Last year i.e. 2020 was all about COVID-19 (Corona Virus) and it literally taught us to take care of our health and boost the immune system. Take this learning forward in 2021 with these 8 immunity-boosting tips.
- Take Protein Rich Diet
Protein is vital to build and repair body tissue and fight bacterial infections and viral. Immune system powerhouses such as antibodies and immune system cells rely on protein. Too little protein in the diet may lead to symptoms of weakness, fatigue, apathy, and poor immunity. Therefore take a protein-rich diet to boost up your immunity system.
- Add ginger garlic to the diet
Make sure you include ginger and garlic in your diet. Garlic has antimicrobial and antibiotic properties. And according to research by the University of Florida, it also has anti-inflammatory properties that may enhance immune cell function. On the other hand, ginger decreases inflammation and its antimicrobial properties keep the immune system strong.
- Ashwagandha and Giloy
Ashwagandha is used to increase immunity, to reducing stress, regulating blood sugar levels, and lowering cholesterol, Ashwagandha does it all for you. Recent research conducted by the scientists at the IIT-Delhi has found that Ashwagandha contains certain bio-actives that interact with SARS-Co-2. This herb contains a natural compound called with anyone (Wi-N), that can block the replication process of the novel virus and treat the condition.
Giloy purifies blood, boosts immunity, flushes out toxins from the body, and fights against bacteria and viruses effectively. Consuming Giloy juice can help you get rid of fever, which is one of the signs of COVID-19.
Physical activity may help flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways. The brief rise in body temperature during and right after exercise may prevent bacteria from growing. Exercise slows down the release of stress hormones.
- Take proper sleep
Researchers have found that during nightly sleep, certain components of the immune system rev up. For example, there is an increased production of cytokines associated with inflammation. This activity appears to be driven both by sleep and by circadian rhythm, which is the body’s 24-hour internal clock.
When someone is ill or injured, this inflammatory response may help with recovery, fortifying innate and adaptive immunity as the body works to repair wounds or fight off an infection.
- Quit alcohol consumption
A study published in the journal Alcohol Research: Current Reviews found that drinking too much alcohol can disrupt the immune system leaving you more susceptible to infections.
- Quit Smoking
Smoking damages the lungs which reduces the capacity of lungs to carry oxygen and can weaken your immune system, so it is better to steer clear of it. Not to mention, smokers tend to be hit by Covid-19 even more.
- Vitamin C
Vitamin C helps encourage the production of white blood cells known as lymphocytes and phagocytes, which help protect the body against infection and result in increasing immunity.