Fight Coronavirus: Food to boost your immunity system

Fight Coronavirus: Food to boost your immunity system

Coronavirus as an epidemic has already caused countries to lockdown for social distancing and prevention of its further spread. There is an immediate need to take precautions the key is to focus on building one’s immunity as well as overall health. It is important to follow basic hygiene but there’s only so much that hand sanitizers can do. Hence, it’s imperative to boost immunity that helps prevent diseases like novel coronavirus.

Our body has a natural defense mechanism, ‘immunity’, to prevent and fight again viruses such as coronavirus infection. Since it is a virus that has never mutated in human beings before, there is no current solution to it. Therefore, prevention is the best way during times of social distancing or self-quarantine. Our strong immune system will help us with virus prevention and also with regular pollution or contamination in food problems.

One of the most helpful ammo in this fight against ill-health is right in your kitchen.

1. Turmeric is a spice commonly used in Indian cuisines and easily accessible. It contains a bright-yellow compound known as curcumin which has strong anti-inflammatory effects. Research suggests it might enhance immune function, prevent flu and heart diseases. It also helps in soothing sore throat and improves digestion. On the other hand, adding turmeric to your food adds flavor, and taking a curcumin supplement is unlikely to cause any harm in otherwise healthy people. Consume it with milk before sleeping or add it to warm water to reduce itching. Ginger-haldi tea is a remedy for the flu.

2. Garlic, a pungent herb with a characteristic aroma with zesty flavor and is popular amongst Indian cuisine. It helps to fight the common cold and has antibacterial and antiviral effects. As per a research report, garlic supplements had cold recovered more quickly.

3. Cloves also known as lavang pods are a major part of Ayurvedic medicine. It helps in treating nausea and flu. The oil in it combats sore gums. It should be a part of one’s diet by adding it to your pulaos and other rice dishes.

4. Cinnamon has strong anti-inflammatory properties and can be added to warm water, coffee and desserts. The oil in it reduces aches, joint pains and improves circulation.

5. Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce inflammation in the body. The lining of the cells is protected by this fatty acid which keeps the immune system in check. It may not directly help with warding off a cold, but it bolsters the immune system, so when there is a viral attack the body is prepared. The omega-3-rich foods include flax seeds (unroasted, powdered) that can be added to soups and salads or crushed to powder and add it in the wheat flour.

6. Juices like Kale which is nutrient-dense provide one of the best ways to fortify the immune system. Pomegranate helps in aiding blood clotting, boosts heart health and bone development. Beetroot juice has powerful antioxidants that lower the risk of heart disease and inflammation. Orange juice is a rich source of vitamin C along with calcium that contributes to bone health.

Individuals with type 2 diabetes and other metabolic conditions are at higher risk of complications from COVID-19. The effective tools for treating and reversing these metabolic conditions are low-carb and ketogenic diets. A Keto diet containing high fat and low carbohydrates activates a subset of the immune system’s T cells in the lungs. A recent study also shows that the way the body burns fat to produce ketone bodies from the food we eat can fuel the immune system to fight flu infection. It will also help you limit the conditions like high blood pressure or high blood sugar that might worsen the health condition.

Author: Paramita Saha, Sports Nutritionist, to get an immune-boosting diet or a list of supplements under a guided program email –

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Paramita Singh

Paramita is a certified Sports Nutritionist cum Entrepreneur with diverse experience in the field of Nutrition Science. She has been practicing yoga for more than 15 years now as a disciple of Sadhguru. Prior to focusing on nutrition science, she was a business analyst for nearly 12 years. Shifting from corporate to being a certified nutritionist and fitness coach, the journey was emotional and transformational from being an individual to becoming a mother. Struggling from post-pregnancy weight gain yet was inspired as a mother which led her to be full-time nutritionist specializing in macro and micro nutrient diets. There are many roles that she has had to don ever since she put on the shoes of becoming a certified nutritionist and fitness coach. Most of her clients have come to her and expressed the pressure of the societal glare that has pushed them to take a look at their bodies. She consults each of her clients personally with mental support and guides them to lead healthy lifestyle. Paramita had always led a healthy lifestyle and a true nature lover. Even at the start of her career, she worked as Environmentalist and contributed in government projects. Since 2007, she started working at GIS as Business Analyst majorly assessing business problems and providing technology solutions at various capacities. In 2018, she indulged herself into healthy baking alternatives and Bengali cuisine food with “Parami’s Kitchen”. In 2019, she was certified as Sports Nutritionist from K11 Academy of Fitness Science and worked as a Nutrition coach at Healthify Me. She is actively pursuing certified courses in Yoga specialized in adults as well as toddlers/children. Paramita has also applied for a certified course to be mindfulness instructor as she believe in balancing both the mind and body for a healthy living.