Strengthening Your Immunity During COVID-19
As the global coronavirus pandemic evolves by the minute, many of us are tempted to turn to junk food for comfort to cope with the incessant COVID-19 news cycle. However, this is the time to eat right so we can keep our body’s immune system up and primed to protect us against diseases and infections.
During this critical time, healthy eating, rest and adequate hydration are key in keeping our immunity strong enough to fend off illnesses. There is no magic supplement to make us stronger overnight and eating right can help us maintain a sense of stability amid the uncertain.
Here are a few key essentials to keep your immune system at its best:
- Citrus Fruits: These are a key source of vitamin C and aid in the production of white blood cells. Locally available citrus fruits include grapefruit, oranges, pawpaw, lemons, limes and pineapples.
- Protein: This fortifies our immune system and supports the creation of antibodies. So, stock up on eggs, fish, poultry, beef, milk and nuts.
- Ginger, Garlic and Turmeric: These anti-inflammatory roots keep our lungs healthy, aid digestion and are great sources of antioxidants.
- Probiotics and Prebiotics: These support our intestinal tract health, support proper digestion and support our immune system. Probiotics available locally include yoghurt, fura and ogi/pap. Prebiotics include local brown ?????, bananas, onions, garlic and beans.
- Sunshine: Sun-induced Vitamin D production can boost the immune system, reducing the risk of developing viral infections that cause upper respiratory tract infections. So make sure you take a walk daily. Foods like sardines, mackerel and mushrooms are also great sources of Vitamin D.
- Sweet potatoes, Yam, Bell Peppers and Carrots: These staples are high in antioxidants and beta carotene that protect your body from free radical damage and chronic disease.
- Hydration: Experts recommend 6-8 glasses of water a day. This also considers fluid intake from fruits, teas etc. Also, be sure to moderate alcohol intake to avoid dehydration.
So what’s on your menu for this week?
And in addition to the standard handwashing and sanitising guidelines, please share your tips on what you are doing to stay healthy during this time.