Coronavirus (COVID-19): How To Boost Immunity

The coronavirus pandemic has swept the globe posing a never-witnessed-before threat. With every passing moment, the number of infected people is rising the world over. And despite many countries going into lockdown, the death toll is rising. 

Officially called SARS-CoV-2, the deadly virus causes severe acute respiratory syndrome COVID-19. There is no treatment for the 2019 coronavirus disease and the scientists have yet to find a vaccine for it. 

To fight this global health emergency, from social distancing and staying at home seems to be the only protective measure. As per the medical experts, boosting your immune system is essential so that even if you get exposed to the coronavirus, your body is prepared to fight back.

You need to remember that there is no one food, nutrient or supplement that can guarantee protection from this virus. Here we have a low down on how you can instead of panicking, boost your immunity and stay fit and healthy:

  • Eat a healthy balanced diet. Include fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits, spinach, broccoli and garlic.
  • Nutrient-rich diet can give your body the required amount of vitamin C, vitamin A, B vitamins, protein, iron, zinc, magnesium, fibre and other nutrients.
  • Avoid eating inflammatory foods like processed meat, sugar, vegetable oils. Stay away from alcohol.
  • Keep yourself well hydrated. Drink at least 8 glasses of water. Water is essential to cleanse your body from inside and out. It also helps in keeping your energy levels up. Dehydration can impact your brain functioning.
  • People with weak immunity can take Vitamin C, Vitamin B, Vitamin D, Zinc supplements and probiotics.
  • Taking rest and get enough sleep to relax your body and reduce stress.
  • Meditate to de-stress. During these times of uncertainty, you might be worried about your future, your business or your family's safety but taking stress is no solution. Mediate for some time every day.
  • Workout regularly. Moderate exercise will boost your body immune system. But remember not to overdo it.

Yoga To Cope With Coronavirus Anxiety

Yoga can help you cope with Coronavirus anxiety. It can features, great for mental wellness and for the proper functioning of your body organs and helps in getting rid of toxins from your body.

Below mentioned are some of the Yoga poses that can get you through quarantine or lockdown.


coronavirus covid19 yoga to de-stress

Pranayama

Pranayama, the yogic breath regulating exercises, can help you de-stress, boost immunity and enhance positive energy. 

Steps:

  • Sit in a comfortable position with legs crossed (or sukhasana).
  • Now, inhale a deep breath which stretches to the spine and then slowly exhale.
  • Stay in this position for at least 10 breaths.

Nadi Shodhana Pranayama or Alternate Nostril Breathing

  • Sit in a comfortable position with legs crossed (or sukhasana).
  • Close the right nostril with your right thumb.
  • Inhale deeply through the left nostril.
  • Close the left nostril with the right hand's ring finger and release the right nostril.
  • Exhale slowly through your right nostril.
  • Keeping the left nostril closed, inhale deeply through your right nostril.
  • Close the right nostril again with your thumb, then release the left nostril.
  • Exhale out of the left nostril.
  • Repeat the process five times, gradually increasing.

Various yoga apps and YouTube videos are available for you to learn yoga techniques.

If you are doing it for the first time, ensure you do it under an expert's guidance.Hope during these times of lockdown, you will boost your immunity and keep stress away and enhance positive energy while staying at home.



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