There are certain foods that strengthen the immune system and, thereby, reduce the chances of getting Covid-19
The coronavirus, as we are seeing, is an infection that spreads very quickly between people. Beyond the basic guidelines recommended by the Government in order not to spread the pandemic and reduce the number of infected, there are things we can do from home to strengthen the immune system and, with this, reduce the chances of being infected with Covid-19.
In addition to not leaving the house other than what is essential and washing your hands often, you can avoid becoming infected with coronavirus if you eat intelligently and maintain certain habits, which have been indicated by the Melio a Vozpópuli medical team.
Foods you should eat to avoid contagion by coronavirus
In these weeks of quarantine, you must choose, especially foods high load of vitamins C and D.
According to the review published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, vitamin C has beneficial effects on the innate and adaptive immune system. It has been shown that being deficient in this vitamin can increase susceptibility to infections, as has been observed in individuals with different chronic pathologies, such as cancer.
The foods with high load on vitamin C are, for example, red peppers, parsley, broccoli, orange, grapes, strawberries, fennel, basil and papaya.
The vitamin D also plays a key role in these weeks as his deficiency increases the risk of respiratory infectious diseases. Vitamin D is one of the most important for the immune system and necessary for its functioning. To improve levels, it is recommended to increase, in a controlled way, sun exposure and eat foods rich in vitamin D such as salmon, sardines, eggs and mushrooms.
" Vitamin supplements should be consumed only when you are aware that there really is a deficit and thus avoid possible toxicity due to excess both vitamin D and C," say the experts.
Other habits that strengthen the immune system
In addition to our eating patterns, it is convenient to follow the following tips to strengthen the system, thus minimizing the risk of catching the virus:
1) Monitor blood glucose levels
You can have prediabetes without knowing it (high blood glucose levels) and that can lead to type II diabetes (chronic disease) if lifestyle habits are not improved. For diabetics, controlling blood glucose levels is essential to avoid hyperglycemia, since this implies a malfunction of the immune system and a greater capacity to contract infections.
2) No smoking
Smokers are at higher risk for respiratory diseases and not only that, but the ability to recover is much slower. The passive smoker is also exposed to these limitations.
3) Reduce stress
In these moments it is essential to control anxiety and stress that uncertainty produces. The effect of stress on health is one of the indicators that most influences the immune system and lifestyle. People who live under stress suffer more from viral infections, take longer to heal, and react worse to vaccines.
Many diseases follow a predictable development and certain symptoms are more likely to appear depending on whether it is day or night. In addition, the immune response can vary depending on when it is delivered. Defenses are generally strongest during natural rest time, at night. Therefore, it is essential to maintain an optimal rest schedule with the least possible alteration.
Statistics from the WHO (World Health Organization) show that there is a relationship between cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), chronic respiratory diseases or cancer, with the risk of infection by coronavirus, as well as with the ability of overcoming the disease. It is essential to take care of ourselves and strengthen our immune system to get out of Covid 19 with the least possible damage.
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