Just when we thought the pandemic was over and slowly when the world was going back to being “Normal”, the Covid created havoc across the world again and with a larger momentum in India this time.
We have seen days where more than three lakh cases were reported. The acute shortage of beds and oxygen made the situation worse. But the doctors have reassured that about 80% of covid-19 patients recovered with the help of teleconsultations. Technological advancement has saved many lives that humans will be ever grateful to.
Therefore, it is advisable not to run to the hospital if you are tested positive. You can consult doctors online. Constant touch with the doctor is a necessity. The doctor would then advise what you should do and whether to be at home in isolation or get hospitalized according to your health conditions.
Another problem faced by patients during the recovery phase is the question ‘How to deal with weakness among various other issues?’ It merely takes over two weeks to recover for patients carrying mild symptoms. Patients with moderate and severe infections take a month and a half to recover. The weakness pertains to the recovery phase too. Therefore, people take extra care and should get into a habit of healthy eating patterns and drink more water than ever.
If you know someone recovering or if you are recovering from this virus, the following trick can be used to overcome the weakness post covid recovery:-
Include various fruits in your diet
Start your day with fresh fruit and not tea or coffee. Include fruits like pomegranate, orange, apple, and papaya or anything seasonal or local to where you stay.
If you dislike fruits early in the morning, take them in the form of juice and remember to eat the pulp later on. But if possible try to eat those fruits in the morning.
Drink Turmeric Milk (Haldi Wala Doodh)
Turmeric milk is a traditional drink in India which has been consumed for minor illnesses like cold and cough since ancient times. Drinking this before sleeping at night strengthens bones and provides energy and removes weakness from the body the next morning.
Include Colorful Vegetables in Your Diet
Vegetables are essential for your body. Make sure you include all kinds of vegetables. Your plate should be colourful with various types of vegetables you find in the market. Different vegetables should be served for different meals. Vegetable soup made with spinach, carrots, tomatoes, and beetroot juice can be taken throughout the day.
Protein Protein Protein!
A protein-rich diet is necessary for post covid recovery. This will help you heal faster and gives an immense boost to the body. However, one must keep in mind to eat things that are easy to digest, so that the body doesn’t have to work hard to digest what you have consumed.
Take Steam treatment
One must take steam at least three times a day with plain piping hot water for treating cold, cough, and congestion. Taking steam with plane water two-three times a day has proven beneficial in treating symptoms like cold and cough. This also helps to improve the respiratory issues and issues in the nasal airways.
Drink Lots of Water
Keeping yourself hydrated is extremely important post recovery or during the recovery phase. Make a habit of drinking warm water rather than cold water. And make sure you keep drinking it at regular intervals of the day. You can also include various fruits and vegetable juices or coconut water too. But keep yourself hydrated.
Include essential multivitamins in your Diet
Multivitamins are recommended by doctors. Do not discontinue the intake of your multivitamins like vitamin C and zinc just because you have tested Covid negative. These multivitamins are consumed to remove toxins from the body. The inclusion of citrus fruits like strawberries, bell peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, and asparagus will give the body the required vitamin C which is essential in fighting covid.
Consuming Vitamin-A-rich food with beta-carotene like Carrots, pumpkin, oranges, sweet potatoes, mangoes, leafy green vegetables and fishes like salmon are essential as well.
Foods having powerful antioxidants like nuts, seed oil like sunflower, safflower, almonds, yams, and similar others provide vitamin E necessary to the body.
Consume zinc-rich food like beans, legumes, meat, grains, seeds, nuts, dairy products, eggs, and dark chocolate to remove harmful toxins from the body and provide strength. Foods containing magnesium like broccoli, avocados, bananas, dried figs, guavas, kiwi fruit, papayas, blackberries, cantaloupes, and grapefruits provide worthy results and keep your body healthy.
Healthy food choices along with moderate exercises will not only keep you healthy but also help you fight minor ailments like flu. Practising meditation, yoga, walking, skipping and cycling also help produce a healthy body and stress-free mind which is imperative in maintaining holistic wellbeing.
Release Yourself From Pressure
After recovery, or once you get the negative report please do not try to compensate for the workload that you have missed. Take a slower step. You might still face weakness and other issues post-recovery too. Try to meditate or practise simple yoga, walk a little around your house, and don’t exercise much for a few more days or weeks.
Stay Isolated For a Few Days More
Even during the recovery phase keep checking your temperature, oxygen level and stay away from the rest of the family members. Ask the family members to wear a mask; you wear a mask for at least two weeks post-recovery.
Heal Your Lungs
Performing lung exercise post covid is extremely important as the virus has attacked your lungs. Exercises like breathing techniques taught in yoga to bowing candles using a spirometer can be performed. This will help to strengthen the lungs.
Protect Your Mental Wellbeing
Even after surviving a severe infection and coming out victorious, one can feel anxious, depressed, or traumatized by all the happening around and to the body. Try meditation, talking to a friend or your loved ones, listening to music, and journaling. If nothing works do not hesitate to take help from the therapist. Try to be happy and have good thoughts.
Therefore, following these easy tricks can help you get a speedy recovery and get you back on track. Practising various breathing exercises helps to heal the lungs damaged by the virus. One must refrain from doing stressful activities or the ones that give mental strain. It is advisable to seek help from a professional mental health care provider at any stage of your recovery phase. Try to do things that you like, whether it’s an old hobby or indulging yourself in your favourite pastime. Stay away from negative thoughts and practise meditation to keep yourself stress-free. Also, get a good amount of sleep for a speedy recovery.