At this time, the coronavirus pandemic is causing panic and confusion around the world.

The Covid-19 virus has infected more than 343,000 people and led to an estimated 15,000 deaths, with health experts now recommending citizens practice social distancing and abide by a high standard of hygiene, with regular hand washing of utmost importance.

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But what else can we do to help boost our general wellbeing? Dr. Munir Somji, aka Dr. MediSpa, has shared his top tips for staying calm and healthy. Read on for details.

Eat more superfoods and spices

“Try to consume lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, as eating a nutritious, balanced diet is vital in supporting your immune system,” he shared.

Spices such as cinnamon are thought to reduce bacteria’s ability to multiply in the body, while citrus fruits, including oranges and lemons, are full of vitamin C, which helps fight off infections. Raw garlic, which has natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, can also help to fight off illnesses and speed up recovery.

Top up your water intake

“Ensure you are drinking an adequate amount of water, as many of our metabolic functions rely on hydration,” Dr. Somji added. “In addition, it can have an effect on the mucus layer in your respiratory tract and your digestive tract, that has antibodies that trap germs to prevent them from getting to your cells.”

Try adding slices of lemon, orange, fresh ginger or cucumber to flavour water and look to track your consumption over the course of the day.

Keep fit

Set yourself realistic goals, such as exercising for just 20 minutes daily. If possible, attempt to get some much-needed fresh air, while practicing social distancing.

“Light to moderate exercise can improve your mental and physical wellbeing. It can also support your immune cells to fight off germs and improve blood circulation,” he advised.

Reduce screen time

Turning off your phone an hour before bed and cutting down on TV viewing can help to reduce stress and aid the body in creating the much-needed hormone melatonin, which helps us to sleep.

Take your supplements

Weak or compromised immune systems are more likely to develop a secondary infection, such as pneumonia, when faced with a virus. Accordingly, Dr. Somji recommends incorporating vitamin supplements into your diet.

“(Look to take) vitamin C, vitamin B12 complex, zinc, and essential amino acids – all of which play an essential role in the immune system functioning well,” he stated.

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