Good health isn’t achieved overnight. Apart from the absence of disease, it includes attention towards healthy food habits, focus on physical fitness, and dedicated sustainable lifestyle changes. Our body needs adequate nutrition for day-to-day activities and if we’re recovering from infections, our needs may significantly change. Of late, there has been a lot of talk around increasing immunity. As a woman and a mother, I’ve made conscious changes in my diet and ensured that we’re consuming vitamins and maintaining a healthy constitution for the same.
Vitamins are essential nutrients that play multiple roles in keeping our body healthy. They help maintain stronger bones, repair cellular damage, and aid in healing wounds. Vitamin C, particularly, is an antioxidant and is crucial in keeping up our immunity levels. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg. It benefits us in many more ways as well.
- Better iron absorption – Sometimes a person may consume iron-rich food yet suffer from anemia due to deficient absorption. Vitamin C works in tandem with other vitamins and minerals in the body, iron in this case, and helps in better absorption.
- Hello, beautiful skin! – The market is flooded with skincare products like creams and serums that are rich in Vitamin C, and rightly so. Vitamin C promotes the synthesis of collagen, a protein that helps in building skin, hair, and muscle ligaments giving you a youthful look. It has anti-aging properties and prevents sagging and wrinkle formation. Collagen also speeds up the wound healing process.
- Strengthens the immune system, how? – One of the reasons why consuming vitamins every day and even more during recovery is important is its positive effect on our immune system. It helps in microbial killing, defends our body against oxidative stress, and decreases potential tissue damage. It has antioxidant properties too.
But Vitamin C is water-soluble and doesn’t get stored in the body. You have to feed it to your body daily through natural Vitamin C-rich foods like fruits and vegetables. Inculcating them in your diet and consuming vitamins is easy as well. Here’s what I do:
~ Start my day with warm water laced with lemon juice and honey.
~ Eat fruits like orange, sweet lime, berries, kiwis, pineapple, etc whole. Avoid packed juices.
~ Remember to squeeze half a lemon over my vegetables, dal, soups, etc.
~ Green leafy vegetables are easiest to cook and consume; parathas, salads, snacks, etc. and what say you!
~ Tomatoes are a must in gravies, salads and are liberally consumed at my place.
~ Bell peppers are my favorite and I use them in homemade pizzas, pulao, and paneer preparations too.
Building immunity has always been a part of a healthy lifestyle. Infections or not, one must consume vitamins after recovery in India as a priority for better health and a stronger body. Also, if natural foods aren’t providing enough Vitamin C, it is recommended to consult a doctor/physician to understand how one’s diet can be supplemented with Vitamin C.
Like, my doctor prescribed Limcee Vitamin C Chewable Tablets 500mg when I enquired after a suitable option to help me boost my Vitamin C intake. Since then I #BoostImmunityWithLimcee.
Leading a healthy life and making yourself stronger is a necessity today. What are you doing to ensure you’re living a healthy lifestyle?
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