The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has made us vulnerable to the life-threatening effects of COVID-19 .It has been such an awakening so much for us to build our immunity and strengthen the body's ability to fight this dreadful virus.
However, the sad reality is that recuperating from this life threatening disease is not easy at all but if you manage to take the right steps at the right time, your way to recovering can be very fast and effective. According to experts the key to faster recovery from the COVID-19 virus is by having a balanced diet and adding health enriching and nutritious foods that help in improving the immune system.
Our body's immunity aids our physiological system to resist any kind of bacterial or viral invasion. One needs to understand that a balanced immune response is important to ward off these infections and bounce back to health.
A majority of viral infections turn serious either due to lack of immune response or else due to hyper immune response.
The following practices and food choices will greatly aid in modulating a balanced immune response and may facilitate a faster recovery from COVID-19 infection.
The tips are:-
Hydrate - This is through drinking at least 3 to 4 litres of water infused with thin slices of ginger daily.
Chew about 3 to 5 raisins 3 to 4 times a day to improve digestion and also help in improving or bringing back your taste.
Always opt to have light and easily digestible meals which can be quickly assimilated/digested.
Taking a piece of fruit, especially a fruit such as pomegranate,orange or an apple will be energising.
Always include garlic,celery, cucumber, radish, asparagus, beetroot, mung bean in your diet. Always prefer to have warm and cooked meals.
Avoid cold foods, excessive sweet, spicy, sour, and salty foods when you have a COVID-19 active infection.
Protein helps in building muscles and repairing cell damage, which further aids in boosting your immunity.
The reason why experts suggest increasing the intake of protein rich foods is because it aids in healing the cell damage caused due to COVID-19.
Adding protein rich foods such as lean meat, nuts and seeds, fish, bananas,legumes and pulses to your diet during or post COVID-19 will aid in replenishing the lost nutrition.
These protein rich foods are also a great source of omega 3 fatty acids that help in boosting metabolism and improving gut health.
The absence of healthy calories in this phase could slow down your recovery rate.
Thus, it's vital to include calorie dense foods like whole grain seeds, nuts and seeds. In fact, dry fruits and nuts help in boosting overall health.
Adding fresh produce like fruits and veggies help in faster recovery, this is the reason why experts suggest to include fresh veggies and fruits. Adding fresh fruits and veggies rich in vitamins and antioxidants help in strengthening the body's resistance to combat deadly virus attacks like COVID-19.
The addition of Vitamin C and multivitamin rich fruits like oranges, mango, pineapple, lemons help in reviving lost nutrients, hydrates the body and helps in boosting respiratory system.
The abundant addition of protein rich soy in your daily diet can greatly help in healing and faster recovery post COVID-19. It has been suggested that adding high protein soy based foods can help in boosting immunity naturally. Also going for a nutrient dense vegetarian diet can improve overall health and immunity, post COVID-19.
Apart from adding these healthy foods to your daily diet, you must keep a check on the intake of sugar and salt as they may lead to a spike in sugar levels or blood pressure levels, which eventually slows down the recovery process.
Thus, for a faster and effective recovery, make sure you add healthy fruit, veggies, protein rich foods and reduce the intake of oil, sugar, spices as an excess of these foods may have adverse effects on your overall health.
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