The positive impact of COVID is we all have become health conscious. We all want to have high/strong immunity to fight off any kind of infection. By now, we all are aware of which food will boost our immunity and what foods we need to avoid. This is indeed a good change that will help us maintain good health.
Following a healthy regime and boosting our immune system is very essential but at the same time, wrong information will worsen your health too.
Myth - Excess intake of vitamin C boosts the immune system
Vitamin C enhances the body’s immunity but as you have heard that too much of anything is bad for our health. For adults, the RDA for vitamin C is 2000 mg per day. The body cannot digest vitamin C above this limit. Extra vitamin C is flushed out of the body through urination. And in case it remains in the body, it can cause GI problems like diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramps, and vomiting. Thus, consume within the RDA quantity. If your body is healthy, you can easily fulfill the requirement through dietary sources.
Myth - Citrus foods are the only immunity booster foods
It is true that citrus fruits, like lemons, oranges, and grapefruits, are powerhouses of Vitamin C, an essential nutrient to boost immunity. There are other foods also that can help you boost your immunity significantly. For example, red pepper, garlic, and carrot contain compounds that help you improve your immunity.
Myth - Immunity-boosting supplements are good for everyone
Supplements are considered only when your diet is poor. Even then they cannot be recommended for everyone. Some people require a proper diet plan. You can consult any of the registered dietitians to understand the supplements if any are required.
Myth - Healthy eating is enough to boost immunity
Healthy eating is a great way to improve one’s diet. But the effectiveness largely depends upon the lifestyle that is being spent. A healthy lifestyle promotes immunity. Even not having adequate sleep will lead to a weak immune system. An adult needs to sleep around seven to eight hours every day to improve immunity.
Smoking and drinking affect the immune system badly. One has to adopt healthy living habits like adequate sleep, limiting stress, regular exercise, and limiting smoking and alcohol consumption.
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