Precaution is better than cure. An old saying that is thoroughly important during the current Coronavirus outbreak. All over the world, health care professionals, scientists and medical companies are working hard to find the cure for the virus. As per WHO a vaccine takes almost a year to develop and people are working hard to find a breakthrough.
The only possible cure to be safe from the virus is by building strong immunity that can help your body fight the deadly disease.
So how to improve your immune system? A good immune system also depends on your lifestyle with proper sleeping & exercising habits along with the proper balance of vitamins and minerals. I have listed down a couple of ways that you can help you enhance your immunity via fruits and vegetables.
Vitamin A (VitA) is a micronutrient that is crucial for maintaining vision, promoting growth and development, and protecting epithelium and mucus integrity in the body. VitA is known as an anti-inflammation vitamin because of its critical role in enhancing immune function.
Best sources of Vitamin A – Go for the color red and orange food options such as carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, cantaloupe, squash, apricot, papaya, etc.
As per WEB MD, Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is necessary for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues. It’s involved in many body functions, including formation of collagen, absorption of iron, the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth.
Best sources of Vitamin C – Citrus fruits like oranges, sweet-lime, lemon, kiwi, mango, pineapple, papaya, watermelon, broccoli, bell pepper, spinach, sprouts, tomato and parsley.
Vitamin D is essential for strong bones, because it helps the body use calcium from the diet. Vitamin D is necessary for the proper functioning of your immune system, which is your body’s first line of defense against infection and disease. This vitamin plays a critical role in promoting immune response.
Best sources of Vitamin D – Ideally the best source of Vitamin D is Sun. (Early sunrise only) Natural sources of vitamin D include fatty fishes such as salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines. You can find Vitamin D fortified foods these days also Vitamin D shots orange juices.
Iron is an important component of hemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs to transport it throughout your body. Hemoglobin represents about two-thirds of the body’s iron. If you don’t have enough iron, your body can’t make enough healthy oxygen-carrying red blood cells.
Best sources of IRON – Duck, egg, sardines, canned salmon, legumes such as lentils, beans and chickpeas, tofu, oats, muesli, green peas, brown bread.
Remember that immunity does not improve right away and it takes conscious daily efforts. Apart from the food mentioned above also try to include turmeric and garlic in your food. Do at-least 20 mins of exercise and try to get proper sleep.
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