Tips on staying healthy during the lockdown
It’s important to remain physically fit during social isolation since it helps us to stay positive. To ensure a smooth lockdown and enjoy a good health, Thriive brings you interesting health tips from our expert, Maadhuri R Sharma, a certified nutritionist. She also shares tips on effective management for work from home and daily chores.
We should definitely ensure that we are having enough water, since we tend to forget consuming it. Drink up to three litres of water, preferably from a copper bottle. We tend to drink more water when sitting idle. Since the thirst centres are very close to the brain, very often we assume that we are hungry, but actually we are thirsty. To resolve this confusion, drink water and wait for 15 minutes to determine if you are actually hungry. If doing a workout at home, it will keep the endorphins going and we would not want to eat all the time since we tend to be in a better state of mind.
Workouts like Tabata and Suryanamaskar can be done for around 30 minutes everyday. Jumping jacks and squats are recommended for kids for a few minutes which gets the heart pumping. Regular push ups, sit-ups, planks, squats and plunges are recommended for adults. In case, there is a work call or any daily chores need to be done, do not restrict to a workout in the morning. The lockdown is already harsh, we should not limit ourselves by making rules and instead make it fun and interesting.
Snacks should be planned in advance. We should not starve and reach out for junk food. Prepare hummus and refrigerate it. Baida roti, a veg frankie and sweet potato chips are good for snacking. Sweet potato chips are a complex carb. Any protein intake or a complex carb are a great idea along with fruits like oranges and mangoes. Citrus fruits must be consumed to develop the immune system.
Boosting immunity with liquids
If activated charcoal is available at home, prepare lime water and add activated charcoal to it. We can also put tukmaria seeds in water or have jaljeera water. Take a one litre bottle of water and infuse it overnight with tulsi, pudina and cucumber pieces and have it the next day. Milk with turmeric is a good immunity boost instead of indulging in cups of tea and coffee. Prepare lukewarm water mixed with cinnamon or mix ginger and honey with warm water. It is good for the throat and for killing germs. Lentil soup, chicken clear soup or vegetable soups should be consumed. Fussy kids can be served turmeric cappuccino just like a baby cappuccino. The foam on the top always excites children.
Vitamin C and other supplements
Pumpkin seeds and Indian gooseberry should also be consumed. Daily intake of 1000 mg of vitamin C is necessary. Vitamin C supplements are also recommended for all age groups. Consume vitamin C foods along with iron foods because iron is not absorbed completely without vitamin C intake. Besan chilla and chickpeas mixed with jaggery are good for the body.
For a healthy dessert, freeze grapes and have it along with jelly. Yogurt latte can be prepared with yogurt, honey and dry fruits.
Comforting the back and eyes
For relaxing the neck while you work from home, cross your arms and place both the palms on the nape of the neck. Place your hands upwards and move it downwards to release the tension from the back. While working at the computer, look away at a distant object and then look at it again which helps your eyes to focus and defocus. The Yoga asana of staring at the thumb can also be practiced.
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