Never before has a viral infection ravaged the modern world, paralyzing businesses, travel, and learning as indiscriminately as the COVID-19 pandemic. The thing with Coronavirus is that it has no vaccine, antibiotic, or specific antiviral drug that can be used in treating it. Immunity boosting is one of the best ways to improve your chances of resisting and recovering from possible Coronavirus infection. Here are our Top 7 Immunity-Boosting Tips to help boost your body’s immunity against the Covid-19 infection.

Note that the views expressed here are not a substitute for medical advice. Please ensure that you consult and follow the advice of your medical practitioner should you feel unwell.

1. Eat More Fruits to Boost Your Immunity

Grapes, oranges, and apples

Generally, a diet high in fruits and vegetables is excellent for your body and overall health. But to give you an edge over viral infections, you need to increase your intake of vitamin-packed citrus fruits and berries: These include (but are not limited to):

  • Guava (377mg per serving)
  • Oranges (97.5mg per large fruit, 120mg per cup)
  • Kiwi fruit (84mg of Vitamin C are in 1 large Kiwi)
  • Pink Grapefruit (93.9mg of Vitamin C per cup)
  • Berries – Strawberries, Elderberries

2. Eat More Vegetables

Most people think citrus fruits have the most Vitamin C…… they are wrong! Certain veggies like bell peppers are packed with Vitamin C. Leafy greens like spinach and kale are not just fiber-rich; they are also nutrient-packed and great for boosting immunity. Take a look at the numbers on some of these underestimated veggies.

  • Red & Green Bell Peppers (Raw red peppers – 190mg of Vitamin C per cup; Raw green peppers – 120mg of Vitamin C per cup)
  • Broccoli (has 81mg of Vitamin C per cup of raw Broccoli)
  • Spinach – contains Vitamin C and folate. Folate is essential because it helps your body make new cells and repair DNA
  • Red Cabbage (54mg of Vitamin C per cup of cooked Red cabbage)

3. Get More Zinc in Your Diet

Zinc-rich food, including nuts, broccoli, and cheese

Zinc is a nutrient that’s known to create and activate white blood cells in the body. White blood cells are the body’s immune-response army. They fight off viruses (including the virus that causes Covid-19), bacteria, and other baddies invading the body. Zinc is also needed to grow and repair body tissue.

You have to eat some zinc-rich foods every day because your body doesn’t store zinc.

Some zinc-rich foods include

  • Nuts and seeds – Cashew Nuts, peanuts, almonds, sesame seeds, and pumpkin seeds, etc.
  • Dairy products like milk and cheese.
  • Red Meat – for all the bad rap red meat gets, it still is one of the top food sources of Zinc. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, not to worry, there are still plenty of alternatives from other foods like lentils.
  • Shellfish – Oysters, mussels, crab, shrimp
  • Legumes – Beans, lentils, chickpeas, etc.
  • Whole grains
  • Dark chocolate – 100gms contains 30% of the recommended daily value of zinc. However, the same 100gm of chocolate also contains about 600 calories, so this isn’t a zinc source to rely on.
  • Eggs

4. Drink More Herbal Teas and Vitamin-Packed Infusions

A herbal tea with lemon and ginger

These teas and tea infusion combinations are known for their antioxidant properties and their ability to soothe cold and flu symptoms.

  • Lemon and Ginger
  • Green Tea
  • Mint and Ginger infusions (Mint alone is perfect too)
  • Shellfish – Oysters, mussels, crab, shrimp
  • Legumes – Beans, lentils, chickpeas, etc.
  • Garlic infusions – adding garlic to the other infusions makes a powerful immunity-boosting combo you can drink regularly. Add it to your lemon & ginger combo or the mint & ginger combo. Adding garlic to your food is also highly recommended as an immunity-boosting tip.

If you have a sweet tooth, adding a dash of honey to your cup makes the tea all the more delicious, perfectly complementing the other natural ingredients. To get the full benefits, remember to use the fresh forms of ginger, mint, lemon, and garlic.

5. Take a Walk Outside

Tracy laying on a beach chair

It’s been said that breathing deeply kills germs – Not the germs breathing in….. We mean, YOU need to breathe in deeply.

There’s something about being outdoors that’s great for your whole psyche. Breathing in the fresh air and taking in the beauty of nature are a great way to de-stress. The lower your stress levels, the better your immunity.

If you’re able to get outside even for a brief walk, you will be doing yourself a huge favor. Your stress levels will go down, and your immunity, even against Covid-19, will get a boost. Just remember to have your mask on anytime you leave the house and maintain social distance.

6. Exercise at Least 3 Times a Week

A woman practicing yoga at home

Regular exercise works not just to help you look and feel good. It also improves your cardiovascular health and the overall circulation in your body. With improved circulation, your body’s immunity against Covid-19 and other diseases is ramped up. And just because you can’t go outside, doesn’t mean you can’t work out. There are lots of home work-out videos available online, and you just need to find something that suits you.

Exercise is known to be highly beneficial to the health of your cells and internal organs. Regular exercise, in this case, would mean 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, a minimum of 3 days each week.

Regular workouts (coupled with a healthy diet) keep your body organs and systems functioning in tip-top condition. This means your body is better able to fight off infections when they threaten your immunity.

7. Get Enough Sleep

A woman sleeping comfortably in bed

Sleep is a crucial function of our lives because beyond getting rest, the body regenerates and repairs itself during sleep. It’s generally recommended that you get 7 hours a night of quality sleep each night. If you’re not getting enough sleep, then it means your body isn’t getting enough time to repair and regenerate itself. Consequently, your immune system gets compromised too.

The fact that you’re also getting inadequate rest makes you prone to stress. You probably end up drinking more coffee to keep you alert throughout the day. An accumulation of sleep deprivation to your body heightens stress levels and weakens your immunity over time. The last thing you want right now is anything that weakens your immunity and makes you vulnerable to Covid-19. So do yourself a favor and get some shut-eye this season.

Boosting Your Immunity to Fight Covid-19

With Covid-19 continuing to spread, it’s now more important than ever to do everything we can to support our body’s immunity. Granted, there are no quick-fix ways to boost your immunity, and we have only covered 7 in this article.

Besides, immunity is determined by other individual characteristics such as age, lifestyles, and physical makeup. The ideal approach to immunity-boosting is to make healthy eating and a balanced lifestyle a daily habit.

What other Immunity Boosting Tips do you practice that work for you? We would love to know more. Please drop us a line in the comments section below. Let’s help each other overcome the Covid-19 threat to humanity.

You might also like our lock-down coping tips in our next post, 10 Ways to Cope During Lockdown.

Then again, we understand if you just want something else to read, outside of Covid19. We’ve got plenty for you to choose from on our Blog. From zero waste for coffee & tea lovers to sustainable fashion – we’ve got you covered.

Just One More Thing…

Basic Prevention to keep you and your loved ones safe from Coronavirus infection

Remember to practice the following Basic Prevention steps to keep you and your loved ones safe from Coronavirus infection.

  1. Keep your hands clean by regularly washing them with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  2. Maintain at least 3 feet (1 meter) between yourself and anyone with symptoms of coughing or sneezing.
  3. Avoid touching your face, especially the mouth, nose, and eyes. Contaminated hands quickly transfer the Coronavirus by touching your mouth, nose, and eyes, causing infection.
  4. Follow good hygiene when you cough and sneeze to avoid spreading droplets to the people and surfaces around you. Catch your cough/ sneeze in your elbow, or in a tissue that you should dispose of afterward.
  5. If you feel unwell and start to experience fever, coughing, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention.
  6. Keep up-to-date with what’s happening regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Avoid any non-essential travel as guided by your city authorities and medical experts.

More FAQs on the Coronavirus, including ‘Why’ you should follow these Basic Prevention steps are outlined by the World Health Organization right here.

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