We have all been affected, to a greater or lesser degree, by the virus prevalent in our society. We need now to take charge of its spread by going back to basics. We should all have been washing our hands frequently in any case, to minimize the spread of all sorts of germs. Viruses have mutated. This means that, for some of us, our systems are not strong enough to deal with new viruses. With winter upon us soon, it is imperative to boost our immunity. This will mitigate the risks associated with any type of bugs or viruses. It may be a good idea, as a precaution, to take certain health supplements, such as vitamins and the flu vaccine. These precautions could boost our immunity. Check first with your doctor or health-care provider before consuming any products willy-nilly. After the lockdown, how else will you be caring for your immunity?
We at Mangwanani are always concerned with the well-being of our extended family. By this, we mean not only our valued staff but you − our guests. In light of this, I have compiled a list of ‘dos and don’ts’ for you to take into consideration, to safeguard yourself and your loved ones.
- Don’t smoke.
- Eat a diet high in fruit and vegetables, fresh, wherever
- Exercise regularly.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
- Get adequate sleep.
- Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands
- frequently, and cooking meat thoroughly.
- Try to minimize stress.
Food plays an enormous role in our immunity. With lockdown, we have certainly been able to cut down on junk foods. Healthy, nourishing, home-prepared food will greatly assist in enhancing our immune systems. This will provide a good defence system come the winter. The following are some ‘good food ’ suggestions:
– The delicious fruit blueberries provide excellent antioxidant properties that greatly boost immunity. Flavonoids play an essential role in the immune defence system of the respiratory tract. Researchers have found that people who consume foods rich in flavonoids are less likely to fall victim to an upper respiratory tract infection, or even to the common cold than those who are not protected.
– Turmeric is a yellow spice that many people use in cooking. It is also present in some alternative medicines. Consuming turmeric may improve a person’s immune response. This will be thanks to the curcumin, a compound found in turmeric. The qualities provided by curcumin add to antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
– Broccoli is a great source of vitamin C. It also contains potent antioxidants, such as sulforaphane. For these reasons, broccoli (likewise cabbage) is a good choice of vegetable to eat regularly, to support immune system health.
– Sweet potatoes are rich in beta carotene, a type of antioxidant that gives the skin of the potato its orange colour. Beta carotene is a source of vitamin A. It contributes to skin health, and may even provide some protection against skin damage from ultraviolet (UV) rays.
– Spinach may boost the immune system, as it contains many essential nutrients and antioxidants.
– People use ginger in a variety of dishes and desserts, as well as in teas. Ginger has anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties and is considered providing certain health benefits.
– Garlic is a common home remedy for the prevention of colds
and other illnesses.
– Oranges and Kiwifruit- Oranges and kiwifruit are excellent sources of vitamin C, which is the vitamin that many people turn to when they feel a cold developing. For people trying to avoid the sugar in fruit, red bell peppers are an excellent alternative source of vitamin C.
– Sunflower seeds can make a tasty addition to salads or breakfast bowls. They are a rich source of vitamin E, an antioxidant. In the same way as other antioxidants, vitamin E improves immune function. It does this by fighting off free radicals, which can damage cells.
It is important to remember that the immune system is complex. Eating a healthy, balanced diet is just one way of supporting immune health. It is also essential to be mindful of the other lifestyle factors that may affect your immune system health. Treat your body with the TLC it deserves, and fight off viruses and infections by arming your defense system.