Cutting edge medical technologies are struggling with the COVID 19 crisis worldwide. Meanwhile, humble kitchen ingredients and home remedies are helping us in the fight against the coronavirus. Nature is indeed a miracle and a power.
Prevention Is Always Better Than Cure Against COVID 19
If you are reading this article, please understand that there is no official medicine or vaccine or natural remedies that are being recommended to cure the coronavirus. Till now, there is no exact cure and only prevention.
The Whole Health Organizations have not officially recommended any natural or pharmaceutical or anti-biotic medicines and remedies so far to cure the coronavirus or to handle its symptoms.
Like the famous quote says, “prevention is always better than cure”.
This article is one such attempt to show you some natural and available-at-home ingredients that will help you boost your immunity. The reason is, the stronger the immunity, the easier it is for the human body to fight against foreign particles.
Before we begin,
Here are a few heads up to you regarding the COVID 19 Novel coronavirus pandemic as per the official information form the World Health Organization.
What is a Corona Virus? Why Is It Called COVID 19?
Coronavirus is a highly infectious virus that affects a person’s respiratory system. The infections can range from a mild cold to more severe levels like affecting lungs, difficulty breathing, and damage to respiratory tracts causing death.
The name COVID 19 is because; this novel coronavirus broke out in the year 2019 in December.
What Are The Symptoms Of The Corona Virus?
The symptoms and intensity differ from people to people. Some of the most common Corona
Virus symptoms are:
- Dry cough
Some affected patients have reported problems like
- Severe body pain
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
These symptoms will begin mildly and reach extreme levels.
Some COVID 19 affected persons have not shown any symptoms outside and they don’t feel unwell.Our humble request is, as soon as you have any of these coronavirus symptoms, self-isolate yourself.Get yourself tested by seeking immediate medical attention.
Please DO NOT try any self-medication or home remedies to treat or curb coronavirus symptoms. It’s dangerous.
Get medical help as soon as you can. Meanwhile, there is no need to panic.
How Do We Protect Ourselves From COVID 10 Coronavirus?
You can protect yourself from the coronavirus by following three methods. They are
- Adapting Social Distancing.
- Maintaining Personal Hygiene. That includes washing your hands as often as you can with a hand sanitizer, soaps, and hand washes liquids that have alcohol content in it. Do it for at least 30 seconds.
- Keep yourself healthy. Keep your system healthy by taking immunity-boosting food to fight against any virus and bacteria including this COVID 19.
Why Immunity Boosting Is Essential To Fight Against The Novel Coronavirus?
Our human body is naturally designed to be immune to any foreign particle.
Our body’s immune system defends itself first and starts fighting against viruses and bacteria entering inside. Increased levels of white blood cells in the body ensure good immunity.
Stronger the immune system, the lesser the infections to us!
That is why; you need to maintain proper health and take healthy foods to build your body’s immunity. Immunity is the key factor to take care of when it comes to preventing corona infection.
Those who have a high immune system tend to be less infectious to the coronavirus. Those who are prone to low immune systems have high chances of getting infected by the coronavirus.
The emphasis here is, as long as your immune system is strong, your body will put up a tough fight against viruses and bacteria entering your system.
10 Immunity-Boosting Foods To Fight Against Corona
The magic kitchen ingredient that is rich in Vitamin C is Lemon. Also, Lemons are the best for boosting immunity as it has flavoring, antioxidants.
The micro nutrients present in lemons are effective in preventing diseases.
Ginger is another powerful ingredient in boosting immunity and fight against germs.
Ginger is said to contain an active component called Gingerol which has medicinal and healing properties.
The high anti-inflammatory properties of ginger will help you get quick relief from aches and pain. Ginger is an excellent remedy for stomach upset and indigestions.
The highlight is, the bioactive ingredient Gingerol is associated with lowering the risks of getting infections. Ginger is said to inhibit the growth of oral bacteria.
To some extent, ginger effectively helps in treating respiratory infections.
Add black pepper as much as possible in your breakfast, lunches, dinners, and your smoothies and juices. Have no second thoughts. Black Pepper is indeed a magical ingredient in fighting infections.
Want To Know Why?
Black Peppers are high with antioxidants. A bioactive component called piperine is said to be active in fighting free radicals away from the body.
Black pepper is anti-inflammatory too.
Include peppers as much as you can. It’s essential in increasing immune response towards infections in our body
Humble turmeric is to be hailed here when it comes to boosting immunity.
Turmeric is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredient for you.
Here’s another feather in the cap. Turmeric is an excellent and potent antibacterial ingredient.
Turmeric is said to help in increasing the immunomodulation capacity of the body. It gives a good relief against common cold and allergies when used with black pepper.
Add turmeric in your food along with black pepper to reap immune-boosting benefits.
Garlic is rich in anti-inflammatory properties. Garlic is effective in boosting the immune system of the body. It helps the body in healing quickly from cold or flu.
The bioactive component in garlic is found to be helping with increasing the antioxidant enzymes in the body.
The immune system needs Vitamin C. no better source than the Citrus fruits. Vitamin C contributes to your immune system by supporting its various cellular functions. Vitamin C micro nutrient supports the immune system in a way of acting as a barrier towards pathogens.
Here are essential sources of Vitamin C needed for our immune system.
- Kakadu Plums
- Chili Peppers
- Guavas. Especially the Pink ones.
- Broccoli sprouts
Make Vitamin C foods as a predominant part of your daily intake in your diet.
7.Iron And Folate Rich Foods
Iron needs no introduction. Iron is a key building block for your body and protects you from head to toe.
Regular intake of Iron and Folate rich foods ensures that your body gets necessary vitamins, minerals to build a strong immune system.
Iron-rich foods include
- Almonds and Walnuts
- Dried black raisin
- Dried apricot
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Green veggies and Peas
Regularly consume iron-rich foods in combination with Vitamin C rich foods for better absorption by the body. Immune response stays strong due to iron, and other vitamin and mineral-rich foods.
8.Vitamin D Rich Foods
Vitamin D boosts our immune system. Vitamin D helps the immune system stay balanced.
Vitamin D is also important for the proper absorption of calcium in the body. In simple terms,
Vitamin D is an essential key to maintain a healthy immune response and system
Vitamin D rich food sources are:
- Fish tends to be a good source of Vitamin D
- Tuna, Mackerel, and salmon
- Herrin and sardine fishes
- Egg yolks
- Vitamin D fortified foods recommended by a credible quality source
You know what? Early morning, the subtle light ray coming out of the sun is a rich source of
Vitamin D naturally.
Early morning sun rays are said to contain Vitamin D that is being easily absorbed by the body.
Proteins are essential for our bodies to build a high immune response. By taking it the natural way, you can build a good immune strength.
Natural Protein sources include:
- Unsalted Nuts and Seeds
Natural ways of proteins will make it easy for the body to process it. always, prefer natural choices instead of supplements.
Broccoli is said to contain sulfur and selenium components in it that has a powerful impact on increasing the immunity levels.
An important antioxidant is the carotenoids which is converted into Vitamin A that helps regulate the immune system.
Few Carotenoid rich foods are:
- Sweet potatoes
Apart from carotenoids, we have plenty of antioxidant sources for our bodies.
Few antioxidant-rich foods are:
- Omega 3 fatty acid-enriched foods like flaxseeds, walnuts, pecan nuts, and chia seeds.
- Dried Black Grapes and Prunes
- Berries like Strawberry, Blueberry, and BlackBerry
Enrich your diet with these antioxidant-rich foods to boost your immunity.
12.Vitamin B6 Enriched Foods
Vitamin B6 is said to be highly involved in enhancing the immune function and hemoglobin formation in our body.
Food sources of Vitamin B6 are:
Apart from natural food sources, other processed foods are fortified with Vitamin B6. The best way is to take it in the natural form.
The 12 immunity-boosting foods to fight against viruses and bacteria are simple ingredients in our kitchen. Let’s make good use of it this time.
Let’s get to the next part.
5 Simple Home Remedies To Boost Your Immunity
Strengthening your immune system is not a Himalayan task. Don’t worry about ‘how am I going to do this by staying in a home quarantine’. Including more vitamins and mineral-rich foods in your daily diet is all you have to do.
To simplify your work even more, here are 5 simple home remedies to boost your immunity.
1.Lemon Ginger Concoction
- 1 Fresh Lemon. Clean it. You can take the juice. But better, cut into small pieces or finely grate them without peeling the outer skin.
- Fresh Ginger with the outer skin removed (quantity depends upon your preference. Medium to a large chunk of ginger will do).
How To Prepare The Concoction?
- Take a glass of water. You can add more if you want.
- Start boiling it. Add the lemon and ginger.
- Cover it with some lid.
- Wait till the water is reduced half.
- Once done, cool the water, start consuming at regular intervals.
- You can add honey while you are consuming it.
It’s a wonderful immunity-boosting drink. You can prepare this concoction with more than one liter of water depending on your preference and drinking.
2.Turmeric Lemon Black Pepper Concoction
- Tsp. of Turmeric. You can increase the quantity depending upon the quantity of water you like.
- Tbsp. of Pepper. Crush the pepper. But, don’t powder it.
- I full Lemon. Cut it or grate it without removing the outer peel.
- A medium chunk of grated ginger. Peel the outer layer.
- Pink rock salt. Tsp. to tbsp. depending upon your taste preference.
How To Prepare
- Bring a liter of water to a boil.
- Add in turmeric, and coarsely ground pepper. Give a nice stir. Let the turmeric mix well with the water.
- Add lemon and ginger mixture.
- Add in the salt.
- Cover it with a lid.
- Wait till the water is reduced half or even below.
- Once done, let it cool.
If the concoction seems too harsh for you, mix it with water. Add in some honey. Store it in a flask because it’s good when it is warm.
3.Lemon Honey Drink
- Glass of water
- of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- of Honey
- of Black Pepper Powder
How To Prepare
- Make Luke warm water.
- Add in the lemon juice, honey, and pepper powder.
- Mix it well. Stir for some time to mix.
Take this immunity boosting drink first thing in the morning.
4.Good Food Combinations
As we discussed earlier, immunity-boosting foods are essential to fight against the coronavirus. Staying healthy is very important during this infectious crisis times.
Use a combo of healthy foods.
I’m not talking about your usual breakfast cereals, pasta, pizzas, and donuts. Although they are highly tempting, limit yourself with it.
Include healthy food combos at least twice in your day. In simple terms, consume foods that are a mix of vitamins, minerals, especially iron and Vitamin C.
For every dish you cook; keep adding immunity-boosting ingredients like lemon, black pepper, turmeric, ginger, and garlic.
Take herbal infused teas with a little bit of lime and ginger grated in it.
Make yourself some nice warm soups with black pepper, garlic and ginger in it without fail.
A balanced diet is very important for boosting your immunity.
5.Vitamin C Rich Smoothie And A Fruit Bowl For Breakfast
Early morning is not the active hours for us alone. It is the active hours for our body too.
Everything you add gets absorbed easily and effectively in the early hours with a light stomach.
Boost the active hours of your body with immunity enhancing Vitamin C rich Smoothies. Berry smoothies are good options. It’s up to you in picking the smoothie recipe. But, make sure you add Vitamin C rich ingredients like lemon peels, grated ginger, pick of black peppers to your smoothies.
Next to a smoothie is the fruit bowl. Throw in your favorite fruits in the bowl. Add good quality yogurt. Sprinkle it with black pepper. Mix and have it for breakfast. The fruit bowl is limited to your imagination. Just go crazy with it.
Make sure, you have Vitamin C rich smoothie and a fruit bowl for your breakfast.
I can hear you saying ‘I like pancakes more’. It’s fine. Have this Vitamin-rich smoothie and fruit bowl before. After thirty minutes or so, have your yummy pancakes.
Our Final Thoughts
What we shared with you all here is not the cure or remedy for the coronavirus. There’s no miracle cure for COVID 19 crisis yet. Next time, ignore the miracle stories that are coming to you about the coronavirus cure. Shut them all out.
If there’s Cure we all will know for Sure!
This article is about the prevention part of the coronavirus pandemic. As medical experts say, you need to keep yourself healthy and eat immunity-boosting foods to protect yourself against corona infections. We have shared with your simple kitchen ingredients and home remedies that we could all do to keep ourselves healthy.
Having said that,
Let’s not panic or create chaos.
Let’s be hygienic!
Let’s not give in to rumors!