Help your body help you
Swine flu has claimed the lives of 7 persons in Jamaica, ringing alarm bells against the deadly virus.
Since we are busy in our everyday activities, it is difficult to prevent ourselves from exposure against such infections. Off course getting vaccinated against a particular infection is a solution to ensure a strong immune system, but cutting down on unhealthy habits and adopting a good lifestyle will certainly take you a long way in staying fit.
So, apart from taking the general precautions like washing your hands, wearing masks, keeping your surroundings clean, it is also important to boost your immunity to prepare your body to fight against catching the virus.
But, there is absolutely no need to panic as there are natural ways that can help keep the deadly H1N1 virus at bay.
Eating well (Immune boosting foods): Eating well plays an important role in maintaining good health. Include a lot of green leafy vegetables in your diet as they are an excellent source of antioxidants and help boost immunity. Also include probiotics like yoghurt in your diet as it contains bacteria which helps in absorption of nutrients in the intestines and stabilises the immune system. Consuming fruits is also a good idea as they are packed with the necessary vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that help fight infections and boost immunity to fight against diseases.
Beefing up on foods that are rich in Vitamin C is critical to fighting off H1N1 and other types of influenza, as well as to boost the immune system.
Foods high in vitamin C include: citrus fruits, bell peppers, dark leafy green vegetables, kiwifruit, broccoli, berries, guava, tomatoes, peas, garlic and papayas.
And if you are taking supplement with Vitamin C, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost the absorption of the Vitamin C.
Coconut water is called liquid gold from a tree and has some amazing properties. It is very affordable and very good in strengthening the body. Coconut water is rich in electrolytes, enzymes, amino acids, minerals (Calcium, potassium, manganese, magnesium), vitamins (Riboflavin and Vitamin C) and fibre.
Other very good immune boosting foods include: garlic, turmeric (curcumin), green or black tea, oysters, watermelon, cabbage, almonds, grapefruit, wheat germ, low-fat yogurt, spinach and sweet potato.
Natural herbs: There are few herbs that can offer a lot to boost your immune system like garlic, ginger, ginseng. All of them help in flushing out toxins from the body and improve your immune system.
Sleep well: Most of us do not care about our sleeping schedule or do not get adequate sleep. A good amount of sleep, say 7-8 hours is a must to relax your mind and reduce stress levels. Also, improper sleep reduces immunity. So sleep your way to good health and enjoy stress free and healthier life.
Hygiene: One needs to be cautious and maintain hygiene in order to fight infections. It is important to wash your hands time-to-time and also take proper shower to keep your body free from infections. Also, cover your mouth while you cough or sneeze to prevent spreading infections.
Hydrate yourself: Yes, drinking ample amount of water is a must. It is advisable to take at least 8 glasses of water a day to keep diseases at bay as it flushes out all the toxins from the body providing natural boost to your immunity.
Indulge in exercising: Studies have proved that daily physical exercises help protect from diseases. One should ensure physical activity like walking, jogging, playing games like tennis or football on a daily basis for at least 30 minutes as it rejuvenates one’s mind and senses and boost immunity.
Positive thinking: Yes, you heard it right. Positive thinking plays a major role in combating stress. Thereby giving positive messages to your mind and helps ease anxiety and reduce stress levels which in turn again boosts your immunity to fight against diseases.