Anti-viral Food Items To Increase Immune System Against Coronavirus (Covid-19)
Coronavirus (Covid-19 ) has become the most worrying subject for everyone across the globe. With no definitive cure in sight for this infectious disease, the internet and various social media platforms are flooded with make-believe cures. Hence, instead of panicking and falling for fraud remedies and claims, it is time to focus on building your immunity and boosting your health.
This serious respiratory illness could be fatal if the patient’s immunity system is weak; on the other hand, recovery is possible if you have good overall health. To escape any sort of viral infection in the current scenario, make it a point to include these five foods in your diet.
Symptoms of Coronavirus include fever, cough, cold and severe difficulty in breathing.
Garlic is one of the most commonly used ingredients in all Indian kitchens. It has high amounts of a compound called ‘allicin’ and is extremely powerful in fighting infections while also boosting immunity. For the uninitiated, allicin is a compound which is thought to fight viruses and boost immunity. Allicin is the same compound which gives garlic its unique odour. It is formed when a clove of garlic is either chewed, crushed or chopped.You can easily add this anti-viral food to your vegetables, soups, other dishes or consume them with warm water every day.
2. Fruits & Vegetables High In Vitamin C
The most common way to boost your immunity is to increase your vitamin C intake; so stock up on vegetables and fruits such as cauliflower, broccoli, oranges, lemons, kiwi, grapefruit,cantaloupe, papaya, mango, pineapple, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and cranberries and capsicums, that have a high content of this vitamin.
Yes, this fragrant spice can do a lot more than just adding exotic flavour to your favourite delicacies. A preliminary study conducted by Touro College in New York found that cinnamon may contain antiviral properties. In addition to its proven ability to regulate blood pressure, as per these findings of the research, cinnamon may also safeguard your body against all sorts of viral infections.
You can simply soak a cinnamon stick in water overnight and drink it the next morning. In addition to cinnamon-infused water, you can add a pinch of the aromatic spice to your morning cup of tea or coffee for an enhanced flavour and a host of health benefits.
A natural probiotic, yoghurt is another excellent infection-fighting food that can be had to boost your immunity, which is said to lessen the impact of respiratory infections caused by the influenza virus Moreover, according to research published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), probiotic consumption also appears to be a feasible way to decrease the incidence of RTIs (respiratory tract infections) in children.
Since it is available in various flavours, you can choose to eat it in the morning to prep yourself for the day. You can also swap your dessert with your choice or yoghurt, as it makes for a delicious yet healthy delicacy to finish off your meal.
5. Mulethi (liquorice)
Also known as Mulethi in Hindi, liquorice root has been an integral part of Chinese medicine since ancient times. Infact, according to a paper published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), the active compounds found in liquorice root “may possess many pharmacological activities, such as antiviral, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antitumor and other activities.”
More often than not, liquorice can also be used to soothe sore throat and cough due to its antitussive and expectorant properties.
You can simply boil mulethi in water and sip the concoction. You can also use this mulethi water to make yourself a cup of liquorice tea if you feel that you are coming down with a cold.
General food hygiene tips
• Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before preparing any food.
• User separate chopping boards to prepare uncooked meat and fish.
• Cook food to the recommended temperature.
• Where possible, keep perishable items refrigerated or frozen, and pay attention to product expiry dates.
• Remove any unnecessary packaging and dispose into a waste bin with a lid.
• Packaging like cans can be wiped clean with a disinfectant before being opened or stored
• Aim to recycle or dispose of food waste and packaging in an appropriate and sanitary manner, avoiding build-up of refuse which could attract pests.
• Wash unpackaged produce, such as fruit and vegetables, thoroughly under running water.
• Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before eating and make sure your children do the same.
• Always use clean utensils and plates.
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