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COVID-19: Make Healthy Eating And Nutrition A Part Of Your Life And Boost Immunity

A wholesome diet ensures that the body gets everything it needs and builds up the necessary antibodies and immunity to ward off any infection or disease

Coronavirus 2019: Make Healthy Eating And Nutrition A Part Of Your Life And Boost Immunity

New Delhi: The stark rise in the cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) across the world and now in India has raised numerous doubts among people. Questions like whether or not a nutritious diet can prevent an individual from contracting the infectious disease are doing the rounds. Adding fuel to the fire are WhatsApp forwards and unverified information on the internet listing out the foods to have and have to prevent oneself from the pandemic COVID-19. There is no denying that having an optimally functioning immune system to safeguard against the disease is more important than ever. But how to strengthen your immunity naturally? To put a rest to all the apprehensions and get tips on boosting immunity, NDTV speaks to Clinical Nutritionist Lovneet Batra.

Before we list out the food items to inculcate in a diet, let remember the basic rule – eat freshly prepared hot food. Don’t eat raw food. Also, get enough sleep, minimum seven hours of sleep as it regulates immune function, said Ms Batra.

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Befriend Vitamin C And D

Vitamin C deficiency results in impaired immunity and higher susceptibility to infections. To boost immunity and the levels of Vitamin C, one should take citrus fruits and vegetables like Amla, Lemon, Orange and others. Ms Batra suggests drinking fresh amla juice (30ml), every day.

People who have been infected with the COVID-19 are given Vitamin C through IV (Intravenous therapy) – that delivers fluids directly into a vein, said Ms Batra.

Vitamin D deficiency which is prevalent among women is a big no. While the best and most abundant source of Vitamin D is sunlight, in case of deficiency, one should take supplements. Egg yolks and mushrooms can also be made part of the diet to increase the levels of Vitamin D in a human body.

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Yogurt, A Natural Probiotic

In the time of coronavirus, hand hygiene which involves regular cleaning and washing of hands with soap and water or alcohol based rub is recommended. Hand sanitisers which are being used regularly to kick away the germs and viruses, kills the good bacteria essential to build immunity. Yogurt is a natural probiotic and aids in the formation of good bacteria in our body. – the relation doesn’t make sense

Yogurt has to be freshly made. If you have sore throat regardless of the cause, yogurt might worsen it but for better immunity you need probiotics so you can resort to supplements, said Ms Batra.

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Zinc

Zinc is another nutrient that helps your immune system and metabolism function. An individual can either take Zinc supplements or inculcate in their diet through cashews, pumpkin seeds, chickpeas, among others.

Turmeric, The Golden Spice

Turmeric is known for its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin, the compound present in turmeric is a very potent agent that aids in clearing toxins and protecting the lungs.

Most people have it (turmeric) in the wrong way. If you are having haldi (turmeric), don’t have it in water, instead, boil it in the milk and have the popular turmeric milk. You can also take it with coconut oil and black pepper, said Ms Batra.

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Natural Anti-virus Foods

The holy plant Tulsi (Basil) holds detox properties. For boosting immunity and flushing out toxins, Ms Batra suggested a Tulsi drink which can simply be made by boiling three to four leaves in water.

You can also take three to four pieces of star anise (it’s a spice), give it two to three boils and have it warm, said Ms Batra.

Garlic, which has been used for thousands of years in the treatment of illness and disease, has anti-inflammatory effect and results in a stronger immune system. It’s known to combat sickness, cold and cough.

Take one garlic clove, mash it, and expose it to air for five minutes so that its compound called allicin which has potent medicinal properties gets activated and then have it, explained Ms Batra.

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World

24,50,12,529Cases
20,64,25,824Active
3,36,14,434Recovered
49,72,271Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,50,12,529 and 49,72,271 have died; 20,64,25,824 are active cases and 3,36,14,434 have recovered as on October 28, 2021 at 4:00 am.

India

3,42,31,809 16,156Cases
1,60,9891,672Active
3,36,14,434 17,095Recovered
4,56,386 733Deaths
In India, there are 3,42,31,809 confirmed cases including 4,56,386 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,60,989 and 3,36,14,434 have recovered as on October 28, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,06,536 1,485

23,096 3,500

64,43,342 4,947

1,40,098 38

Kerala

49,38,603 9,445

77,158 2,100

48,31,468 6,723

29,977 622

Karnataka

29,86,835 282

8,459 80

29,40,339 349

38,037 13

Tamil Nadu

26,98,493 1,075

12,288 252

26,50,145 1,315

36,060 12

Andhra Pradesh

20,64,854 567

4,777 122

20,45,713 437

14,364 8

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,114 13

100 6

16,87,115 7

22,899

West Bengal

15,89,042 976

7,973 124

15,61,973 837

19,096 15

Delhi

14,39,709 38

348 25

14,14,270 13

25,091

Odisha

10,39,818 549

4,392 213

10,27,108 334

8,318 2

Chhattisgarh

10,05,926 28

263 14

9,92,088 12

13,575 2

Rajasthan

9,54,411 4

20 0

9,45,437 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,481 17

173 2

8,16,220 15

10,088

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,804 20

108 9

7,82,172 10

10,524 1

Haryana

7,71,204 15

133 5

7,61,022 10

10,049

Bihar

7,26,073 5

41 1

7,16,371 4

9,661

Telangana

6,70,829 186

4,164 63

6,62,714 122

3,951 1

Assam

6,09,506 244

3,838 153

5,99,681 391

5,987 6

Punjab

6,02,289 38

246 20

5,85,487 16

16,556 2

Jharkhand

3,48,705 28

160 30

3,43,408 56

5,137 2

Uttarakhand

3,43,861 17

150 6

3,36,312 23

7,399

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,865 70

838 16

3,26,596 86

4,431

Himachal Pradesh

2,23,406 261

1,972 211

2,17,693 48

3,741 2

Goa

1,77,969 23

454 29

1,74,152 51

3,363 1

Puducherry

1,27,846 40

443 10

1,25,546 50

1,857

Manipur

1,23,473 70

844 29

1,20,712 97

1,917 2

Mizoram

1,19,496 547

7,320 446

1,11,752 991

424 2

Tripura

84,438 15

123 1

83,499 14

816

Meghalaya

83,466 51

507 22

81,511 71

1,448 2

Chandigarh

65,331 5

29 2

64,482 3

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,120 6

115 22

54,725 28

280

Sikkim

31,925 13

177 1

31,353 12

395

Nagaland

31,759 12

222 3

30,856 15

681

Ladakh

20,925 8

47 6

20,670 2

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,682 1

6 0

10,672 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,650 2

5 1

7,516 1

129

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  1. Akash

    April 19, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    I have gone through the article and it seems very useful in this tough time of pandemic. We all want to fight against it with full power.For this we must eat healthy diet so as to keep our body fit from inside out.if one is unable to plan and schedule a perfect diet plan in daily routine then one can take advice from dieticians. Being a resident of Panchkula i can help you find few best dieticians in Panchkula who offer their weight management and medical treatment services online. You can check it here http://www.panchkulahelp.com/best-dieticians-panchkula/

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