The Covid-19 pandemic has shaken the country and the entire world, causing many deaths and wrecking economies, but there are some simple guidelines and safety measures that if taken seriously, can help prevent individuals from contracting the deadly virus. They include washing hands frequently with soap, wearing face masks when in the presence of other people, maintaining social distance, and avoiding crowded places. But what about people with illnesses that threaten their immune systems, making them more vulnerable to the virus?
Many people, who have died from the virus, had pre-existing illnesses that had weakened their immune systems to fight the coronavirus. This calls for healthy eating habits to boost our immune systems. There are major diseases such as HIV, cancer, hepatitis, autoimmune and blood disorders.
According to health experts, some medical treatments tend to weaken the immune system, making it difficult for the body to fight diseases on its own. Autoimmune disorders may cause over-activity or very low activity in the immune system. In the case of over-activity, the body releases antibodies that fight the body tissues instead of fighting infections.
According to the World Health Organization, whatever we consume affects our body’s ability to fight, prevent or recover from infections, We should, therefore, adopt a healthy diet to help boost our immune systems. This can be done by, for example, drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated. Our bodies use water in the tissues, cells, and organs to help maintain bodily functions.
As much as we encourage ourselves to drink a lot of water, we also need nutrients from different kinds of fruits and vegetables. Readily available fruits such as pawpaws, citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, lime, and tangerines), grapefruits that contain Vitamin C increase the production of white blood cells, which are key to fighting diseases. Vegetables such as broccoli contain vitamins A, C, and E. Steam or cook lightly to maintain the nutrients. Spinach contains beta carotene and antioxidants, which increase the ability of our immune systems to fight diseases.
Just eating one of these foods daily cannot guarantee that your immune system will be boosted, but ensuring a daily intake and checking on serving sizes to not get too much or too little of a particular vitamin, is critical.