Six effective ways to strengthen your immunity during the coronavirus pandemic

As the coronavirus keeps spreading and affecting several people around the world, you must be wondering how to keep yourself healthy? Will taking a pill or eating a magic food protect you from the coronavirus? Unfortunately there is no such pill or a specific food item which will protect you from the deadly virus but there are a few healthy lifestyle changes that will help you to boost your immune system.

In this article, we give you a rundown of six effective tips to boost your immunity:

Include foods rich in beta carotene in your diet- When the beta carotene enters your body it gets converted into Vitamin A, which is important for a good immune system. Foods that are high in beta carotene are broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, sweet potatoes and spinach. As far as carrots, broccoli and sweet potatoes are concerned, in order to gain maximum nutrients you must boil or steam them.

Vitamin D- Another essential vitamin that your body needs to fight from virus is vitamin D. Vitamin D promotes the production of a protein that kills virus and bacteria in your body. It also increases the production of white blood cells and changes their activity, which in turn reduces the internal spread of virus and bacteria. Foods that are high in Vitamin D are mushrooms, cheese, tofu, eggs and cow’s milk. Along with these foods, you must also take vitamin D supplements if you feel that your not getting enough.

Probiotics- Along with all the essential vitamins and minerals, your body needs probiotics. Probiotics improve the health of microbiome in your body, which in turn will strengthen your immune system. Some probiotics to incorporate in your meals are kimchi, yogurt, artichokes, bananas, garlic and beans.

Drink plenty of fluids- Along with having foods rich in all the essential nutrients, you should also keep your body hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Along with sipping on water, you must also eat fruits and vegetables that have high water content in them.

Zinc- The presence of Zinc in your body helps improve your immunity levels and also may even help your body fight against flu. Foods rich in Zinc are nuts, yogurt, chickpeas, tofu, lentils and beans.

Vitamin C- As much as our body needs vitamin D to stay healthy it also requires vitamin C to fight against unwanted bacteria and virus. Incorporate foods rich in vitamin c like oranges, green and red bell peppers, cauliflower, kiwi, strawberries, grapes, lychees and pineapple.

Along with making these simple changes in your diet, other ways to strengthen your immune system are: exercise on a regular basis, connect with people, stay positive and happy, sleep well, quit smoking and cut down the consumption of alcohol.

Another interesting study found that couple who regularly have sex, are found to have a stronger immune system.   -Akhila Kakarala and Pic Courtesy: