A new sub-variant of the XBB variant, XBB 1.16, is believed to be the reason for the sudden spurt in Corona cases. While the H3N2 virus also has the ability to spread rapidly. Symptoms like cough, fever, headache, sore throat, fatigue, runny nose, phlegm in the throat are seen in the patients affected by these two.
ICMR has clearly stated in its advisory that to avoid the virus or show symptoms, wash hands with soap and water, wear a mask and avoid crowded places and cover your mouth and nose while sneezing and coughing. If a person is showing symptoms of flu, then they should also change their diet. Shikha Agarwal Sharma, Nutritionist and Dietician and Director of Fat to Slim Telling you about some things, through which it can help in strengthening the immune system and fighting infection or virus.
eat more protein rich foods
You should consume 0.8 to 1 gram of protein per kg of your body weight daily. If you are already deficient, then it can be increased to 1.2 to 1.5 grams after consulting a doctor. Protein’s job is to build muscle, build and repair tissue, heal and enhance the recovery process. Apart from milk and milk products such as curd, paneer and tofu, you can include soy, pulses, nuts and boiled eggs in your diet for protein.
Vitamins and minerals are also important
Include fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables in your diet as they are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are essential to increase your immune power.
- Vitamin A – Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Papayas, Apricots
- Vitamin C – All citrus fruits like lemon, amla, tomato, orange, sweet lime etc.
- Vitamin E – Sunflower seeds, safflower seeds, almonds and pistachios
- Vitamin D – fortified milk and milk products, mushrooms, eggs, fish
- Zinc and selenium – Chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, whole pulses, whole grains, black sesame seeds, eggs, fish
Eat foods rich in probiotics
You should include probiotics and pre-biotics in your diet such as curd, buttermilk, cottage cheese and other fermented foods. These things are helpful in eliminating the bad bacteria of the stomach and intestines and keep you from getting sick.
Herbs and spices are great remedies for flu symptoms
Herbs and spices used daily in the household have anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties. Include basil, dry ginger, lemongrass, garlic, turmeric, black pepper, coriander etc. in your food.
Omega-3 and Omega-6
Include things rich in omega-3 and omega-6 in your diet. For this you can eat almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. Apart from these, consume more beverages like coconut water, lemon water, fresh homemade soups, buttermilk and green tea. Maintain fluid intake of 2- 2.5 liters daily.
Disclaimer: This article is for general information only. It cannot be a substitute for any medicine or treatment in any way. Always consult your doctor for more details.