almonds, apricots
- Vegetables like carrots, tomatoes, capsicum, potatoes, onions
Eggs are a great source of protein and iron. Along with these they also have Vitamin A which boosts immunity. Vitamin A fights bacterias and viruses and keeps the immune system strong and healthy.
It can be taken in many forms in your diet like:
- As an omelet in breakfast
- Eat boiled eggs in lunch
- Egg sandwich
- Add it to salad
Yoga is a great immunity booster. It builds body strength, increases energy levels, reduces anxiety and stress, brings positivity, and rejuvenates the mind.
Some yoga poses to relax your body and mind are:
- Shishuasana (Child pose)
- Setu bandhasana (Bridge pose)
- Halasana (Plow pose)
- Bhujangasana (Cobra pose)
- Matsayasana (Fish pose)
To have a proper look at all the how to do all the asanas, have a look here.
As covid virus leads to depleting oxygen levels by reducing the lung capacity, pranayam methods help increase the same.
Practice these at least 2 times a day for 10 -15 minutes. Apart from these, deep breathe all day long as a natural process alongside the daily work you do.
9. Turmeric milk
Turmeric is widely used across Asia for thousands of years. It can be very easily found in the spice box of every Indian household, used as the main ingredient in all vegetable recipes. Used in both roots and powdered form, it has antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial and antioxidant effects.
It provides against infections, by building immunity slowly and steadily. In these pandemic times, it becomes increasingly necessary to rely upon these natural sources to protect against the deadly coronavirus🦠.
- Add a pinch of turmeric powder in warm or cold milk.
- Add a pinch into a glass of warm water with some grated ginger and drink it as a herbal tea.