How to protect yourself from COVID-19 through your diet
In December 2019, the current coronavirus pandemic out broke in the Wuhan city of China. Since then it is wreaking havoc all over the world. According to the latest estimates, (as of 14 May 2020) of the World Health Organization, globally confirmed coronavirus cases stood at 4.35 million with near 300,000 deaths. The United States and Europe are the worst victims of the virus.
The virus coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) causes the coronavirus disease in which the respiratory system especially lungs are affected. The coronavirus disease is infectious and it spreads when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or exhales. The droplets exhaled by the infected person are too heavy to remain suspended in the air and therefore they quickly fell on the surfaces and earth so the room and other nearby surfaces also become contaminated.
So far no vaccine or other treatment is available to cure the disease. This is why, after it originated in Wuhan, it has engulfed the whole world and the situation has become a global emergency. Governments all over the globe are almost following the same strategies to deal with the global pandemic. The major preventive measures adopted by governments include social distancing, frequent washing of hands, and other sterilization measures.
Although coronavirus is not a comparatively lethal non-availability of vaccines and other treatments, it is a feared disease. Most of the infected people will experience mild to moderate disease symptoms and will recover without any treatment however children, old people, and people with weak immunity are at the risk.
For anyone who wants to survive the pandemic, he must follow the preventive strategies, and also, he must boost his/her immunity. Luckily nature has endowed us with various means of boosting our immunity and diet is one of them.
We can boost our immunity by eating the right type of food. If your diet contains the following food items, your immune system will be strengthened to fight off coronavirus more effectively.
- Citrus Fruits: Citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C is a natural immune booster. Vitamin C helps strengthen your immune response by increasing the production of white blood cells. It has also strong antioxidant properties. It fights off bacterial infections and facilitates wound healing. Besides increasing the immunity, it also helps in the healthy functioning of several human organ systems like nervous, immune, skeletal, and respiratory systems by facilitating the production of collagen-a fibrous protein.
Vitamin C is also beneficial for eye health, helps alleviate common cold symptoms, and protects from cancer. Vitamin C also contributes to heart health by lowering bad cholesterol levels, manages diabetes, treats anemia, and reduces seasickness.
The following is a list of vitamin C rich food sources.
- Brussel Sprouts
- Bell Pepper: Bell pepper is another healthy food and it helps in supporting your immune response. Bell pepper is also rich in vitamin C and it contains some other antioxidant chemical which helps fight off allergic reactions and bacterial infections. Bell pepper also contains high amounts of vitamin D-another immune booster vitamin.
- Broccoli: Broccoli belongs to the cabbage family and it is one of the healthiest foods with amazing health benefits. Besides abundant vitamin C, it also contains vitamin K, potassium, dietary fiber, and folate. Broccoli improves your immune response and also helps in wound healing, neutralizes free radicals, and facilitates collagen production in the body.
- Garlic: Garlic is a bulb-shaped aromatic veggie used by humans for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. Garlic contains antibacterial compounds and its antibiotic properties are clinically proven. Garlic contains important vitamins and nutrients like vitamin B1, B6, C, manganese, calcium, selenium, copper, phosphorus, potassium, fiber, and iron.
Garlic helps treat a variety of human illnesses like common cold, hypertension, and it improves heart health by lowering down the bad cholesterol levels. Garlic has also anti-cancer properties and it is one of the natural immune boosters.
- Ginger: Like Garlic, Ginger is also used for its wonderful medicinal properties by humans since ancient times. This irregular herbaceous rhizome is rich in some essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals like vitamin B3, B6, C, manganese, zinc, magnesium, folate, phosphorus, potassium, niacin, riboflavin, and iron. Ginger has strong antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral properties and it contains strong antioxidative compounds.
Ginger supports your immune system in a variety of ways; it strengthens the immune response by its antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral properties, by killing viruses of common cold, by destroying parasites and their eggs, by raising spleen and thymus indices, by increasing the rate of phagocytosis, and by improving the performance of several organ systems like circulatory, and digestive systems.
- Spinach: Spinach is another healthy food that positively impacts the immune system. Spinach is rich in folate, nitrates, and other antioxidant compounds. Folate facilitates the production of red blood cells and in consequence, the oxygen-carrying capacity of your blood is increased. Nitrates present in spinach regularize blood pressure and antioxidant compounds help your body to get rid of hazardous free radicals.
- Mushrooms: Mushroom is yet another healthy food that can help you fight off coronavirus. Mushroom facilitates calcium absorption and thus making your bones healthier. It is rich in vitamin D. Vitamin D is having several health benefits like it promotes healthy bones and teeth; improves the functioning of the immune, and nervous systems, lowers risks of cancers, and supports pulmonary and heart health. Vitamin D is also helpful in weight-loss, reduces depression, and minimizes your chances of developing flu. Mushroom is also found effective in treating some types of cancers and respiratory diseases.
- Chickpeas: Chickpeas is also healthy food as it contains proteins, zinc, and other antioxidant chemicals. Proteins help repair body tissues and facilitate the production of antibodies-pathogen-fighting proteins. Zinc found in chickpeas regulates your immune responses and the antioxidant compounds help neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals.
- Yogurt: Yogurt is a great source of probiotics-good gut bacteria. Probiotics not only maintain a good digestive system but they also support your immunity by fighting off the common cold and influenza-like infections.
- Sunflower Seeds: Sunflower seeds are a great source of vitamin E. Vitamin E exhibits antioxidative properties. Vitamin E improves heart health and immune functioning, lower certain cancers risks, and promote eye health.
As it has antioxidant properties, vitamin E neutralizes free radicals and helps protect body cells. Vitamin E has also a positive impact on blood pressure and muscle functioning. The vitamin has also improved digestion of people suffering from cystic fibrosis and Crohn’s disease.
It is suspected to have a positive impact on Alzheimer’s disease, menstrual cramps, glomerulosclerosis (hardening of blood vessels in the kidney), G6PD deficiency, intracranial hemorrhage, inflammation of the liver, Parkinson’s disease, premenstrual syndrome, sunburn, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Besides, eating healthy, hygienic handling of food is also necessary to reduce the risk of being infected from this deadly coronavirus. Also, eating homemade healthy food will help you protect from the pandemic.
Coronavirus pandemic has crippled almost every major sector of countries all over the world. To date, there is no vaccine or other treatment available for the virulent coronavirus disease. Certainly, there are preventive strategies as recommended by WHO, which we can follow for our safety. But besides these measures, we can make ourselves and our loved ones safer by eating healthy homemade food.
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