How to Boost Your Immune System During the Coronavirus Outbreak

With the world facing a lockdown due to the emergence of Covid-19 aka the viral corona virus, we thought the best way possible to deal with it is take strict precautionary measures.

Apart from social distancing what is most important is to boost one’s immune system.
So God forbid if we get beaten by this bug, we should be strong enough to fight it InshaAllah.

1. Get consistent and adequate rest.

Healthy immune function is highly dependent on sleep, and compromising sleep can leave you vulnerable to not only diseases like coronavirus, but bacterial infections as well.

A good sound sleep and well rested body will help you fight this 🦠

2. Eat More Vegetables

Vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts are loaded with nutrients that are essential for our immune system. Consuming them on a daily basis boosts the immunity. For a healthy liver, cruciferous vegetables like Kale, Broccoli and Cabbage should be included in daily diet. Healthy liver ensures the body’s’ natural detoxification process.

3. Step Out In The Sun

Stepping out in the natural light is one of the major contributors to the production of Vitamin D in our body. Vitamin D is essential for healthy functioning of the immune system as it helps the body to produce antibodies. Low level of Vitamin D in the body has been termed as one of the major reasons for respiratory problems. A brisk walk in the sunlight for 10–15 minutes will ensure that enough Vitamin D is produced in the body.
But please use your own lawns and verandahs to soak sunlight, try to avoid stepping out of your abodes.

4. Keep yourself hydrated 

Water is of the utmost importance, whether you are trying to avoid getting sick or already fighting a cold. Downing fruit juices when you’re under the weather will only lead to a blood sugar crash, making you feel worse. Since our body’s fluid needs increase when we’re fighting infection, drinking an extra two cups of water plus your daily minimum can fuel regeneration of immune-fighting lymphatic cells to get your body feeling stronger. Soups and stews (which provide immune-boosting amino acids and minerals) can feel soothing, while the heat helps open up congestion.

5. Take vitamins supplements or incorporate in Diet.

Try incorporating almonds, hazelnuts, and peanut butter into your diet to reap the benefits of Vitamin E. Green vegetables, including spinach and broccoli, also provide some vitamin E.Vitamin C can help protect your body from infection and even can stimulate the formation of antibodies to fight off disease. The only issue is that your body cannot make Vitamin C, so it must come from the foods you eat on a daily basis. Citrus fruits, such as oranges and grapefruit, are known for their high Vitamin C content.

6. Reduce Stress

Even if you are tested positive of the virus, don’t be negative. With positive attitude and hope to get better, you will surely be able to fight this disease.

Chronic stress suppresses the immune response of the body by releasing the hormone cortisol.

To keep your stress in check, practice yoga, meditation or deep breathing in your regular routine.

7. Try Colostrum

Colostrum is the referred to the first milk from nursing mammals. The advantage of being breastfed is the intake of protective antibodies you get from your mother. These antibodies help you fight through early years of your life. These antibodies are the reason that the breastfed children are healthier and have less risk of catching a cold or allergies. We can harness the antibodies of first milk even when we are adult. In powder form, obtained from cows, goats and other mammals, these antibodies can be mixed with water, juice and shakes.

8. Get Your Exercise On

Working out on a regular basis has been scientifically proven to boost the immune system. Regular exercise mobilises the T cells, a type of white blood cell which guards the body against infection. However, continuous rigorous workout weakens the immune system.

9. Stop The Habit Of Smoking

Stop the habit of smoking because not only does it increases the risk of cancer but it also impairs the immune system. Smoking is said to have a negative impact on both adaptive and innate immunity. It can also increase the chances of developing harmful pathogenic immune responses and smoking also reduces the effectiveness of your immune system’s defence.

10. Say your prayers and Stay Hopeful

Take all your precautionary measures, follow the above guidelines and remain steadfast in your prayers. For nothing is beyond God’s control.
May Allah heal the sick, keep everyone safe and remove this virus from the world.

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