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Naturopathy diet for post COVID recovery

Charmaine D Souza

PG in Applied Nutrition and Dietetics

3 min read

COVID-19 has emphasized the importance of a person’s immunity in keeping themselves healthy. A good immune system can keep U away from infections, virus, and other invaders. Today, people are trying different home remedies from naturopathy to boost their immune system. But there are various doubts pertaining to what is good and what is not.
Here’s an essential guide to improve the immunity in UR body.

Vitamins for Immunity
  • Vitamin A is found in red, yellow-coloured fruits and vegetables such as carrots, mangoes, sweet potatoes, spinach, bell-pepper, and capsicum. It is also found in dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach and fenugreek. Egg, cod liver oil and cheese also provide vit A.
  • Vitamin C is present in all the citrus fruits such as sweetlime, orange, tangerine, clementine and blood orange. Other additional sources are green chillies, broccoli, lemon, peppers, and tomatoes.
  • Vitamin E is abundantly available in olive oil, peanuts, roasted pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and almonds.
  • Vitamin D is found in fortified foods, whole milk, and mushroom.
Minerals for Immunity
  • Zinc plays an important role in boosting immunity. It is found in whole grains, milk, fortified breakfast, cereals, chickpeas, kidney beans, lentils, and nuts. Non-vegetarians can include other sources such as crab, red meat, egg and shrimp.
  • Magnesium is found in rice, beans, peas, legumes, soy, tempeh, tofu, banana, dark greens and fatty fish.

Avoid overconsuming a particular herb or spice. It has side-effects on UR body.

Herbs for Immunity
  • Turmeric is one the most consumed herbs, in India, to boost immunity. But overconsumption of this herb isn’t beneficial for the body. It might be harmful for people suffering with ovarian cancer, fibroids and reflex issues. Too much of turmeric can also lower the amount of testosterone. Using a judicious quantity of turmeric is important. An alternate, better combination to improve immunity is turmeric with pepper.
  • Wheatgrass is great when it comes to the upkeep of general health. It provides chlorophyll, enzymes, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. But, excess of wheatgrass is harmful for certain section of people. Persons suffering from low sugar should take wheatgrass in nominal amounts. It can make them feel dizzy.
  • Ginger has good anti-oxidation and anti-inflammation properties. Yet it should be avoided in certain cases like breastfeeding, high blood pressure, heart & insulin problems and diabetes. Large amounts of this herb slow down blood clotting.
  • Garlic has potent medicinal properties but overdoing the herb might have affects on the person’s acidity levels, and blood pressure. Also, it is advisable to prevent Garlic if one is on birth control pills.

Wellness advice from qualified experts

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Lifestyle modifications for Immunity
  • Avoid smoking
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Exercise regularly
  • Minimize UR stress
  • Eat heathy
  • Decrease the amounts of salt & sugar in food
  • Drink sufficient water
  • Get adequate sleep
  • Therapeutic waters for Immunity

    Process to prepare any therapeutic waters

    1. Take a jar
    2. Place the specific herbs in the jar
    3. Pour 2 litres of warm water in the jar
    4. Place the lid on the top
    5. Let the herbs soak.
    6. Remove the lid after 10 minutes
    7. Consume the water between 9am – 7pm
    8. 3 different recipes to prepare therapeutic waters
      • 2 star anise, 2 cloves, 2 green cardamoms
      • 10 mint leaves, 1-inch piece of ginger, half de-seeded lemon/lime with the skin
      • 10 basil leaves, 1 tbsp cumin seeds, 1 bay leaf
      Therapeutic spice mix to boost immunity
      • Mix 2 tbsp of mint powder, 2 tbsp sonth powder, 2 tbsp haldi powder, 2 tbsp sauf powder and 1 tbsp clove powder in an airtight jar
      • Take 1 tbsp of this powder every day at bedtime