The world has shaken from the novel corona virus outbreak lately. As we are growing accustomed to changing our lifestyles by adapting hygienic habits and maintaining social distances, scientists continue to work on antivirals and vaccines. However, what we, on an individual level do can make a huge difference to the overall health of people and ourselves.
Canadians are advised to avoid traveling and recommend travelers from outside of Canada to self-isolate for 14 days. The federal and provincial public health leaders are making these efforts to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19 in Canada. And as a responsible citizen, we must co-operate with the procedures and support them for the well-being of the country and the world. Also checkout food trends post covid.
Here’s the list of some easily available food items that will boost your immune system and help keep you safe in COVID-19 outbreak:
Garlic is loaded with a composite called allicin, it has the potential to fight viruses and boost immunity. The humble garlic, when consumed regularly, is capable enough to ward off infections from within. Allicin is also responsible for giving garlic its unique odor.
Consuming two cloves of garlic with warm water every day will boost your immunity or you can even make it a part of your daily meal, add them into soups and hot stews just like they do in authentic Indian food. It will not only benefit you but also gives your meal an added flavor.
Cinnamon is a spice used in many Indian dishes. For years people are aware of its health benefits and thus incorporating it into daily meals. This fragrant spice isn’t just beneficial to health but also adds an exotic flavor to your favorite delicacies. Studies have shown that cinnamon may contain antiviral properties along with its ability to regulate blood pressure.
Soak a cinnamon stick in water overnight in a container and cover it with a lid then drink it the next morning. You can also add a pinch of this aromatic spice to your morning cup of coffee or tea.
Yogurt is a good source of pro-biotic which helps to keep your gut healthy and hence improves your immune system. It is also known to lower the cholesterol level which increases your chances of standing tall during a time of crisis.
Particularly shiitake mushrooms are packed with beta-glucans, these are antiviral and antibacterial compounds. It helps the body by boosting immunity and also decreases inflammation.
Savor into the shiitake mushrooms by stir-frying the thinly chopped mushroom caps in coconut oil.
Ginger’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties make it highly beneficial to your overall health. It helps to balance blood sugar levels which may keep corona away. It also helps you detox which instantly removes toxins from your body resulting in a boosted immune system.
However, ginger is recommended for children under the age of 2 and pregnant women.
6. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil contains Lauric acid and caprylic acid that are essential to boosting your system against virals
Cooking your food in cold-pressed coconut oil is one way to consume it if not raw.
We all have been hearing the benefits of almonds ever since we were kids. The best thing almonds do is that it keeps your hunger pangs away. Additionally, they are packed with fiber which helps keep your gut healthy. The healthier the gut, the stronger is the immune system.
What to avoid and things to do
- Avoid the consumption of processed food which takes days to digest.
- Avoid white sugar, especially its direct consumption.
- cook fresh and eat fresh.
- Avoid soft drinks and even cold water.
- Lastly, Stay indoors and stay safe.
Last few words
Following the diet and dietary restrictions are essential but maintaining a good exercise routine and proper sleep is required as well to boost your immune system. And ultimately, do not panic or stress about the situation and become more alert and aware of taking precautions to stay safe.
Please leave the cooking to us using these great immune-boosting ingredients, herbs, and spices.