The famous saying “prevention is better than cure” is now more relevant than ever in this time of COVID-19. These challenging times demand us to focus more on our overall health and boost our immunity.
Your overall health comprises of three states,
1. Physical state
2. Mental state
3. Spiritual state
To boost your immunity, you have to take care of them all.
The first step is to believe in yourself.
Your immune system is the army that protects your body from all the diseases and infections. To strengthen it, you need to adopt healthy eating habits and a healthy lifestyle.
Here are a few ways to strengthen your immune system:
Practicing yoga is beneficial for both the mind and body.
Yoga asana like Surya-namaskar, Pranayama, Kapalbhati helps drain the body of fat, harmful bacteria, and micro-organisms.
Researches show that it helps in relieving stress and anxiety, promotes healthy eating habits, improves respiration, and maintains a balanced metabolism.
2. Intake of fluids
Almost 70% of the bodyweight is water. Your body needs water to flush down toxins and dead cells. An adult who weighs 150 pounds needs around 850 ounces of water per day.
Fruits and vegetables are also a source of water and also supply nutrients to the body.
Keeping track of your water intake in your mind can be a difficult task, so it’s better to track your water intake by logging it.
3. Plant-based diet over animal-based diet
It’s a lot easier for your body to digest plant-based diet over animal-based diet such as meat. Meat creates more free radicals in the body, which causes damage to cells.
To counter this, doctors suggest increasing the intake of the portion of salad and eating it 20-30 minutes before the meal. Veggies being fibrous helps in dilution and absorption of the meat.
Low fat and plant-based diets have anti-inflammatory effects on the body, whereas packed/processed food is highly inflammatory and is a leading cause of early-aging.
Eat more seasonal food and buy it from the local farmers market as it is fresh and budget-friendly.
Use of ginger, turmeric, lemongrass, and intake of Indian and Asian foods, red bell pepper, spinach, broccoli, yogurt boosts the immune system.
4. Weight management
Weight management has long term effects if done correctly. It lowers the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart diseases, and some forms of cancer.
Weight management does not require you to starve yourself, but to eat healthily. You can lose weight and still eat what you like by mindful eating.
Mindful eating includes controlling your portion size, getting to know about your food and body requirements, and meal-planning accordingly.
Exercise is not only good for your physical health but also your mental health.
Modest amounts of exercise regularly, even a simple 30-minute walk daily, does wonders.
People who tend to exercise regularly are at lower risks of developing cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, feel more energetic throughout the day, and can sleep better.
Exercising regularly gives a sense of well-being and positivity to a person.
Also, excessive exercising can be strenuous to the body and heightens the risk of infections.
6. Enough Sleep
Sleep plays an important role when it comes to your health. A sufficient amount of sleep is needed by the body to heal and regenerate.
Cytokines, a type of protein, mediates, and regulates immune responses. Your body produces and releases most of them during your sleep. Lack of sleep reduces its production and harms the immune system.
Requirements of sleep vary from person to person. Generally, adults (18-64) require 7-9 hours of sleep and older adults (64+), of 7-8 hours.
A well-rested sleep leaves you fresh and energetic in the morning.
7. Managing stress
In today’s lifestyle, stress surrounds the people all the time. Along with mental health, it takes a toll on your physical health as well.
Stress can cause you to indulge in emotional eating or skipping your meals, which can have adverse effects on your body.
A few lifestyle changes like regular exercises, yoga, mindful eating, and practicing gratitude can help you relieve stress.
8. Use of Probiotics
Nowadays, it is common to take antibiotics when we feel slightest of the symptoms of colds, flu, and headache. People don’t understand that antibiotics fight only the bacteria in your gut and not the viruses. Their intake removes the good bacteria also from your body and makes it weaker against the virus attacks.
Doctors and nutritionists suggest the consumption of probiotics after the antibiotics. Probiotics like yogurt, pickles, buttermilk, some types of cheese, namely mozzarella and cheddar, are filled with good bacteria and help in restoring the balance of your microbiota.
Logging your food and activities helps you in creating a balanced and controlled life for yourself. It promotes mindful eating, helps you in weight management, tracks your water intake, and the amounts of exercise.
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“Healthy body is a healthy mind, and vice versa”- by Ruchika Gupta (CEO, Health Click Away)