The devastating outbreak of coronavirus has put the entire human race at risk. With no medicines and vaccines, the only way to win this war is by invigorating your immunity. And the best way to bolster your immunity goes through a healthy diet.
Though sleep and exercise are also crucial, diet is prime!
Poor diet ebbs your immunity and exposes your body to potential threats. For fighting seasonal cold and cough to cancer and COVID, immunity is the ultimate archery. So, you must nourish your immune system to sail through the COVID storm.
But with the food outlets locked down and essentials getting scarce, is it even possible to get your regular dose of healthy nutrition?
It does not take a chef to cook a healthy meal!
In fact, the beauty of healthy eating lies in its simplicity.
The lesser you prepare the healthier it will be.
‘What should I eat to strengthen my immune system?’ – The question of the hour
Amidst the fueling concerns of coronavirus, people are panicking to minimize their risk of getting sick. As such, only one question is echoing from every corner – ‘What should I eat to strengthen my immune system?’
The answer is simple – ‘A balanced diet’!
The art of survival!
A balanced diet does not mean having exotic fruits and veggies replenished with nutrients. Even your simple home-cooked food is supple with healthy nutrients. The art of survival is really simple. And its time we learn it from our ancient sages!
- Eat lots of vegetables and fruits that are available.
- Eat salads and lots of citrus fruits.
- Drink adequate water and be hydrated at all times.
- Eat rice, roti, curd, milk, eggs.
- Avoid spicy, processed, refrigerated foods.
- Avoid sweets and salty foods.
- Start your day with a glass full of lemon juice.
- You can also try Chyawanprush and Ayurvedic immune boosters.
- Eat fresh cooked hot meals and eat your meals at a proper time every time.
- Practice mindful eating. Focus, chew, and show gratitude.
The panic of this pandemic
The outbreak has set a panic mode across the globe. While some are worried about their health, some are nervous I losing their jobs. Some are stuck away from their family and some are hanging on the edge.
No matter what the conditions, everyone is fighting a different battle!
With panic, anxiety, insomnia and depression clouding the mind, the digestive system is sure to get sluggish. As such, eating simple easily digestible food is the best choice at this time!
Fighting COVID while battling another disease
The sedentary lifestyle and poor eating habits coupled with the stress has already dragged life through the hell of diseases. From diabetes to cancer to hypertension the world is already suffering.
People with hypertension must be very cautious to keep their calm and avoid salty food items. And those with diabetes must take care of their sugar levels.
Being locked in the house wrecks the routine. It impacts your physical workout regime. It can aggravate irritation. And mess with the diet. Hence, good care at such desperate times is imperial.
Stick to the healthy meal plan. The one advised by the doctors.
Surviving COVID at the face of scarcity
Not having avocados or ciliary in the fridge is not a scarcity.
The real scarcity has hit the poor.
With the supply chain crippled down, shelves are empty and farms are turning into dump lands. Fresh produce from the farm are dumped because farmers are not able to move it and sell it.
This not only caused a spike in costs but also made the basic essentials unavailable for those living life below the poverty line or those on the poverty line.
Hence, to fight and win this war with COVID, tackling this situation of food scarcity is pivotal.
Else, we people will die because of the hostilities caused by COVID-19.
Your dietary guide for surviving COVID-19
Here is a list of what to eat and what to donate!
- Fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains.
- Ensure protein intake with meat, fish, eggs and milk.
- For snacks choose raw veggies and fresh fruits.
- Avoid food high in sugar, fat or salt.
- Do not overcook your food.
- Drink water and lemon juice.
- Eat moderate amounts of fat and oil
- Avoid red meat.
- Limit your intake of carbonated beverages, sodas and juices high in sugar.
- With limited physical activities, you won’t be needing as much energy as you did before. So, cut your meal size!
With all the time in your hand, you might be tempted to try your chef skills making all the tempting desserts. But that’s not what you need now! All you need now is rest and a scoop of a healthy meal.