With corona virus Covid-19, we are much talking about staying as safe and healthy as possible. While washing your hands, keeping a safe distance from others etc may all be the steps to reduce the risk.

Incorporating specific foods into the diet may strengthen a person’s immune response & helps in fighting with viral infections.

1) Protein: Protein play important role of immunity booster. In every meal you must include right quality & quantity of protein. Nonveg protein in the form of boiled egg, chicken soup/ boiled or grilled chicken to get complete amino acids which boosts the immunity. If you are a vegetarian include rajmah , soyabean , black beans or dal.

2) Spices: Choose one immunity booster for every meal from your culinary cabinet. Include cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, cumin seeds, turmeric, ajwain etc

3) Vitamin C & A: Detoxify your liver with freshly prepared homemade detox drink. Include vitamin C & A rich fruits & veggies.

4) Omega 3 fatty acids: Include good immunity booster sources of omega -3 fatty acids, vitamins & antioxidants. Flax seeds, Sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, almonds, walnuts, pistachios. Fish like Mackeral, Salmon & Tunna.

5) Reduce Your Stress: Keep your stress level down as stress can certainly hurt your immune system & turn off the cells which boost your immunity. Do not panic try to minimize your stress by dhikr, yoga, meditation.etc .Do low & moderate intensity exercises which naturally lowers your stress hormone & helps to boost the immunity.

RD Shahenaz Shaikh
Clinical Nutritionist & Registered Dietician
Inamdar Multispeciality Hospital

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