With the ongoing pandemic, all of us are worked up trying to making sure we head towards mental wellbeing and optimal health. Simple but most effective habits help us attain that goal. Exercising at least four days a week along with yoga and meditation, staying hydrated, eating healthy and green meals with spices such as turmeric and cinnamon, sleeping well, spending time on yourself and with your loved ones, etc. have all proved effective measures. Other than his, it is extremely important to keep certain things in mind, as at times sufficient quantities and limits are not attained unless externally sourced.
Other things to keep in mind:
Catch some sun
Sun is the natural source of Vitamin D, hence spending some time in natural light allows our body to manufacture vitamin D. Vitamin D fights diseases, reduces depression and anxiety, prevents heart diseases and boosts weight loss. Lack of vitamin D is correlated to a higher risk of respiratory infection. Supplementing vitamin D prevents any other risk from UV rays on the sun.
For ages, our ancestors are using herbal remedies to stay fit and cure ailments. Scientists are however studying the effectiveness of many herbal supplements that were traditionally used as immunity boosters like ginseng and echinacea. Furthermore, herbal remedies like soothing teas help one relax and sleep well with reduced stress.
Remember the A,B,C,D,Es
In such uncertain times, it is very important to take conscious efforts to manage your vitamins. A lack of micronutrients has been directly linked to reduced immunity. Aiding your nutrient-rich food along with health supplements boosts overall health as well as your immune system. Vitamin A, B2, B6, C, D and E particularly have been proven to be related to immune response.
A daily intake of vitamin supplements seems to play a significant role in avoiding ailments.
Micro-manage the minerals
In addition to vitamins, it is vital to get enough key minerals. Minerals are needed by our bodies to develop and function normally. Few of the essential minerals include zinc, selenium, magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, chloride, copper and sodium. According to Harvard Medical School, selenium may help prevent cancer, zinc is critical for the proper function of body cells.
Superfoods are organic foods that are dense and nutrient-rich food that contain vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. Few superfoods include ginger that helps fight inflammation, common cold and flu. It aids digestion and prevents constipation. It is anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. Garlic has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties and is proven to benefit patients suffering from diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Lemongrass is rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, iron and amino acids. Its anti-oxidant properties help fight cancer-causing free radicals. Avocados and high in magnesium and regulate blood sugar and blood pressure. Studies show that it can help reduce the risk of heart diseases.
Consuming probiotics or “good” bacteria
These bacteria are important for a healthy digestive process and immune system. Probiotics can be sourced naturally from fermented foods such as yogurt.
Thus, looking after your immunity does not have to be a chore, it can simply be fun, relaxing and delicious.