Immunity boosting seems to be the biggest effort we all can make to prevent viruses from entering our body. Coupled with all important social distancing, hand washing and other prevention measures, we must improve the quality of food we are eating. In such testing times, it is very important for us to take care of our health – both mental and physical. SheThePeople’s Founder Shaili Chopra spoke to celebrity nutritionist Pooja Makhija to understand how women can take care of themselves and their families better. What are the immunity booster Indian food options? What are the various things one should think of for improving nutrition.
Makhija shared some important advice related to physical and mental health, right eating habits and how one can boost their immunity. Here are the highlights :
Foods to boost immunity
A lot of moms are worried about building immunity in their children in times health and fitness are crucial. Vitamins have a great impact on your immunity, as per Makhija. Vitamin B12, Vitamin C and turmeric also give a boost to it. More amount of proteins in your diet is also advisable.
- Pooja Makhija says that taking vitamins is good for our immunity. She also advised to refrain from eating raw and junk food
- Staying hydrated and sleeping for good number of hours is good.
- Keeping your mindset positive is important. Be calm and strong and take care of your mental health
What to eat and not to eat
We need to be wary of raw and processed food such as raw fish, raw chicken and eggs according to Makhija, to avoid stomach upset. Instead we should ensure that all our food is properly cooked and that we have a balanced diet every day. She also advised everyone to eat small portions instead of sitting down for one or two big meals.
While Makhija advised to stay off raw food she said that you can eat salads if you are washing them thoroughly. However, according to her leafy vegetables in salads are best-avoided currently.
In these times, be calm, informed and strong. Don’t be naive and negligent about your health. Be careful about the data you are feeding your mind – Pooja Makhija
Soups are a good option to replace unhealthy snacks and to kill the cravings for junk food. But they have more to offer. According to Makhija, vegetable soups are good for immunity too. She mentioned immunity booster Indian foods as doodhi soup, other vegetable soups.
Routines To Follow
It is important to indulge in some physical activity so that we don’t end up gaining weight and inviting other health problems. People can dance at home or do home workouts. Do some kind of physical activity. Walk 5000 steps at home. Anything that requires your body to go against the gravity is exercise. Skipping is also a good form of exercise.
7 – 8 hours of sleep for adults and 9 – 10 of sleep for kids is very important.
Don’t be fearful
Don’t fuel your fear because it will get to you and your mindset will get affected. Fear is going to get the worst out of you. Be calm, informed and strong. Don’t be naive and negligent about your health. Be careful about the data you are feeding your mind.
Walk 5000 steps at home. Anything that requires your body to go against the gravity is exercise. Skipping is also a good form of exercise – Pooja Makhija
Snacks for children
Being stuck at home and with little more to do than watch television and play, kids often demand snacks, both out of hunger and boredom. But not always can these demands be met with plain old “boring” portions of fruits. Makhija suggests that dipping apple slices in peanut or almond butter can make for a good and interesting snack.
Stay hydrated. Drink a glass of water after every one hour and remind your family members to do the same.
Always take care of your health
Makhija also emphasised on the fact that caring for one’s health is a habit that shouldn’t be done with once we are done with social distancing and the coronavirus induced stress and anxiety. People should understand that they need to take care of their health at all times even after the virus is gone.
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