Fever, cough, and fatigue are some of the most common symptoms of Covid-19. While medical supervision is necessary, a few diet and lifestyle changes can help you strengthen your immune system and recover well from the respiratory infection.
Ayurvedic doctor Dr Rekha Radhamony took to Instagram to share a sample Covid Ayurvedic protocol that can come in handy for those with mild symptoms who have been prescribed to be in home quarantine. However, those with serious symptoms should seek medical attention at the earliest.
Here’s what you need to keep in mind, as per Dr Radhamony.
Warm water with dry ginger and tulsi leaves
How to make it?
Boil water with a piece of dry ginger and reduce it to half the quantity, add tulsi leaves, and drink multiple times a day.
Have freshly cooked, warm meals
Have rice gruel or moong dal soup without salt and any fat added (ghee, oil etc) for lunch and dinner
Leave stomach half-empty after each meal
Dinner before 7pm
Spices and cooking
Add spices like cinnamon, pepper, cardamom, star anise, cloves to your diet.
Include dried ginger in cooking
Sleep at least eight hours every night without fail. “Immunity is made and re-stocked when you sleep. But do not sleep during the day,” she said.
If you have symptoms, skip fruits completely.
If you are asymptomatic, have pomegranate and grapes.
Have well-cooked vegetables. No raw vegetables or salads.
Bitter ones are the best – bitter gourd, ash gourd etc.
Reduce eggplants, tomato, potato and bell pepper in your diet.
Read a book, talk to people, listen to music or do something that helps you relax and makes you happy.
Avoid smoking and alcohol.
Dr Radhamony recommended having 1000mg of Guduchi. If there is a persistent cough, mix a tablespoon of honey with pepper powder and have 3-4 times a day.
If you have throat pain or congestion, do a hot water gargle with Himalayan Pink Salt and a teaspoon of dried turmeric powder.
“If you have respiratory symptoms, drink the following decoction twice daily before food,” she mentioned.
How to make it?
Boil two glasses of water
Add half a teaspoon of Trikatu churna, which is an equal proportion of dried ginger powder, pepper powder and long pepper powder.
Reduce to half a glass. Add tulsi leaves.
Add palm jaggery to taste.