The whole world is experiencing something that no one has experienced before. While different parts of the world are dealing with coronavirus in their own ways, in India, we are experiencing a lockdown in the whole nation. One of the most important things doctors are saying is that to fight or prevent Covid-19 we all need strong immunity. Your immunity should be the strongest right now, even if you are sitting at home. We, at ILS Bariatric Care, a renowned bariatric surgery hospital in India, are going to offer some suggestions on what kind of foods you should eat to boost your immunity without increasing your weight.
The first thing that should be in your list to boost your immunity is Vitamin C. It will increase the level of antibodies in your body that helps to fight bacteria, virus, or any other foreign cells. It will also help to differentiate the white blood cells which will provide you with protection from many viruses. Doctors suggest that you should at least consume 200 mg of Vitamin C every day. You can do that by including adequate quantity oranges, grapefruit, red and green peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower in your diet.
Some sources of zinc are nuts, cereal, beans, poultry, yogurt, seeds etc. Apart from the fact that zinc helps boost your immunity, it has also been observed that it can lessen the duration of symptoms which you may have in a common cold.
Protein is always good for building your muscles and immunity. But it is especially needed right now for immune cells and antibodies. Whether it’s in the form of milk, eggs, or fish, you should have at least one item of protein in your everyday diet.
You might not have heard the name of beta carotene but it is basically a red-orange pigment found in fruits and vegetables. This pigment is converted into Vitamin A. Vitamin A is not only good for immunity but also needed for good eye health and vision. Most common vegetables you will find right now in the market that has Beta carotene are carrots, spinach, broccoli and squash.
You get enough of Vitamin D from the sun when you are going out every day. But now that you are stuck at home, you need to make sure that you are getting enough of it from other sources. After all, Vitamin D, not only selectively kills infectious agents but recent reports have suggested that it may give you protection from acute respiratory tract infections. So, drink milk and eat mushrooms, eggs, fish, etc.
Lastly, hydration is most important to boost your immunity. Even at home, staying hydrated is essential as it can remove all the toxins from your body. Consume at least 3-4 litres of liquid every day in the form of water, fruits and vegetables rich with water content, juices, soup, etc.
Instead of eating junk foods while sitting at home which will ultimately take you towards obesity, make sure you include all these foods in your daily diet. If you are an obese person, you can choose the option of bariatric surgery. But for now, eat healthily, stay safe, and wash your hands.