While the whole world grapples with the devastating social and financial impact of the COVID-19 or Coronavirus, those who are safe and privileged enough to be working from home are also struggling to keep themselves active with such a sedentary lifestyle.
It has become a huge challenge to exercise or incorporate some sort of physical activity into your daily routine when you are sitting at home and largely working from the comfort of your cushy bed. On top of that, most individuals find it very hard to lay off the munchies and are bingeing on unhealthy snacks like potato chips, cookies and chocolates.
In times like these, it is extremely important to take care of your body and reexamine your lifestyle. You can start by weaning off the unhealthy snacks and work towards building a healthy immune system. Once you watch what you eat and ensure your body gets all the nutrition it requires, you will start feeling more active and accomplish more during the day.
Once you begin to sustain this healthy lifestyle, it will result in a much better immune system. A healthy immune system works like a protective shield that does not necessarily guard you from every disease in the world but reduces your chances of catching any flu or virus that’s in the air.
We must share a disclaimer here that there are no specific foods that can save you from the COVID-19, since medical practitioners around the world are still trying to learn more about that virus, but integrating the following common foods into your diet may help boost your immune system:
Cheese or Yogurt
Common fermented dairy products such a cottage cheese or yogurt provides a source of antibodies that prevent diseases and give our immunity system a much-needed boost. The process of fermentation converts glucose into healthy bacteria that strengthens immunity and digestion. Let’s face it, is there anything such as too much cheese?
Packed with antioxidants and rich with vitamin D, mushrooms help cleanse our bodies and boost immunity. Similar vegetables that have detoxing properties include carrots, tomatoes, pumpkin and capsicum. These can be incorporated into daily meals for a winsome lunch or dinner; whether you’re topping them on a flatbread or tossing them around in some cheesy pasta.
Other than warding off vampires, garlic can prove quite useful in boosting the immune system. It has multiple antibacterial and antiviral properties in addition to being full of antioxidants. Since we are social distancing, you don’t need to worry about bad breath either.
You need to keep yourself hydrated at all times. Contrary to popular belief, this colorless tasteless beverage has benefits far superior than your average soda or coffee. Your body needs plenty of water through the day to help your cells and immune system function properly. Lay off the Pakola and give water a chance.
Yakhni, or bone broth, is full of collagen that is good for your skin, hair, supports digestion and boosts the immune system. You can use a protein of your choice, either chicken or lamb or even fish, and boil it until you can really feel life passing you by. Add some salt, squirt some lime on it and drink it up.
Please do note that due to the nature of this pandemic, all information is tentative and may be subject to change when advanced scientific developments take place. As always, make responsible decisions and do thorough research before committing to a specific diet. Stay safe and stay home.