Boosting The Immune System Could Be A Treatment Strategy For COVID-19

Boosting The Immune System Could Be A Treatment Strategy For COVID-19

  • August 6, 2020

Since the beginning of this outbreak holistic practitioners and the health conscious around the globe have been encouraging people to make better lifestyle choices and boost their immune system , and to be honest they have been for decades. Now Washington University appears to be joining that cause and is suggesting that boosting the immune system could be a treatment strategy for COVID-19. 

“We think if we can make our immune systems stronger, we’ll be better able to fight off this coronavirus, as well as other viral and bacterial pathogens”

A large portion of research into this virus is focused on the immune system’s role in those who became seriously ill. One of the emerging theories suggests that the immune system works so hard at fighting off this virus that it can result in fatal organ damage, particularly in the lungs. 

Researchers from Washington University St.Louis are pointing to another theory that is getting overlooked which suggests that patients become ill because their immune system is not able to do enough to protect them from the virus, and as such the team is suggesting that boosting the immune system could be a potential treatment strategy. The team has also been investigating a similar approach with sepsis, according to a release. 

“People around the world have been treating patients seriously ill with COVID-19 using drugs that do very different things,” said Richard S. Hotchkiss, professor of anesthesiology, of medicine and of surgery. “Some drugs tamp down the immune response, while others enhance it. Everybody seems to be throwing the kitchen sink at the illness. It may be true that some people die from a hyperinflammatory response, but it appears more likely to us that if you block the immune system too much, you’re not going to be able to control the virus.”

Autopsy studies were used to show large amounts of the virus present in the organs of those who had lost their battle with the virus, which suggests that their immune system was not working well enough to fight the virus off leading to death. 

“But when we actually looked closely at these patients, we found that their tires, so to speak, were underinflated or immune-suppressed,” said Kenneth Remy, assistant professor of pediatrics, of medicine and of anesthesiology at WashU. “To go and poke holes in them with anti-inflammatory drugs because you think they are hyperinflated or hyperinflamed will only make the suppression and the disease worse.

Blood samples were gathered from 20 COVID-19 patients to test the activity of immune cells in the blood; the team compared those samples with blood of 26 hospitalized sepsis patients and 18 others who were very ill but did not have sepsis or COVID-19. Those with COVID-19 were found to have far fewer circulating immune cells than what is typical and the immune cells present did not secrete normal levels of cytokines. Cytokine molecules are suspected to be the cause of organ damage in death in COVID-19 patients. 

Similar trials and studies focused on boosting immunity are underway in Europe and America which includes Washington University. According to the team finding ways to boost immune responses should help COVID-19 patients, and should also be helpful in avoiding another similar pandemic. 

We should have been geared up and more ready when this pathogen appeared,” said Hotchkiss. “But what Ken [Remy] and I and our colleagues are working on now is finding ways to boost the immune system that may help people during future pandemics. We think if we can make our immune systems stronger, we’ll be better able to fight off this coronavirus, as well as other viral and bacterial pathogens that may be unleashed in the future.

For anyone interested in boosting your immune system, while it is not guaranteed to prevent you from becoming ill, it could help to give you a better chance of recovery. According to Harvard Health the first line of defense when it comes to the immune system is choosing a health lifestyle. Every part of the body functions better when it is protected from environmental assaults and is bolstered by healthy living strategies, such as what is promoted by here at WHN and the A4M.

Healthy lifestyle choices include:

  • Not smoking
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Keep levels of stress in check/minimized 
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Avoiding being sedentary
  • Going outside more
  • Eating a healthy balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables
  • Avoiding processed foods
  • Regular exercise
  • Avoiding alcohol, and if you drink only do it in moderation
  • Being socially active face to face in person when possible
  • Proper hygiene
  • Thoroughly cooking meats
  • Limiting added sugars
  • Staying hydrated
  • Supplementing wisely as needed 

Sandra Darling, DO who is a preventive medicine physician and wellness expert at the Cleveland Clinic says that while there is no magic pill, there are tried and true ways to take your immunity up a notch: 

“Let’s start with the basics: Wash your hands for 20 seconds, don’t touch your face and take distancing seriously,” says Dr. Darling. “If you only do these three things, you’ll be well on your way to staying healthy.”

Dr. Darling prescribes 4 stay healthy strategies. “I believe in the power of immune-boosting foods,” says Dr. Darling. “Choosing whole, unprocessed foods does wonders for overall health.” She recommends garlic, prebiotics, vitamin C rich foods, antioxidants and natural immunity aids as immunity boosters in the focus on food. 

She also recommends simple lifestyle improvements like managing stress, getting enough sleep, meditation, and exercise. “Exercise increases your resilience so you can fight off infection,” says Dr. Darling. “Our bodies function better when we’re physically active every day.”

Like many others Dr. Darling also suggests that a positive mindset is key to health and well being. Positive thoughts have been shown to reduce stress and inflammation while increasing resilience to infection. “The COVID-19 pandemic is scary, so it’s easy to spiral down in negative thoughts,” says Dr. Darling. “The story we tell ourselves is crucial. Change it from ‘It’s not going to be OK’ to ‘I am safe at home with the people I love.’ Start your day with a positive thought or even a mantra such as, ‘I am well.’

“A lot of people are deficient (or low) in vitamin D, and a deficiency may increase your susceptibility to infection,” says Dr. Darling. “Get outside for fresh air and sunshine, but I also recommend taking a daily supplement of 1,000 to 2,000 IUs of vitamin D.

According to healthline some studies indicate the following supplements may help to strengthen the body’s general immune response: vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc, elderberry, echinacea, and garlic. 

  • According to a review in over 11,000 people, taking 1,000–2,000 mg of vitamin C per day reduced the duration of colds by 8% in adults and 14% in children. Yet, supplementing did not prevent the cold to begin with.
  • Vitamin D deficiency may increase your chances of getting sick, so supplementing may counteract this effect.
  • In a review in 575 people with the common cold, supplementing with more than 75 mg of zinc per day reduced the duration of the cold by 33%.
  • One small review found that elderberries could reduce the symptoms of viral upper respiratory infections, but more research is needed.
  • A study in over 700 people found that those who took echinacea recovered from colds slightly more quickly than those who received a placebo or no treatment.
  • A high quality, 12-week study in 146 people found that supplementing with garlic reduced the incidence of the common cold by about 30%. However, more research is needed. 
5 Lifestyle Measures That Are Essential For A Strong Immunity

5 Lifestyle Measures That Are Essential For A Strong Immunity

  • August 5, 2020

Immunity: From being regular at exercise to eating a healthy diet and taking less stress, here lifestyle factors that are an absolute essential for your immunity.


5 Lifestyle Measures That Are Essential For A Strong Immunity

Regular exercise can ensure a strong immunity

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  1. Eat a healthy diet including all food groups
  2. Keep your stress under control
  3. Be regular at exercise for a strong immune function

A strong immune system is supposed to defend your body against illness and diseases. And ever since the outbreak of coronavirus, the importance of taking care of your immunity and further strengthening your immune function has been stressed more than ever. Eating right and exercising regularly are definitely the winning points. But, there are other factors like stress and alcohol intake, which can affect your immunity. In this article, we are going to talk about natural ways to take care of your immunity and how you can ensure that your immune system works well.

Natural ways to take care of your immunity

1. Eat healthy

Your diet is the strongest determining factor of how well your immune system works. The nutrients that you get from eating fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, nuts and seeds, can provide you with fats, proteins, carbs, fibre, vitamins and minerals that can help in enabling your immune system to work properly.

Also read: Switch Your Regular Tea With Ashwagandha Tea For Better Immunity, Improved Mental Health And Much More

2. Keep stress under control

Stress increases production of cortisol, the stress hormone which can interfere with the functioning of your immune system and weakens its ability to fight viruses and bacteria. Stress can also affect your sleep and make you sleep deprived, which further worsens your immunity.

3. Be regular at exercise

Being regular at exercise not only ensure that you’re fit and your weight is optimum, it also helps in keeping you protected from diseases like obesity and type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, exercise boosts production of endorphins or happiness hormones, which can reduce painand also help in curbing down stress.

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Regular exercise can help you have a strong immunity

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Also read: Strengthen Your Push-Ups With These 6 Body Weight Exercises

4. Practice moderation when drinking alcohol

The ideal thing to do is quit alcohol entirely, or reduce its consumption to occasions only. Regular intake of alcohol is associated with a number of negative effects on healthy, including low immunity. Alcohol can reduce your body’s ability to fight infections and also slows down recovery.

5. Quit smoking

Smoking is toxic for your health. Cigarette smoke releases toxins like carbon monoxide, cadmium, nicotine and nitrogen oxides. These toxins can interfere growth and functioning of immune cells like T cells, B cells and cytokines.

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Building immunity with natural and ayurvedic herbs

The year of building health and immunity – lifestyle

  • July 31, 2020

A strong immune system could be the perfect solution to tackle COVID-19. Building the body’s defence through food and herbal concoctions became a top priority for most people during the ongoing pandemic.

From giloy juice and tulsi drops to turmeric milk, Indians have been flocking stores to buy honey, herbal teas, Amla based products, touted to improve immunity to fight diseases. Corona year has probably made each one of us more conscious than ever to take care of our health. And the onus has been majorly on the factors responsible to boost immunity.

Hamid Ahmed, CEO, Hamdard Laboratories- Food Division

Hamid Ahmed, CEO, Hamdard Laboratories- Food Division

Hamid Ahmed, CEO, Hamdard Laboratories- Food Division, says, “It’s very important to keep your immunity high during such times. Taking steam to keep viruses away is essential. Giloy, neem and amla juice work beautifully with warm water and should be taken regularly. Also, homemade kadhas and multivitamins help in building immunity. Consumption of vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables should be encouraged to boost the immune system.”

Dimple Jangda, founder, Prana Ayurveda says, “The COVID-19 virus attacks the throat and the lungs. In Ayurveda, Kaphadosha, made of earth and water, is

dominant in the nose, throat, and chest region. When kapha is imbalanced, it leads to accumulation of thick fluids like mucus, a breeding ground for allergies, viruses, bronchial diseases.”

Hamid Ahmad suggests a set exercise regimen to fight off any viruses present in the air. He adds, “A simple walk or a jog would increase lung capacity which is essential to fight Covid-19.”

Dimple adds,”Kapha is heavy, dense, moist, sweet, sour, and salty in quality, and to balance this we must incorporate bitter, astringent, and pungent tastes in our diet. Cold-pressed juices allow your body to heal and
you will have more energy and less cravings thus building the balance that the body needs.”

The better your body’s immune system is, the better are your chances of successfully fighting off an infection like the novel coronavirus.

Pavleen Gujral

Pavleen Gujral

Pavleen Gujral, actor and nutritionist, says, “You can easily give your immunity a boost with ready-to-use immunity-booster products such as tulsi drops, amla juice, giloy-neem, and ashwagandha. They would help in the long-run. Also, one of my personal favourites to boost immunity is turmeric latte.” This beverage is a nutritional powerhouse. It is a cup full of antioxidant-rich spices that also happen to have anti-inflammatory properties. Have one glass of this at night before sleeping and you can considerably reduce the odds of getting sick.

Even Dimple echoes that tulsi, giloy, amla, neem, ashwagandha, turmeric, ginger and other herbs are antioxidants, have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-allergic, antiviral properties that help in strengthening bronchial health, reducing Kapha imbalance, and boosting immunity against most viruses. She adds, “This is the era of building immunity, and boosting it is the best prevention against all kinds of disorders and viruses.”

Bank on us to give you a list of vitamins and foods which you can inculcate in your diet to have a strong immune system and in turn, fight the infectious disease.

Ashwagandha

Improves antibody production that plays an essential role in fighting bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens

Increases nitric oxide production, which activates macrophage actions of the immune system and improves the ability to ingest invader cells

Promotes anti-inflammatory effects, thus help lower inflammation by reducing the number of C-reactive proteins in the body

Tulsi

It acts as an immunomodulator, which refers to agents that improve the functioning of the immune system

Helps to restore balance for healthy physiological and psychological functioning

Contains unique antioxidants and micronutrients that may provide powerful immune protection from free radical damage and increase the body’s capacity to fight against disease and infections.

Giloy

An antipyretic in nature, giloy can prevent the onset of recurrent fever

Strengthens immunity and is a source of biologically active compounds like alkaloids and lactones

Helps to reduce respiratory problems like frequent cough, cold, tonsils due

and tackle respiratory and breathing problems.

Helps to fight off free radicals and disease-causing germs

Amla is rich in Vitamin C

Amla is rich in Vitamin C

Amla

Rich in Vitamin C – a nutrient known to help boost immunity

Helps to repair the body, and keep the risk of diseases away

Boosts the production of white blood cells (WBC) in the body that help in fighting

several infections and disease

Turmeric latte

Turmeric latte

Turmeric

Curcumin present in turmeric has powerful antioxidant properties

Neutralises free radicals and stimulates the body’s antioxidant enzyme to avoid further damage

Curcumin inhibits inflammation, relieves congestion and pain and thus improves your breathing

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Lower stress, boost immune function with the experts at Dreamclinic Massage

  • July 29, 2020

2020 has been a year for the history books. After everything that’s happened, stress reduction is critical, whether you’re an essential worker pulling crazy hours to help others or dealing with worry about the future.

The award-winning team of massage therapists and acupuncturists at Dreamclinic knows the importance of including self-care in your regular routine, especially now when so much is uncertain and it takes extra effort to stay positive and resilient. Not only does massage provide relaxation, but it also boosts your immune system.

At Dreamclinic, the medically informed and highly skilled practitioners tailor each session to your individual needs, whether you want to treat specific areas of muscle tension or de-stress with a full-body massage. Dreamclinic offers popular bodywork services ranging from Deep Tissue and Swedish Massage to Pregnancy and Thai Massage and also Acupuncture.

You can also use your insurance to pay if you have a medical need for massage or acupuncture. For example, whiplash from a car accident can trouble you for years but can be effectively treated with massage therapy even years later.

In today’s times, safety is important! Dreamclinic is committed to providing the safest possible experience and takes many safety measures so that you do not have to worry about COVID-19. When you visit Dreamclinic, the therapists wear personal protective equipment, wash their hands and change all linens before and after each session. Air purifiers keep the air around you fresh and crisp, and sanitization and health screening procedures maintain a safe environment for everyone.

Everyone deserves health and well-being, and that includes you!

Dreamclinic is now offering a deal for Seattle Refined viewers. Mention Promo code “REFINED” when you book your first appointment at Dreamclinic to get $20 off your session.

If you’d like to learn more about the services Dreamclinic offers, visit their website or find a location near you. You can also watch the video on the Dreamclinic homepage to see the precautions the staff is taking to keep you safe from COVID-19.

COVID-19 drives healthy eating behaviors in Asia, reveals Innova Market Insights

COVID-19 drives healthy eating behaviors in Asia, reveals Innova Market Insights

  • July 24, 2020


24 Jul 2020 — COVID-19 is driving growth in fresh fruits and vegetables, juices and nectars in China, India and Indonesia, according to a March consumer survey conducted by Innova Market Insights. Personal health, as well as the health of family and friends, are the top concerns across all three countries, reveals the market researcher. This has led to changes in consumer behavior, which could have a major industry impact.

Notably, health considerations are playing a larger part in purchasing decisions as many consumers seek to eat more nutritious foods. In a bid to maintain a well-functioning immune system, people are also turning toward a range of products with purported beneficial properties. This includes turmeric in India, chrysanthemum and cordyceps flower in China, and royal jelly, ginger and mint in Indonesia. 

Earlier this month, it was also revealed that French and Italian consumers are also prioritizing health, while pursuing a healthy lifestyle was underscored yesterday as one of the key trends in the South Korean market by the Samyang Corporation

Innova Market Insights further details that familiarity, comfort and improving mood are also seen as increasingly important factors for food and beverage choices in these parts of Asia during the crisis. Health, shelf-life and cost are taking on a greater significance with regard to purchasing decisions, while factors such as flavor and indulgence appear to be declining in importance. 

The main changes in attitude and behavior in India and China included more cooking and preparing homemade food, more healthy eating and more consumption of products to boost immune health. In addition to growth in fruit and vegetable products, consumers reported reduced purchasing of less healthy, indulgent and highly processed options, such as ice cream, pizza and cakes and pastries.

Another notable shift in behavior is the growth of online grocery shopping as consumers faced restricted movement and limited access to physical stores. In China specifically, the rise in grocery apps encompasses developments in supermarkets, dedicated grocery apps and food delivery platforms.

Foodservice has also seen a major impact, with many restaurants adapting to offer home delivery. However, many consumers are also willing to order online but go out and physically pick up their takeout meals. In China, 37 percent of consumers claimed to be ordering more restaurant or café food online, while 34 percent were picking up takeout food and meals more often.  

Click to Enlarge37 percent of Chinese consumers are ordering more food online, rather than eating in restaurants. Examining the drivers behind the shifts
The changes in purchasing behavior are being driven by newfound concerns among consumers, as well as changes in lifestyle. Consumers in China, India and Indonesia have a high level of concern about COVID-19’s impact on both their own lives and on a global scale. In general, personal concerns center on health, personal income and the availability of healthcare and products to buy.

Although all countries are most concerned about the health of oneself and loved ones, Indian consumers are the most concerned in general. Notably, 78 percent of Indian consumers say that they are concerned about their own, family’s or friends’ health compared to 58 percent in China and 52 percent in Indonesia. 

Economic uncertainty
Impact on personal income and finances is in second place, while economic uncertainty in general is a top concern about a global issue. Financial or economic uncertainty came first in China and Indonesia, with 55 percent and 68 percent of respondents, respectively, saying that they were very concerned. However, Indians rank healthcare highest, with 79 percent of respondents being very concerned. Additionally, consumers in all three countries were also concerned about the impact on food and job security.

Other possible drivers to changing purchasing decisions include new lifestyles. More consumers are working from home. Innova Market Insights notes that people are also spending more time on social media and online entertainment, as well as exercising within the home. With people leaving their homes less, they are no longer visiting bars and restaurants, traveling for business and pleasure, or using public transport. 

Yesterday, Samyang Corporation revealed that pursuing a healthy lifestyle is a key trend among South Koreans. Meanwhile, Innova Market Insights pegged “Product Design for an Online Market” as its 2020 Top Trend for the country as manufacturers are pushed to design new products for online sales and delivery.

Meanwhile, consumers on other continents are also experiencing a shift in behavior, with EHL Ingredients noting that international flavors are becoming popular as consumers travel with their taste buds. Similarly, Kerry has seen a rise in “geo-based taste desires.”

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Increased Health Consciousness As A Result Of The Coronavirus Is Fueling Demand For Immunity Boosting Food Products

Increased Health Consciousness As A Result Of The Coronavirus Is Fueling Demand For Immunity Boosting Food Products – Press Release

  • July 22, 2020
Increased Health Consciousness As A Result Of The Coronavirus Is Fueling Demand For Immunity Boosting Food Products

“Immunity Boosting Food Products Market Global Report 2020-30: Covid 19 Implications And Growth”

The Business Research Company’s Immunity Boosting Food Products Market Global Report 2020-30: Covid 19 Implications And Growth, Segments Covered: 1) By Product Type: Herbs & Spices, Nuts & Seeds, Fruits & Vegetables, Dairy-Based Products, Probiotics And Prebiotics, Others 2) By Form: Tablets, Capsules, Powder, Liquid, Others 3) By Distribution Channel: Store-Based, Non-Store-Based

The global immunity boosting food products market size is expected to grow from $16.31 billion in 2019 to $22.76 billion in 2020 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 39.6%. The exponential growth is mainly due to the outbreak of COVID-19 that raised awareness about boosting immunity in the human body, to protect from being infected by the virus. The market is then expected to reach $24.02 billion in 2023 at a CAGR of 1.81%.

The increasing consciousness about health and fitness to live a healthier lifestyle will drive the immunity-boosting food products market. According to the Global Wellness Institute, in 2018, the global wellness market was valued at $4.5 trillion. According to the IHRSA (International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association), the health and fitness industry in the U.S. was valued at $30 billion in 2018. It has been growing by at least 3-4% annually for the last ten years. Also, the World Health Organization has declared the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) as a pandemic. A strong immune system is a key factor in the treatment of COVID 19 patients. This has resulted in an increase in the demand for immunity boosting products, thereby driving the immunity-boosting food products market growth.

According to immunity boosting food products market trends, instant immunity booster products are increasingly being used to boost immune function, which is used when under stress in the modern world. For instance, in January 2020, ZAND, the natural lozenge brand in health food stores known for herbal-based immune support, launched the first rapid immunity product, Immune Fast. This breakthrough new supplement delivers clinically approved immune support whenever and wherever- at work, the airport, school, large gatherings, etc. Thus, it is used on the spot to boost the immune system within two hours.

The high cost of raw materials and lack of awareness among people about the benefits of immunity-boosting products is hampering the growth of the immunity booster food products market. Nutrition care, which is an essential element of preventive health care, is simultaneously experiencing a major evolution in highly populous countries like India. There is a lack of awareness about immunity boosting food products in the swiftly growing middle-class population. On the other hand, the high cost of raw materials used in the manufacturing of immunity-boosting food products has a great impact on the price of the final product, which may render them a practical option only for the urban and rich population, thereby limiting the market growth.

The immunity boosting food products global market report is segmented by product type into herbs & spices, nuts & seeds, fruits & vegetables, dairy-based products, probiotics and prebiotics, and others. By form, the market is segmented into tablets, capsules, powder, liquid, and others. By distribution channel, it is segmented into store-based, and non-store-based.

Major players in the immunity boosting food products market are Danone SA, Nestle S.A., Blue Diamond Growers, Diamond Foods, LLC., Dole Food Company, Inc., Pinnacle Foods Corp., Olam International, Hines Nut Company, Fonterra Group Cooperative Limited, and Associated British Foods PLC.

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Confused about immunity boosters? Here's a quick lowdown, Lifestyle News

Confused about immunity boosters? Here’s a quick lowdown, Lifestyle News

  • July 22, 2020

”Eat more fruits, drink this tea and take this pill to boost immunity” is the mantra many of our mums live by. You’ve probably heard it whispered, nagged and repeated over and over to you. Fruits, supplements and even Chinese medicine are all considered immune boosters.

But why are people obsessed with immune levels? Well, for starters, having a healthy immune system reduces your susceptibility to common viruses and infections.

But before we go into whether immunity boosters are worth the hype, we should know how our immune system actually works.

Our innate immunity (from birth) adapts to and learns of the various viruses and bacteria that can harm us as we grow. This then transforms into something called adaptive immunity.  

Your immune system is your body’s natural defence against antigens (foreign substances), which cause bacterial and viral infections. White blood cells play a big role in the system, and they are responsible for sensing, remembering and attacking these antigens. 

How an immune booster works to enhance your immune system

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There is no scientific evidence on how an over-the-counter immune booster increases white blood cell growth.

However, immune boosters are recommended for those who are more susceptible to the common flu and bacterial infections, simply because they contain vitamins and nutrients that boost your overall health.

Vitamin C and D are supplements that positively impact your system when taken in appropriate amounts.

The latter is an effective way to decrease inflammation over time, this enhances the response of your immune system. However, there are also other factors, like lifestyle choices and chronic illnesses, that affect your immune system.

How long you need to take these supplements to see results

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There is no miracle pill and for the vitamins to do their job, you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Ensure that you keep your body moving and take junk food in moderation. You can’t expect the supplements to work if you pair them with a daily routine of bubble tea or fast food.

In a Vitamin C medical research trial by Harvard Medical School, athletes and army troops that engaged in heavy exercise in extreme conditions appeared to have their risk of getting a cold cut in half. They took 200 mg of Vitamin C everyday.

However, those who belonged to the general population (with sedentary lifestyles), the supplement did not improve their immunity against the common cold.

We’re not asking you to turn vegan or go on an extreme diet, but going on a diet of processed foods is in fact, harmful to your immune system.

Consuming only one type of food, or worse, mainly processed foods will result in an unbalanced diet. Well-rounded diets are often recommended by nutritionists as they boost different aspects of your health.

Which type you should take

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Whole foods cannot be substituted for supplements. That’s because they provide additional nutrients such as fibre and micronutrients. Supplements, on the other hand, provide a small dosage of concentrated vitamins or minerals.

If you’re someone who regularly consumes natural proteins, fruits and vegetables, you’ll likely not need supplements to boost your immune system.

This article was first published in Her World Online.

Lifestyle changes for building immunity in winters

Lifestyle changes for building immunity in winters

  • July 22, 2020

immunity in winter

Winters are here and this can be a challenging time of year for our immunity. The combination of colder temperatures, not to mention the bouts of showers, and dry heat leads to a surplus of illnesses. Increased stress during these tough COVID times can take a toll on your immune system and your emotional health.

Thus, it is important to eat foods that boost immunity and prevent us from contracting cold and flu and seasonal changes and infections, etc. in order to keep us safe during the pandemic.

Sheryl Salis, Registered Dietician, and Certified Diabetes Educator shares five easy steps towards eating healthy along with consuming proper nutrition, so you can enjoy the winters while keeping up with your fitness goals:

Make Healthier choices

Sip on warm Moringa Green Teas and Green Coffees

green coffee

Nothing beats the feeling of drinking our favourite hot beverages during the winters. You can switch to healthier alternatives like superfood Moringa Green Tea which is a nutrition powerhouse, filled with minerals and vitamins like vitamin C. Superfoods like Moringa are infused with antioxidant properties that boost immunity as well as help regulate the metabolism. With numerous flavours available like honey, lemon, lemon grass and mint, it can bring relief from cold and phlegm which is a common occurrence during monsoons.

While moringa green tea satiates the tea enthusiasts, coffee lovers can try out the healthier Green coffee which is a health booster and high in antioxidants. The unroasted cousin of coffee, the healthier version is loaded with immunity boosting properties and therefore has three times the antioxidant potential which is otherwise lost during the roasting process. It not only makes for a really healthy alternative but also tastes great.

Don’t forget your dose of proteins

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For the best of immunity during this season, it is vital to consume a good quantity and quality of protein in our diet. A quarter of your meal should always include the right protein. Nowadays, instant-ready High Protein soups infused with superfoods like quinoa, amaranth and turmeric are available which are really nutritious and have up to 4x protein content v/s regular soups. It is a convenient and nourishing option to keep you warm and active while cleansing your body of bacteria and waste products. One of the best things about soups is that when you are hungry in the evenings, this plays out as a very good evening snack. For people out in cold for longer period, it helps achieve instant relief since its warm base clears up phlegm in the nasal cavities and general throat area.

Besides soups you can also include seasonal delicacies like corn which can be turned into spicy and tangy grilled corn for light snacking along with steamed muthiyas, boiled groundnuts, and warm salads that are super healthy and provide instant respite to our evening snack cravings.

Consume select fruit, veggies and cooked foods

fruits and veggies

As our metabolism goes low to conserve heat and energy in winters, digestion is not smooth, and hence, one should eat in moderation and eat only when hungry. Practice thorough washing of fruit and vegetables, particularly leafy vegetables and cauliflower with salt or baking soda. One can also opt for non-leafy vegetables such as snake gourd (parwal), bottle gourd (dudhi), apple gourd (tinda), bitter gourd (karela), cluster beans, French beans, etc. in their diet. However, avoid uncooked food, raw salads and sprouts. Steam those veggies and sprouts well before consuming them to avoid contracting any kind of illnesses. Seasonal fruit like bananas, apples, grapefruit, lime, mandarins, and pears should be eaten as the non-seasonal ones may be infested.

Maintain water levels

drinking water

Weight gain in winter months may happen due to not drinking water. Unpleasant cold water and diminished thirst prevent us from drinking it. Low water consumption not only causes weight gain but also results in fatigue. Maintain your hydration and proper flushing out of the toxins by drinking adequate amounts of boiled and filtered water within 24 hours.

Revisit those ‘Dadi  ke nuskhe’ winter home remedies

kadha for immunity

Every household has their own version of home remedies to cure common cold, indigestion, etc. that are passed down from generation to generation. Home remedies like ‘kadhas‘ and other traditional tonics can be consumed regularly to always stay on your A-game. Concoctions prepared out of ingredients like virgin coconut oil (10 ml), garlic (2-3 freshly chopped cloves), fennel (2-3 teaspoons), ginger (1-2 inch), cloves (3 -4), cumin seeds (2-3 teaspoons), and turmeric (4 pinches) can be consumed frequently since they are anti-viral in nature that helps in boosting our body’s immune system functioning.

5 lifestyle changes towards building immunity

5 lifestyle changes towards building immunity

  • July 21, 2020

New Delhi, Jul 21 (IANSlife): The monsoon is here. As much as we enjoy the rain, it is also the time when the humidity levels in the atmosphere are their highest, resulting in poor digestion and reduced immunity. This makes us more vulnerable to diseases during the season.

Thus, it is important to eat foods which boost immunity and prevent us from contracting water borne diseases such as indigestion, diarrhoea, jaundice, etc. in order to keep us safe during this lockdown.

Sheryl Salis, Registered Dietician, and Certified Diabetes Educator shares five easy steps towards eating healthy along with consuming proper nutrition, so you can enjoy the monsoon while keeping up with your fitness goals:

Make Healthier choices

Sip on warm Moringa Green Teas and Green Coffees

Nothing beats the feeling of drinking our favourite hot beverages during the monsoon. You can switch to healthier alternatives like superfood Moringa Green Tea which is a nutrition powerhouse, filled with minerals and vitamins like vitamin C. Superfoods like Moringa are infused with antioxidant properties that boost immunity as well as help regulate the metabolism. With numerous flavours available like honey, lemon, lemon grass and mint, it can bring relief from cold and phlegm which is a common occurrence during the monsoon.

While moringa green tea satiates the tea enthusiasts, coffee lovers can try out the healthier Green coffee which is a health booster and high in antioxidants. The unroasted cousin of coffee, the healthier version is loaded with immunity boosting properties and therefore has three times the antioxidant potential which is otherwise lost during the roasting process. It not only makes for a really healthy alternative but also tastes great.

Don’t forget your dose of proteins

For the best of immunity during this season, it is vital to consume a good quantity and quality of protein in our diet. A quarter of your meal should always include the right protein. Nowadays, instant-ready High Protein soups infused with superfoods like quinoa, amaranth and turmeric are available which are really nutritious and have up to 4x protein content v/s regular soups. It is a convenient and nourishing option to keep you warm and active while cleansing your body of bacteria and waste products. One of the best things about soups is that when you are hungry in the evenings, this plays out as a very good evening snack. For people also soaked in rain water, it helps achieve instant relief since its warm base clears up phlegm in the nasal cavities and general throat area.

Besides soups you can also include seasonal delicacies like bhutta which can be turned into spicy and tangy grilled corn for light snacking along with steamed muthiyas, boiled groundnuts and warm salads that are super healthy and provide instant respite to our monsoon snack cravings.

Consume select fruit, veggies and cooked foods

As our bodies find it harder to digest food during the monsoon, one should eat in moderation and eat only when hungry. Practice thorough washing of fruit and vegetables, particularly leafy vegetables and cauliflower with salt or baking soda. One can also opt for non-leafy vegetables such as snake gourd (pawal), bottle gourd (dudhi), apple gourd (tinda), bitter gourd (karela), cluster beans, French beans, etc. in their diet. However, avoid uncooked food, raw salads and sprouts. Steam those veggies and sprouts well before consuming them to avoid contracting water borne illnesses. Seasonal fruit like mangoes, bananas, apples, litchis, cherries and pomegranates should be eaten as the non-seasonal ones may be infested with disease inducing worms.

Maintain your salt and water levels

Salt is one of the ingredients that complete our food along with adding a dash of edge to our fancy dishes, but excess of it causes water retention and bloating in the body especially in monsoon. Thus, avoid excess salt in your diet while also going slow on pickles, papads, chutneys, especially packaged and canned foods. Maintain your hydration and proper flushing out of the toxins by drinking adequate amounts of boiled and filtered water within 24 hours.

Revisit those ‘Dadi ke nuskhe’ monsoon home remedies

Every household has their own version of home remedies to cure common cold, indigestion, etc. that are passed down from generation to generation. Home remedies like ‘kadhas’ and other traditional tonics can be consumed regularly to always stay on your A-game. Concoctions prepared out of ingredients like virgin coconut oil (10 ml), garlic (2-3 freshly chopped cloves), fennel (2-3 teaspoons), ginger (1-2 inch), cloves (3 -4), cumin seeds (2-3 teaspoons), and turmeric (4 pinches) can be consumed frequently since they are anti-viral in nature that help in boosting our body’s immune system functioning.

 

With monsoon comes the risk of catching infections, and we are already in the midst of a pandemic.

Monsoon immunity booster: Rev up healthy living with these tips – more lifestyle

  • July 19, 2020

Monsoon is known to increase the spread of bacteria, and the pandemic due to coronavirus is already making things harder. Therefore there wouldn’t be a more important time, than now, to work on your immune system. So here are a few tips to ensure that your immune system is geared to take the onslaught of the rainy season during Covid-19 pandemic.

Homemade kadha: Never would your dadi’s kadha have been more relevant than today! An ayurvedic drink made with herbs and spices, a kadha helps in boosting the immunity. Chef Anahita Dhondy vouches for a kadha recipe that has helped a Covid survivor, when consumed twice a day. “It contains black cardamom, turmeric, cloves, black peppercorns, tulsi, cinnamon, ginger, and honey or jaggery. All of these are known to be effective immunity boosters and are also anti-inflammatory,” she says in a video.

 

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Sharing a family recipe or well an Indian recipe of a home remedy for cough, colds and flu! This one is by @arshitabkapoor a Covid survivor and warrior and this is what she has to say “This kadha is really a life savour. Helped me get through covid, and also build immunity. Drink this twice a day, precautionary and you will surely feel stronger! I like my kadha to be tasty also, so I always added extra cinnamon and gur!” So while it’s got all these spices which are anti inflammatory, what really caught my eye was the addition of black pepper. Did you know? While black pepper may seem like an odd addition to the mix, its presence plays a substantial role. The addition of black pepper with turmeric increases the absorption of turmeric by 2000 percent when used in a 1:10 ratio of pepper to turmeric. Pretty amazing, right? Black pepper aids in combating respiratory conditions and rejuvenating the lungs. So with the monsoons upon us, and the situation with Covid, this drink can be made and had an home. It’s soothing and delicious and well most importantly really good for you. Have it hot or warm, twice a day! Fresh turmeric and basil from @krishicress Hope you enjoy this easy recipe from our home, #TogetherAtHome we’ll keep cooking (and drinking) everyday! #HappyCooking #Happydrinking #stayhome #staysafe #quarantinecooking #kadha #ayurvedic #ayurvedicdrink #immunitybooster #homeremedies #homecooking #chefanahita #chefathome #easypeasy #stepbystep #recipevideo #homerecipe #cookingwithchefanahita #eatwell #homemade #stayhomestaysafe

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Keep allergies at bay: “Warm oil massages with sesame oil or mahanarayan oil before bath are helpful in avoiding allergies during this season,” suggests Delhi-based Ayurveda consultant Dr Tarun Gupta. He recommends staying hydrated through the day by sipping boiled water with dried ginger, and adds, “Nasal drops of mustard oil are also proven to counter all infections.”

Binge on citrus fruits: Fruits are the gateway to better immunity as they are a powerhouse of fibre and nutrients such as vitamin C. “Apples, guava, amla, orange, berries and pomegranates – add any or all to your diet for more energy and vitamins,” adds Dr Gupta.

Homemade cough lozenges: To avoid having an itchy throat, make medicinal tablets at home. Some of the easiest recipes use powdered cloves, lime juice, ginger and amla. Boil these and honey or sugar after switching off the burner. Then pour drops of the liquid in a pan so as to make tablets.

A cuppa a day: “To make your daily beverage an immunity booster, simply add a spoonful of turmeric to tea. This root spice has antioxidant properties while being antibacterial and antifungal in nature. Infusions made with tulsi, black pepper, ginger and amla are great for bolstering immunity,” says Tanuja Sodhi, a Mumbai-based wellness expert.

Ghar ki Khichdi: “During monsoon, prefer eating fresh home cooked food to avoid any infections. Consuming light and fresh foods prepared from barley, rice, or moong dal and having a small piece of ginger with rock salt before every meal are some quick and effective ways to boost your immunity naturally without much effort,” says Akanksha Mishra, a Delhi-based food and nutritionist.

Two word mantra – sleep and exercise: “You need to sleep for 7-8 hours a day because a good sleep is therapeutic and helps the body recover from the day’s exhaustion,” adds Sodhi. She also suggests moderate exercises to keep stress at bay.

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