Many websites on the internet which claim (falsely though) that Coronavirus is spread through food hence every food that consists of animal flesh should shut shops with immediate effect. No data is emphasizing that meat spreads Coronavirus unless of course someone who is affected coughs or sneezes on it. Then, the logic applies to every food, not just meat. In today’s topic, we will discuss about six natural immunity booster foods which will help us in maintaining our extra kilos.
By and large, we are living in times when nothing is for sure. The food shelves are empty by the end of the day, Doctors are queued up, businesses are incurring losses post lockdowns, and with the global financial crisis is on the rise, we must stick to seeing the bright side at the end of the pandemic which seems to be a distant dream at the moment.
Many of us feel anxious, wondering when all this will end. We are willing to break protocol either out of stress, boredom, or as a revolt against the system for not taking enough measures to restrain the virus. This not only spreads the virus but gives rise to the loss of effectiveness among other people.
Why would some of us not follow the (extended) lockdown protocol?
Psychology says, we absorb and follow the information that we relate to the most as our ability to understand something comes only from our reaction to interpret it as our story.
Each one of us carries experiences that are different than others. Hence, our reactions to situations are deemed to differ.
For example, You and your friend booked tickets for the same festival but the concerts that interest you might not be the same as your friend. So, your friend might just accompany you out of courtesy, and you would do the same for him.
The point being, we react to situations based on our past experiences instead of how familiar we are with it at present. Unless we attain the problems of the present with a common goal regardless of what the past ensued, we will be at the mercy of our courtesy.
It’d be wrong to say that the world will remain the same when normalcy finally starts to prevail. And to adapt, which as humans we always have, this time around we should be prepared to face the wrath of change (good or bad) more than anything else.
While we understand the poor are the most susceptible to get exposed to the virus, we aim to impart awareness of the importance of food during these trying times and how it affects mood and alters our immune system.
One of the primary objectives of our brain is to write off what affects it the most hostilely. And this virtue comes from what we eat, how much we and when we eat. The following list discusses natural food mostly filled with antioxidants that help improve mental dexterity.
Six Natural Immunity Booster Foods –
- Dark Chocolates
Dark Chocolates contain plant chemicals by the name Flavonoid. Based on the preliminary researched data we have on dark chocolates, flavonols are powerful agents that help enhance cognitive abilities and improve cerebral blood flow which in turn improves immunity.
Turmeric is a yellow spice widely known as ‘Haldi’ in India and used in almost every food prepared in the country. A century-old practice to boost immunity through Turmeric is to have it with a glass of mix.
It also contains antioxidants and helps against brain inflammation.
Ginger is a common home remedy used to fight the cold and mild fever. Among its other benefits like dealing with nausea and stomach issues, due to its anti-inflammatory properties, regular ginger shots may improve immunity.
Other benefits also include, the quickening of the digestive process, reduced risk of diabetes, fights morning sickness and helps lose weight.
Eggs are the cheapest source of proteins that are equipped with immunity-increasing nutrients. You can have it raw, boiled, or cooked, benefits remain the same. If taken in proportion, eggs not only reduce blood pressure but keep the immune system healthy.
- Whole Grains
Grains are vital for health. They provide our body with zinc, protein, and fiber that keep our immune system in balance and protect the body from various inflammation. There are different types of grains that we can benefit from:
- Millet – rich in antioxidants, fiber, and protein.
- Oats – a good source of fiber, protein, and loaded with vitamins and antioxidants.
- Wheat – contains fiber, minerals, protein, and antioxidants.
- Rye – a great source of fiber, energy, sucrose, and protein.
- Barley – rich in fiber, protein, and energy. It contains magnesium that is needed to regulate blood pressure. It also helps improve sleep quality.
Orange is a highly nutritious citrus food. It contains vitamin C which is an important component for a healthy brain and eyesight.
After chocolates, Oranges also contain flavonoids that help enhance cognitive abilities and improve memory.
Daily consumption of orange either in the raw form or fresh juice without preservatives nourishes our health and boosts our brain function.
Keeping our immune system healthy and ready for combat depends on various factors like genetics, environment, diet, and mental health. The immune system is not a single entity, it is a combination of cells and tissues that come together forming a team to keep a track of potential hazards to our body.
Maintaining a good diet plays an important role and encourages our immune system to perform its job with full force. A lot of things might be not in our control but taking basic precautions like washing hands, using hand sanitizers and reducing contact along with eating healthy gives us an upper hand to keep the virus at bay.
Avoiding smoking, reducing the intake of alcohol, and keeping ourselves hydrated at all times lower our risk of contracting the virus. It is better to kick the habit now than to kick the bucket later.