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Keep immunity of children and parents boosted during Covid19 situation


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Ms. Preety Tyagi, a health coach, was a student of IIN, Institute of Integrative Nutrition, New York. She is very passionate about health issues and wants to change people’s perspectives towards the word ‘disease’.

 

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Immune System is the power of our body to prevent any infections, viruses etc. and the power to fight back any infection or ailment that may take place in the body. It’s always important to remain healthy and keep your immune system boosted always, but it has taken an all new dimension during such testing times as now.

It’s a no-brainer that a person with a stronger immune system is much more likely to have better chances of staying away from the disease and of survival, if at the all the virus enters the body. 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.

Defend yourself and your children with powerful nutrients.

Top three nutrients to ensure a strong immune system are vitamin C, zinc and iron and Vitamin D. The benefits of vitamin C to boost immunity are well documented. People should take it before the onset of cold or flu symptoms. Try to get your vitamin C in its natural form – 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, eat 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. Foods such as bananas, coconut, coconut water, chickpeas, millets, whole grains, avocados, citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, strawberries etc. are important foods to include in daily diet of children to ensure high immunity in kids.
A good Vitamin D Supplement is a must for everyone to keep their levels on track in these days of staying at home.
When it comes to nutrition, nothing can beat the importance of eating naturally occurring foods without the use of any chemical substances. To manage that, avoid packaged, processed and junk foods. Depend entirely on home cooked food, prepared with high quality, natural ingredients. It’s crucial, especially in times like these.
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 in the midst of a coronavirus outbreak?
• The need for a healthy diet, maintaining personal hygiene and getting good rest to boost your immune system cannot be ignored.

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ParentEdge is a bi-monthly magazine for discerning Indian parents who would like to actively contribute to their children’s education, intellectual enrichment and stimulation. The magazine’s premise is that learning is a continuous process, and needs to happen both in and outside of school; thus parents have an important role to play in shaping their children’s interests and intellect.

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