The world is facing uncertain times. Corona pandemic has shaken the economic and social fibers of our civilizations to the very core. The number of symptomatic as well as asymptomatic patients is on the rise day by day.
Although most confirmed COVID-19 patients have reported a loss of taste and loss of smell as distinct symptoms, we cannot ignore the fact that many COVID-19 carriers may be asymptomatic and need an antibody test to confirm their status.
In these difficult times, even minor flu-like symptoms can leave you distraught. We have some widely accepted and effective home recipes which can help you cope with the pandemic situation to some extent.
Improve your lung capacity
Our lungs perform the crucial function of providing oxygen and keeping us healthy. It is true that children and elderly may lack the peak of their lung capacities, but lungs function may be compromised among people who smoke frequently, suffer from asthma and allergies, and also those who are battling stress. Breathing exercises are ideal for improving lung capacity and consequently boosting immune health.
Pranayama is the exercise for encouraging the flow of life force in our system. It involves deep breathing and meditative techniques that not only increase oxygen intake in our lungs but also provide deep relaxation and rejuvenation.
Daily breathing exercises are recommended for healthy lungs and immune systems.
Immunity boosting drinks
Natural herbs and herbal drinks are well-known immunity boosters in traditional and alternative medicine sciences. Ayurvedic herbal concoctions and home remedies are considered ideal for ailments relating to seasonal changes and allergies. Incorporating some of these herbal teas and drinks in your daily regimen can bolster your body’s power to fight infections.
A simple herbal tea recipe is the evergreen Ginger-Lemon-Honey tea boosted with the power of Holy Basil and Black Pepper. You can also include Amla (Indian gooseberry) juice in your diet to get a solid dose of natural Vitamin C and other antioxidants.
Cleanse with steam inhalation
Although steam inhalation cannot cure coronavirus infection, it does act as a great cleanse for your respiratory tract. It soothes symptoms of respiratory infections and hydrates your nasal tract and throat. In fact, some people take daily steam therapy as a part of their ayurvedic lifestyle and enjoy great health benefits.
Inhaling warm water vapors with menthol works wonders for congested sinus and inflamed nasal passages. If you are suffering from minor flu symptoms like a stuffed or runny nose, you can get relief within a couple of days by inhaling steam twice a day.
Sleep and diet
Your overall diet and sleep habits play an important role in improving your immune response to infections and viruses. Everyone needs 7-8 hours of restful sleep for rejuvenation. A sleep-deprived and stressed out body cannot keep up with the task of warding off miscreants like the Coronavirus.
Likewise, a healthy balanced diet supplies your body with the necessary antioxidants for fighting against infections. Eating junk food and packaged food items not only disrupt your digestion but also expose you to sickness and diseases.
Keep up your water intake
Hydration is important for supporting regular detoxification within your body. It is recommended that an average adult should drink at least 3 liters of water to maintain fluid balance.
Make sure that you avoid consuming chilled beverages as they can increase your chances of getting a throat infection. Ideally, you should sip water at room temperature or even lukewarm water throughout the day for proper hydration.
Disclaimer: The recommendations provided here are simple remedies for boosting immunity and not a cure for COVID-19. If you’re experiencing even mild symptoms of COVID-19 or if you’ve come in contact with a COVID-19 infected individual, you should consult a medical practitioner immediately.