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Coronavirus: Immune Boosting Superfoods to Add to Your Diet

As of recent reports, the recent coronavirus outbreak has affected 87137 people. As the virus continues to spread, it is important to protect oneself as well as ones loves ones. 

What is coronavirus?


The Coronavirus is nothing new. In fact, it’s a whole family of viruses that have been around for many years which are responsible for a range of illnesses, from the common cold to the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
There are currently seven recognized types of the coronavirus that can infect humans. The Coronavirus family is zoonotic, which means it can be passed from animal to human but also from human to human. The newest strain of the family, the one dubbed 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov), has been making headlines for its widespread and its easily infectious nature.


What are the clinical signs?

Clinical signs of having contracted 2019-nCov include:


- Fever
- Breathlessness
- Cough


Symptoms vary from person to person and most will start to show symptoms between 2-14 days after infection. Some people will have almost no or very few symptoms while others may develop more serious symptoms that need treatment and observation.


How does the Coronavirus spread?


Many of the strains of the Coronavirus have been identified to originate with an animal. Once they are passed to humans, infection from human to human becomes easier to facilitate. The virus can be spread in the following ways between humans:


- Coughing and sneezing that disperses the virus in droplets in the air;
- Touching or shaking hands with someone that is infected with the virus;
- Making contact with a surface or an object that has the virus then touching your hands to your mouth, nose or eyes; and
- In rare cases, the virus can be spread by contact with feces.


There is no current vaccine for the 2019-nCov although scientists have been able to replicate the virus. Avoiding the above mentioned infectious actions and having a healthy lifestyle is the best defense for the coronavirus at this time.

Now, as we are already aware, the key to good health is a strong immune system.  If we have a weakened immune system we are more susceptible to colds and viruses. There are several ways you can boost your immune system, which we will be sharing with you today. 

Suggested immune boosting actions 


A healthy lifestyle and increased immunity can be achieved through a number of ways, including proper sleep and nutrition, supplementing with superfood and vitamin products, staying properly hydrated, and even keeping a certain level of humidity in the air.


Immune boosting and antioxidant-rich superfoods


Adding antioxidant-rich superfoods to your lifestyle is in fact a very simple and convenient way of boosting our immune system daily. Adding these superfood powders to your diet is a convenient way to reduce the load on your immune system.
These superfood powders work by providing daily doses of antioxidants, Vitamin C and other nutrients that have been shown in multiple studies to be helpful in boosting and supporting your immunity. Antioxidants, for example, aid your body in fighting off free radicals and reducing inflammation. Although inflammation is an important part of the immune system's function, it can become problematic if out of control.


Chirp Nation has a variety of immune boosting superfood powders that can help you stay on track and assist you in staying healthy. Because every Superfood has its own incredible benefits and everyone has their own unique taste, Chirp Nation has ensured that there is something available for everyone: The range includes: Lion’s Mane, Matcha, Wheatgrass, Moringa, Chlorella, and Acai.

 

What makes our Superfoods special, especially in terms of immune boosting properties and overall health?

 


Lions Mane


The Lions mane mushroom, an immune boosting superfood powder, is considered one of the best sources for antioxidants and has been recommended for dietary supplementation of antioxidants. Chirp Nation’s 100% Pure Lion’s Mane is organically grown and sustainably harvested. The superfood has shown promise in multiple studies for reducing inflammation and oxidative stress as well as being useful in the management of several diseases.


Matcha


Matcha powder is not only a great alternative for coffee, providing jitter-free energy boosts, but an antioxidant-packed superfood. Due to the high levels of antioxidants, especially epigallocatechin gallate which assists your body’s T-cells in fighting inflammation, the superfood powder makes a great immune booster. The powder is an easy immune boosting superfood to incorporate into your diet, due to its versatility and flavor.



Wheatgrass


Chirp Nation’s wheatgrass superfood powders are high in Vitamin B12, Vitamin A, chlorophyll, and antioxidants and are a nutritional powerhouse. It has also been found to be anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic and immunomodulatory. The superfood powders are easy to include in your diet as you only need a small amount to get all the nutrients and antioxidants you need for immune boosting.



Moringa


The Moringa leaf superfood powders of Chirp Nation are organic and GMO-free and can help you combat not only the flu and colds but also infections. It’s high in Vitamin C, a crucial immune booster – one serving contains up to 220 mg of Vitamin C as compared to the 30 mg of an orange. It also imparts plenty of Vitamin A, Calcium, and Potassium. The superfood is immune boosting and healthy for your overall body.



Chlorella


This superfood algae powder is high in protein, amino acids, and antioxidants. Double-blind, placebo-controlled studies by Dr. Randall Merchant, a professor of anatomy and neurosurgery at Virginia Commonwealth University, found that daily additions to your diet can help and boost the immune system. 


Acai


The favorite superfood and immune boosting berry, acai has been making the rounds for all the right reasons. Packed with B vitamins, proteins, calcium, and potassium, it’s especially known for its antioxidant properties. These antioxidants have been found to be especially helpful for infectious diseases or inflammatory issues such as asthma. With a taste similar to that of blueberries and chocolate, it is an easy and delicious superfood to add to any kind of smoothie or fruit-flavored drink.


Dietary Choices


As far as preventative measures, nothing beats an all rounded healthy lifestyle for assisting you in preventing the flu or cold. We advise to include superfoods as well as whole food fruits and vegetables and limiting processed foods and sugars to help you boost your immune system.
Additionally, plenty of water will ensure that your overall body has the liquid reserves it needs to flush out any toxins whenever necessary. 



Exercise

 

Not only diet but also exercise is important for a strong immune system. Daily movement of moderate-intensity has the wonderful effect of improving immune system function.
Taking part in moderate, but non-strenuous, exercises such as power walking, swimming or water aerobics, cycling, and even ballroom dancing can all help boost your immune system. 



Precautions


There are a few more precautions you can take:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth without first washing our hands properly. 
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue.
- Clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces frequently.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.

 

This article does not provide medical advice. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.