Immunity, your best defense against infections like COVID-19

foods that acts as immunity boosters against covid

Coronavirus, a real threat to the human world! While social distancing helps us to prevent it, our immunity alone can help us fight it, in case, every other precaution fails! Evidently, COVID-19 has taught us a very valuable lesson, we as individuals should start paying more attention to our immunity. 

However, building strong immunity is not an overnight job. It’s the combined effect of the lifestyle choices we make every day. 

What is Immunity?

Immunity is our body’s ability to fight disease-causing microorganisms and recover from it. Not that we don’t have microorganisms within us, we do have some good ones housed within our gut. They work with our immune system to fight other harmful bacteria and viruses. 

What affects our Immunity?

Naturally, all of us are gifted with an immune system which becomes even stronger as we grow up through our childhood. But, some of our activities hinder the way our immune system works – 

  • Not sleeping enough — Not getting enough rest can slow our regenerative processes. This leaves us with less energy to fight off infections.
  • Too much stress — Working overtime physically or mentally puts more strain on the body’s natural capacity to recover from wear and tear.
  • Wrong choice of food —  Consuming excess amounts of processed or sugary foods will slow down the body’s natural detox process. 

How to boost immunity?

There are a few simple ways to do it:

  • Maintain good sleep:
    Going to sleep early and waking up at a reasonable time is always a good way to go. It helps your body to regenerate. Staying up too late really harms your immunity.
  • Do not overstress:
    Explore different methods for coming out of stress. Do something regularly that can help you stay calm. This will help your body to deal with inevitable stress without it taking a toll on your health.
  • Ensure the right quality & quantity of food
    Watch your food intake, it makes a huge difference. Have lots of colorful fruits and vegetables. They provide you with fiber content that builds up the microbiomes in your gut, helping you fight off infections. The greater the variety of foods you eat, the healthier your microbiomes and the stronger your immunity becomes. 

Remember! Immunity is a lifelong process that comes about naturally, so long as you take care of your body.



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Dr Jisha Gomez

She is a highly skilled dermatology physician with strong expertise in improving skin & hair health through the development of corrective treatment combinations. She completed her Post-graduate Diploma in Dermatology from Cardiff, UK & Fellowship in Aesthetic Medicine (FAM) from the Institute of Laser and Aesthetic Medicine, Delhi with over 5+ years experience treating skin patients. She has worked in Government hospitals in Trivandrum and Bangalore. She is actively involved in creating awareness for healthy skin, breaking the social stigma based on skin colour & stopping steroid abuse in our country.