Boost your immune system with vitamin C, vitamin D and zinc, to decrease the risk of catching the flu. Avoid feeling overwhelmed by acknowledging feelings of anxiety, and you will feel more emotionally stable Some precautions can be taken to avoid the spread of infections and viruses.
How To Prevent Coronavirus?
- Defend yourself with powerful nutrients Top three nutrients to ensure a strong immune system are vitamin C, zinc and iron. The benefits of vitamin C to boost immunity are well documented reminds people to take it before the onset of cold or flu symptoms.
- Try to get your vitamin C in its natural form, unless you know you aren’t getting enough from dietary sources, such as citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruit and kiwis, as well as guava, bell peppers and broccoli, are all good sources. Zinc deficiency is associated with increased susceptibility to pneumonia and other infections in children and the elderly. To get enough zinc, she recommends eating eggs, poultry, fortified breakfast cereals, beans, chickpeas and nuts (cashews and almonds). Or just take a good Zinc Supplement.
- If you are getting enough zinc in your diet, then you are likely getting enough iron as the two are in a lot of common foods. “Vegetarians must make sure they eat the plant-based iron with vitamin C, which can enhance the absorption of plant-based iron.”
- A good Vitamin D Supplement is a must for everyone to keep their levels on track these days. Go out in the early morning sunlight for vitamin D absorption.
Apart from wearing a mask in crowded places, washing your hands and using hand sanitizer, what can we do to stay healthy – and calm – during the flu season, especially during a coronavirus outbreak?
Ms Preety Tyagi, Nutritionist and Founder of MY22BMI, shares some tips:
- The need for a healthy diet, maintaining personal hygiene and getting good rest to boost your immune system cannot be ignored.
- Begin with prevention… It’s not too late to get the flu vaccine, and this is especially important for the young, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. The key is to get it when you are healthy. While it will not prevent coronavirus, it will defend against the more common seasonal influenzas during this winter peak season.
- If you do feel unwell, see your doctor as soon as possible. “A rapid influenza test can give you a result in 15 minutes and quickly determine what you might have. Anti-viral drugs for the flu should be taken within 48 hours, so it’s important to see your GP promptly.”
- If you have a fever, after visiting the doctor, wait for at least 24 hours after the fever has subsided (without using fever-reducing medicine) to leave home. If a family member is ill, adjust the sleeping arrangements – as best you can – so that they don’t infect other household members.
- “Optimize everything that you can control – wash your hands, take care of your body, get enough sleep, eat nutritious food – and then you have no need to stress."