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Abide by these 8 tips for better immunity in 2021 and get great health in return

Published on:28 December 2020, 10:46am IST
This year was all about coronavirus and it really taught us to take care of our health and immune system. Take this learning forward in 2021 with these 8 immunity-boosting tips.
Shreya Gupta
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Stay strong and fit with these immunity-boosting tips. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Ever since the beginning of the pandemic, covid-19 has disrupted our life in every way possible. As a result, we are now living the ‘new normal’, whether we like it or not. But the good thing about the covid-19 pandemic is that it has once again made us realise that health is wealth. 

And while you adapt to this new normal, you must also take the learnings that 2020 gave us forward. The most important one being: keep your immunity strong because in the end that’s what’s going to keep you safe from the virus. 

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So, here are 8 golden immunity-boosting tips that you must follow in 2021:

1. Add protein to your diet

Kavita Devgan, a nutrition expert with Tata Nutrikorner says: “The amino acids in protein help the body manufacture antibodies and can help protect you against a wide range of infections.”

2. Ginger and garlic can help

Make sure you include ginger and garlic in your diet. Garlic has antimicrobial and antibiotic properties. And according to a research by the University of Florida, it also has anti-inflammatory properties which may enhance immune cell function. On the other hand, ginger decreases inflammation and its antimicrobial properties keep the immune system strong.

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Trust garlic for better immunity. Image courtesy: Shutterstock.
3. Don’t forget ashwagandha and giloy

According to a study by the National College of Natural Medicine in Poland, ashwagandha has immunologic effects on our immune cells which can help boost immunity further. Giloy has antioxidant properties that help improve immunity by fighting off foreign particles.

4. Exercise is important too

A study published in the Journal of Sport and Health Science found that moderate exercise helps in stimulating immune cells thus enhancing your body’s immune system.

5. Get a good night’s sleep

When your body is tired, its ability to fight pathogens is lower. So, make sure you are always well-rested. Moreover, when you sleep, your body’s T-cells get activated which help to fight foreign pathogens.

Also, read: These 10 amazing tips will help you build rock-solid immunity in no time

6. Vitamin C is key

A study published in the journal Nutrients found that vitamin C contributes to your immunity by supporting various cellular functions.

7. Keep a watch on your alcohol consumption

A study published in the journal Alcohol Research: Current Reviews found that drinking too much alcohol can disrupt the immune system leaving you more susceptible to infections.

8. Avoid smoking too

According to the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking can weaken your immune system, so it is better to steer clear of it. Not to mention, smokers tend to be hit by covid-19 even more.

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Shreya Gupta Shreya Gupta

Finding nirvana in good food, Shreya also loves reading books and is a die-hard Potterhead. Confident and motivated she's fun to be with. Plus food. Always.