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How to Boost Immunity in the Time of Covid-19

  • Dr. Milan Doshi
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What is COVID 19?

Covid-19 is a virus that came from the Wuhan City of China and now becomes a global pandemic. Most people have been infected by this novel coronavirus that made us think about it and also enforces the idea to lower the impact of the virus by adopting certain measures of hygiene and safety care.

Coronavirus, Covid-19 has been declared as a global pandemic by the world health organization as medicine or vaccine is still under research. This is a crucial time to deal with everyone battling with the virus and taking all the precautionary measures decided by the doctors. Every day, we are grappling with imminent dangers and nobody is sure about the ending of this pandemic. Thus, it is a first and foremost concern that how should we deal with this challenge and how it is possible to make it possible to live easily.

How it spreads?

It is spread by touching the things, which has been infected by an infectious person, however, it is good to avoid touching substance randomly outside. It is spread by spitting of infect people, sneezing of infected people infect the areas surrounding and also touching the metal, clothes, bags, polythene all have been a vector of spreading the coronavirus. You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within close proximity of someone who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then your eyes, nose, or mouth.

What is the Extent of the Problem?

The extent of coronavirus is still under a research topic as it is continuously spreading by leap & bound and the speedy increasing number of cases keeps the fact of extension of the disease beyond any limitation till now.

The symptoms of the disease may vary from one patient to another depending on the following 4 major factors:

  1. The age of the patient
  2. The strength of immunity
  3. The chronic disease status
  4. The medical history of the patient in terms of diabetes, heart disease, coronary artery disease, asthma, or any other respiratory disorder.

Nothing can be confirmed, if a test has not been done once the test gets done the people affected by the problem go for strict medical supervision. But, one can learn and educate about the boosting of the body’s immune system that plays a key role in giving a healthy attitude towards life.

It is a crucial thing to determine the hygiene standards for washing hands frequently, wearing masks while outing, using sanitizer when traveling, and avoid touching your mouth or hand. These all are just a way to avoid infection at this juncture and must be considered as a paramount standard of living or treating the daily activities.

Morbid or Mortality rate of COVID-19:

The mortality rate of COVID-19 is high as the number of people got affected is above the age of 60. But, the data stated by the WHO is a bit satisfactory in terms of our country, India as the mortality rate in India is still lesser compared to European or American countries. Coronavirus infected more than 4.1 million worldwide. Over 285,000 COVID-19 patients died across the globe. The global mortality rate of COVID-19 is around 7%, which is way higher than in India.

Come to the points of improving immunity that is needed most at this juncture and we can do a lot of things as suggested by the doctors or a medical practitioner.

Individuals in certain pre-existing diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease are at higher risk of COVID-19 and the risk of infection also increases with age as immunity gets weaker with age.

There is neither medicine nor a vaccine still at this juncture so it only follows this proverb that prevention is better than cure. And, thus some sorts of preventive measures such as wearing masks while going out, using sanitizer, washing hands frequently can help a lot in boosting immunity and preventing the extension of disease. But, anyone can get infected and so the best way to fight COVID-19 by following some measures jotted down below:

  • Good Nutrition
  • Supplement
  • Hydration
  • Sound sleep
  • Exercise
  • Yoga and Pranayam

According to us following certain measures will provide you great help in improving your immunity of the body mentioned through the below points:

  1. Improve your diet: It is important to incorporate protein, vitamin, and unsaturated fat in your diet in order to boost the immune system. To boost the immunity system doctors advise the patient to have sprouts, veggies, fruits, nuts, milk, eggs, fishes, or white fishes, in your diet. It is instructed to have a low carbs diet as it will help in reducing the blood sugar and control diabetes. A protein-rich diet is recommended that keep you in good shape as well. Certain foods like mushrooms, tomatoes, bell pepper, and green vegetables like broccoli, and spinach are good options to build resilience in the body against infections.
  2. Take sound sleep: Good snooze time for 7-8 hours as said by doctors in order to boost the body’s immune system. Lesser sleep means you are compromising with the physiological activities that make you tired and impair your brain activity. Thus, improving immunity requires an adequate hour of sleeping.
  3. Exercise & Meditation daily: Exercise keeps your body healthy as it helps in healthy blood circulation. A daily habit of exercise improves your body stamina and immunity and makes it strong enough to fight against infection. Even a light exercise can go a long way in releasing toxins from the body. It is good to exercise for 30-45 minutes daily, depending on your stamina. As far as meditation is concerned, daily practice of it heals your stress level and encourage your capacity to face tension and distress of your life. Thus, in a longer way meditation will help you in dealing with stress as well as accelerate your immunity strength of the body.
  4. Yoga & Pranayam: The practice of doing Pranayam is healthy for our lungs as it increases the lung capacity.
  5. Stay hydrated: It is good to drink up to 8-10 glasses of water daily to keep your body hydrated. The hydrated body helps in improving the metabolism system of the body and also detoxifies your body in the best manner. It is good to have other alternatives also to beat the heat such as citrus fruits juices and coconut water.
  6. Supplements & immunity-boosting foods: If you are concerned about the nutrients level in your food, it is better to consult with your doctor as an adequate amount of nutrients will help a lot in improving the immune system of your body.

Following are the supplements that play a key role in improving your immunity system of the body:

  1. Vitamin C: Citrus fruits such as lemon, mandarins, grapefruits, oranges are rich in vitamin C that helps in improving the immunity. These are great antioxidants and protects against damage induced by oxidative stress. Some severe infections such as acute respiratory distress syndrome and sepsis improve by vitamin C doses.
  2. Vitamin D: Vitamin D helps in protecting against respiratory tract infections; however, it is good to consult your doctor if you have vitamin D deficiency in your body. Taking sun rays every morning will also be helpful.
  3. Zinc: Zinc is a vital component of white blood cells (WBC) and so it has a great role in fighting against infections. A person having zinc deficiency is more prone to flu, colds, and viral infections. Thus, it would be good to incorporate zinc-rich food in diets such as whole grains, milk products, oysters, red meat, baked beans, and nuts like cashews and almonds.
  4. Elderberry: Elderberry is full of nutrients such as phosphorus, potassium, iron, copper, vitamin A, B, C, proteins, and dietary fiber. Elderberry helps fight the cold, flu, and influenza due to its antibacterial and antiviral qualities and thus counted as a great immunity booster.
  5. Turmeric & Garlic: Turmeric has great antibacterial properties that help in fighting against infections. Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, which boosts immune function. Garlic has powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties, which enhanced the body immunity system.

We at Allure Medspa and Dr. Milan Doshi wishing you a healthy and strong immune system and fight this COVID 19 with all alternatives given by our doctors and medical practitioner.

If anyone of you has any concern about boosting the immunity system, we at Allure Medspa are here to assist you at every step no matter the time of COVID 19 or quarantine.

It is always a question to be healthy and maintain health, but one must know it has a great relationship with our dietary program, exercise habits, and meditation practice. Even though, if an individual got affected by some diseases, it is good to consult your doctor at the right time.

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