Life with COVID-19 so far has been a rollercoaster. But, enough with the negativities and complaints. Let’s acknowledge the fact that our lives are about to be this way for some more time (till the coronavirus dies a fatal death).
So, while we are at home let’s make the most of it – with the right diet. After all, the first line of defense against the supervirus is a healthy lifestyle and a great immune system.
Here are 10 superfoods that will help you single-handedly fight the coronavirus.
This spice is so much more than just its signature yellow color. Since ages, turmeric has helped the body cleanse naturally. The powerful anti-inflammatory property fights foreign agents inside the body and strengthens the immune system.
Water not only keeps you hydrated but also boosts immunity in the human body by getting rid of foreign invaders through the kidney. Sipping eight to nine glasses of the good old H2O with thirty minutes of exercise should do the trick for you.
The probiotic lactobacillus is what makes yoghurt the best source of vitamins and proteins. It also helps keep your weight in control. Go for the non-fat variant and add your favorite nuts, berries and the right amount of honey.
4. Dark chocolate
Dark chocolate contains an antioxidant called theobromine, which may help to boost the immune system by protecting the body’s cells from free radicals that otherwise contribute to making us ill. A square or two of bitter chocolates per day should suffice.
Blueberries are full of antioxidants that prevent the mutation of cancer cells. Among its other benefits, include helps digestion, improves health, keeps blood pressure in control, strengthens bones and protects against heart disease.
Here’s why your parents forced you to eat broccoli when you were a kid. It has cancer-preventing and anti-inflammatory properties that keep the immune strong. If you do not like the mature vegetable, try eating the sprouts instead.
Tomatoes is the powerhouse of beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E. It improves digestion, regulates blood pressure levels, curbs depression and boosts immunity. Eat them raw with salads and sandwiches for maximum benefits.
8. Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A, and beta carotene. It helps you fight cell damage and keeps the skin young. It is also good for the heart, teeth and vision. The fibre content improves mood and memory.
Garlic has been an age-old remedy for prevention of cough and cold. Among its ingredients include flavonoids, arginine, selenium, and oligosaccharides. It can be a stress buster, fights infection and supports the immune system.
10. Green tea
Green tea is rich in polyphenols, an anti-oxidants that help the body fight infections, viruses, and sickness. Also, the small amount of caffeine it contains strengthens the immune system.
Hold on! There’s more. Here’s how to increase immunity power in the body naturally.
List of foods that boost the immune system
- Vitamin C
Citrus fruits, tomatoes, potatoes, strawberries, green and red bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and kiwifruit.
- Vitamin A
Carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, cantaloupe, squash, cod liver oil, black-eyed peas, spinach, broccoli, and sweet red pepper.
- Vitamin E
Wheat germ oil, almonds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, peanut butter, vegetable oils, such as sunflower, wheat germ, safflower, corn and soybean oils.
- Vitamin D
Fortified soy milk, mushrooms, cereals, fortified orange juice, almond milk, and rice milk.
Baked beans, cashews, raisin bran, chickpeas, pine nuts, peanuts, almonds, milk and cheese
These foods will boost the immune system. And not to forget. Stay home! Stay Safe!