To date Coronavirus COVID-19 have affected 163 countries and every day new cases of COVID-19 are reported. Almost every single one of us is occupied by the terror of coronavirus pandemic that’s why it is important for every one to take the precautionary steps suggested by WHO and CDC , which are covered here along with good health advice for preparing our bodies to fight any infection.
What is Coronavirus:
The recent Coronavirus which is named COVID-19 belongs to a large family of coronaviruses commonly found in animals, may infect animals and humans. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are two of the severe kind of diseases caused by this family of viruses while other may cause common cold and respiratory infections. Coronovirus disease which is named as COVID-19 is the most recent form of the infection caused by coronavirus. In COVID-19 “CO” stands for Corona “VI” is for Virus “D” is for disease and “19” is for the it is discovered in 2019.
How coronavirus disease COVID-19 spreads:
Coronavirus disease does not spread through air but rather through direct contact form respiratory droplets of the infected person. You will more likely to catch it from the people who already are infected with COVID-19. Stay away at-least 1 to 2 meters away from the person who coughs sneaks and exhales or showing any symptoms of flu because it spreads when anyone with COVID-19 coughs or exhales and you touch the objects around him on which his respiratory droplets have landed. You are most likely to catch COVID-19, if a person infected with COVID-19 coughs out or exhales droplets and you happen to breathe in the droplets.
Who is at Risk of Coronavirus Severe illness:
People aged more then 60 are most susceptible to severe illness from COVID-19 exposure, It may be due to weak immunity system, having a strong immunity system may help in fighting against severe illness caused by COVID-19.
Children and healthy and young adults rarely develop any serious illness, that may be due to their strong immunity system.
People with medical conditions like diabeties, heart disease, high blood pressure and lung disease might be at high risk of facing severe illness if infected with COVID-19.
How to Strengthen Our Immunity System:
Having a strong immune system is the key to fight against most of the infectious diseases and the studies and statistics so far somehow suggests that people with strong immune system are less susceptible to develop severe illness from COVID-19.
Fortunately there are foods which are proven to help in building and strengthening our immune system naturally.
Garlic was the must have item for fighting infections in early civilizations. Allicin a compound found garlic is known for boosting immunity system. According to a study (reference) conducted on the popularity of the use of garlic for different disease treatments in previous civilizations, it is now clear that Garlic does posses antiviral, anti-microbial, anti-protozoal, anti-tumor and anti-fungal properties.
Beside the above properties, garlic is also known for helping in preventing cardiovascular disease, diabetes and common cold. It is also reported that Garlic extract is proven effective in boosting immune system and reducing insulin resistance(reference).
To get all the health benefits of garlic specially for strengthening immune system consume at-least 2 crushed garlic cloves daily.
Vitamin C is well known for building immunity system and that’s why citrus fruits are consumed for treating and preventing cold. Study suggests that high susceptibility to infections and impaired immunity may be a direct result of Vitamin C deficiency (reference). Vitamin C supplementation is known to prevent and treat systemic and respiratory infections. Human body cannot store Vitamin C that is why we have to consume enough Vitamin C to meet the daily requirement. In order to meet the daily requirement of Vitamin C you have to consume either fruits that are rich in vitamin C or use Vitamin C supplements.
Ginger is one of the most commonly used spice or ingredient used for centuries in ayurvedic medicine and folk medicine. Ginger is best known for boosting immune system against a number of ailments from centuries and now modern research also back the amazing healing properties of ginger against a number of chronic diseases.
Shogaol is one of the many constituents of ginger which is best known for improving the defenses of body by boosting antioxidant status, resulting in protection against a number of chronic ailments(reference). Ginger extracts with shogaols and gingerols are reported to enhance the defenses of body.
According to research constituents of ginger inhibit and treat many health conditions such as hypertension, vomiting, inflammation, pain, swelling, platelet aggregation, cardiovascular diseases, dyslipidemia, diabetes, oxidative damage, asthma, nausea, migraines, colds, arthritis, hypertension, allergies, and some cancers (reference).
Even today green tea is widely used for preventing vomiting and treating diarrhea, in most houses specially in Asia. Studies confirm the immunity boosting function of green tea, which they links to the constituents of green tea known as flavonols also known as catechins(reference).
On of the active component of green tea known as epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a type of catechin, have consistently demonstrated improvements in several body functions(reference). Green tea extract containing all its Polyphenols is best for improving the overall immune system of the body.
A part from strengthening immunity system, catechins in green tea can also inhibit or prevent certain types of cancer, including mouth, lung, small intestine, colon, stomach, pancreas, esophagus and kidney.
NOTE: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS NATURAL PRODUCTS WHICH ARE PROVEN AS IMMUNITY BOOSTERS. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND PRODUCTS OR FOODS WHICH ARE NOT PROVEN EFFECTIVE BY MODERN MEDICAL RESEARCH.