COVID-19 should not be considered as the only disease that will attack our body during monsoon. You can be susceptible to other monsoon illnesses such as vector borne ones like dengue, malaria, seasonal influenza (H1N1) and Chikungunya. You need to understand that not all fever is COVID-related. It could also be Typhoid, Jaundice, Malaria or Common Cold. While these deadly diseases are all around us, the only best measure to safeguard ourselves is “Immunity”.
Tips To Build Immunity & Safeguard Against COVID & Other Monsoon Illnesses
We are well aware of the symptoms of common diseases and everything should not be related to COVID-19. This constant fear will not let us differentiate between other diseases. Here are some points you can look at to manage monsoon illnesses.
- Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face. Any infection, be it viral, bacterial or fungal, might be contagious. Maintaining self-hygiene is important.
- Take enough morning sunlight: Between 7am to 11am suits the best as UV rays are not very harsh at this time.
- Avoid oily and greasy food: We tend to eat stuff like pakodas and fried items during monsoon. Instead, choose healthy options like hot soup, green tea, ginger tea with popcorn and roasted lotus seeds.
- Good sleep: At least 7-8 hours of undisturbed sleep to rejuvenate our body.
- Exercise regularly: Minimum of 15 mins of exercise and daily walks to be incorporated in routine.
- Load up on antioxidants: Eat well washed bright coloured yellow and orange fruits and green leafy vegetables, as they are rich in antioxidants.
- Flush your system well with water: A minimum of 2.5-3L of water is a must. Be it in any form like coconut, lime, infused with fruits or spices, green tea and concoctions.
- Strengthen your gut: With pre and probiotics, like curd, pickles, fermented foods and kimchi.
- Increase protein intake: To prepare your body and avoid weaknesses.
- Respect Indian spices: Spices are rich in minerals and antioxidant properties. They help flush sinus infections too!
- Detox your body: With fasting, which gives rest to our digestive system to improve the performance of other organs. This should be under supervision if diabetic or indicative of other comorbidities.
You should be fine as long as you follow the above 11 pointers. If you show any symptoms, it’s best to consult with your doctor before panicking. Certain illnesses like cold, fever and diarrhoea are common during the monsoon. Check with an expert and avoid self-medication. It would be wise to check your blood oxygen levels (SpO2) from time to time as well. You can use the GOQii Smart Vital that has sensors to detect body temperature, SpO2, blood pressure and heart rate.
We hope this article helps you. If you find these tips useful, let us know in the comments below! For more on managing COVID, you can check out Healthy Reads or tune in to classes by experts on GOQii Play.
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