Coronavirus is taking a toll on our immunity. As a result, hundreds of people are getting affected by COVID19 every day in the country. The worldwide researches targeting COVID19 Vaccines are yet to come in fruition. In the meantime what we can do is strengthen our immune system so that it can create antibodies to kill coronavirus; but how? Let’s focus on our daily life. Many of us start the morning with sipping from a cup of hot tea. Some people enjoy having refreshing tea in the evening after work. What if we create a habit of taking immune-boosting tea every day? It will not only freshen up the mind but also tone up the immune system of the body to knock out any viral infection. Read this article to know about some immune booster herbal teas.
If you are looking for the healthiest tea to start the morning with, drink green tea. It is a great source of caffeine which can provide an energy boost. What keeps green tea ahead of coffee is its amino L-theanine property, which delivers the body sustained energy for several hours preventing caffeine rush. Furthermore, Green Tea is rich in a variety of vitamin and mineral properties, like potassium (K), iron (Fe), calcium (Ca), protein, vitamin C, and vitamin A, which are necessary to better up the overall health.
Besides these, dried green tea leaves contain some other active substances like catechins, polysaccharides, fatty acids, essential oils, flavanols, chlorophyll, and many more plant substances. By virtue of these substances, green tea is blessed with diverse anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-enzymatic activities. Thus green tea can strengthen our immune system by preventing oxidative stress and autoimmune diseases.
How to Prepare Green Tea
Boil 2 cups of water for around 10 minutes. Put 1 tea bag or 1 tsp of green tea into the boiled water and let it steep for 3-5 minutes. Then remove the tea bag or strain the tea. For added flavor, you can add 1 tsp of lemon juice and 1 tsp of honey to the green tea.
If you are suffering from sleep deprivation, drink Chamomile tea every night before going to bed. Chamomile tea can calm nerves and release stress. What is it's magic? Chamomile tea contains an antioxidant called apigenin, which binds up to certain receptors of the human brain promoting sleep and reducing insomnia. After having sufficient sleep, the human body can make cytokines, a kind of protein that creates an effective immune response through fighting against infection and inflammation. Additionally, Chamomile tea can ease stomach pain, promote digestive health, control blood sugar levels, and clear up skin problems.
Chamomile tea has more to offer! You may know that White blood cells (WBC) play a vital role in the human body's immune system. When a foreign virus, bacteria, or fungi invades into the blood, WBCs search, recognize and destroy those invasive particles before they can cause disease. Chamomile tea can boost up your body’s production of WBCs that can destroy viruses, bacteria, and fungi. You can add Chamomile tea to your diet, to prepare your immune system in the impending war against COVID19.
How to Prepare Chamomile Tea
Put 1 tea bag or 1 tsp of Chamomile tea into hot boiled water. Then let the tea leaves steep for about 4 minutes. Then remove the tea bag or apply a filter. Adding 1 tsp of lemon juice with 1 tsp of honey can make your Chamomile tea more refreshing.
Besides applying as a cooking ingredient in curries and other dishes, Turmeric can be consumed in the form of tea to strengthen your immunity in a natural way. Turmeric is rich in Curcumin, a bioactive compound, which serves as an anti-inflammatory agent. Curcumin may help the immune system of your body to knock out diverse viruses, especially flu.
As a powerful antioxidant Turmeric contains a high amount of anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe your nerves and heal the body-cells from within. Turmeric has many other benefits like lowering blood sugar levels, which can prevent type 2 diabetes. Some researches show that turmeric can reduce LDL "bad" cholesterol offering heart-protective possibilities. Turmeric is praised worldwide as a natural immune booster for its detoxifying ability that flushes out toxins from the blood cells.
How to Prepare Turmeric Tea
Mix 2 tsp of natural turmeric to 2 cups of water. In this mixture, you can also put some more spices like 1 tsp of ginger, a pinch of black pepper, 1 tsp of cinnamon, a pinch of clove, and a pinch of nutmeg. Now boil the mixture for 10 minutes. After straining the drink, you can also add 1 tsp of honey to enhance the taste.
Whenever you experience cold ailments like sore throat, constant headache, body pain, jammed nose, or watery eyes, one of the best home remedies you can opt for is having a steaming cup of Lemon tea. It can provide instant relief to your health system. In addition to this, Lemon tea can offer innumerable benefits like reducing pain and inflammation, lowering blood pressure, functioning of blood vessels, increasing urination to minimize fluid retention, improving digestion, etc. What is more? Lemon is used in the treatment for the common colds, flues, H1N1 (swine) flu, sinus inflammation, tinnitus, stomach upset, nausea, kidney stones, etc.
During the recent Coronavirus pandemic, doctors are applying vitamin C doses to treat COVID19, as there is no approved vaccine yet. The health specialists are suggesting people consume vitamin C every day to prevent COVID19 and other common kinds of viral infections. As lemons are good sources of Vitamin C, you can drink lemon tea instead of taking supplements.
How to Prepare Lemon Tea
First, boil 2 cups of water for about 10 minutes. Then simmer the heat and add 1 tsp of tea leaves. Let the tea leaves steep for a couple of minutes. After straining the tea, add 2 tsp of lemon juice. For extra flavor, you can add 1 tsp of honey to your lemon tea.
In traditional medicine, ginger root or powder has been widely applied to cure a variety of health issues like asthma, colds, coughs, nausea, morning sickness, arthritis, gastrointestinal disorders, travel illness, depression, etc. Ginger can not only halt the growth bacteria like E.coli, shigella, etc but also prevent virus infections. Ginger is loaded with Gingerols, an active compound that can save your mouth from oral bacteria. Ginger may help your immune system to fight against chronic diseases including lung disease, high blood pressure, heart problems, etc.
Ginger can help the immune system of your body in breaking down the stored toxins inside different organs. Ginger is naturally enriched with antioxidant properties that prevent damage to the DNA structure of your body cells. To toughen your immune system against COVID19, you can add ginger tea into your diet plan.
How to Prepare Ginger tea
Add 1tsp of ginger powder or fresh ginger to 2 cups of water. When the water comes to boiling add 1 tsp of black tea. Steep the mixture for a minute, then strain it. To make the drink healthier you can add 1 tsp of lemon juice and/or 1 tsp of honey.
There is no single ingredient that can serve as a magic pill to protect us from COVID19. To fortify the immunity system of the body, it is essential to reorganize your regular diet chart with immunity booster foods and drinks. So far we have discussed 5 types of herbal teas that can be prepared with common ingredients. Besides, refreshing the mind, these beverages can make your immune system stronger to fight off viral infections. However, the beverage-recipes might vary depending upon your precise taste and health conditions. Stay healthy!
Life is full of uncertainties. We can hardly assume what is coming beforehand. As a parent, it would be wise to start preparing our kids to learn some life skills so they can face the challenges life throws upon them. You may think that teaching kids life-skills can demand a considerable amount of time, effort, and patience. But why don’t you utilize the quarantine period for this endeavor? If your kids are taught some life-skills besides homeschooling, it will keep those young minds engaged in minimizing their boredom. Here goes some basic life skills to teach your children during Coronavirus home quarantine.
Every day we wake up with a new opportunity to restart our life. To make the best out of each day, it is essential to know how to manage the time. Your kid may know how to watch the clock for telling time but don't necessarily know the techniques of time measurement.
You can start by teaching your kid to organize a day on the basis of priorities, such as starting the day with brushing their teeth. You can set a ‘Timer’ to schedule a definitive amount of time to complete a task, like taking shower, putting on clothes/shoes, having breakfast, watching TV, cleaning a room, playing with toys, etc. Learning a verbal countdown can make your kid feel the flow of time.
However, beware of over-scheduling the life of your kid or teaching them to live by the continually ticking clock. Rather you can make it fun by setting rewards for completion of tasks on time. The more enjoyable you make time management for your kids, the more effective it will be to make them understand the significance and proficiency of time management.
Depending on age, you can teach your kid the value and importance of money. It will make them win the war against money in later life. Saving coins and money in a clear jar can be a nice start. It would be easier for the kids to learn money budgeting if they can understand that nothing is free in this world except parents’ love.
However, lecturing can hardly make a kid understand the money matters. Instead, you can apply some simple tricks. For instance, while buying a toy for your kid, encourage him to spend some cash from his own savings. You can also teach your kid about opportunity cost, in a way that if he gets the toy, he misses the chance to buy his favorite chocolate box.
When a kid gets free money from parents they may take it for granted. So you can give them money in the guise of rewards for completion of small tasks like organizing the bookshelf, watering plants, etc. Remember, your kids are observing your money spending behavior. Try to set a good example for them regarding how to spend money wisely being neither spendthrift nor parsimonious.
To make your kid learn to respect every job whether small or big, you can engage them in household tasks. Considering the age of the kid, you can teach it doing simple chores like separating dirty laundry, ironing clothes, washing dishes, cleaning a room, sewing Buttons, making breakfast, gardening, etc. Learning how to do these tasks will not only make your kid grow up as a self-dependent individual but also enable him to handle situations skilfully in the moment of necessity.
However, don’t pressurize your kid to undertake any job. Alternatively, you can teach the kid doing household chores in the way of asking for a helping hand. To make the kid feel proud of his ability to do the task, you can follow some innovative techniques like setting challenges or offering some incentives. For instance, if your kid can do the dishes, you will cook his favorite food, etc. Not to mention, rethink the associated safety risk of your kid before teaching him a bit tough chores, like sewing, cooking, etc.
Proficient communication skills are the doorway to success in both personal and professional life. It behooves upon the parents to start training a kid with good communication skills from childhood. Kids with poor interaction skills can hardly share their problems with near ones and tend to suffer from anxiety, frustration, or aggravated mental health issues. Developing personal interaction skills is considered a healthy social-emotional ability. It will make your kid able to understand, interact, and communicate with people more effectively within and beyond the family.
Your kid needs to be taught some life-skills like talking on points, perspective-talking, smart handling to criticism/ mocking, etc. You can set a topic and ask the kid to make a speech on it. You can also encourage your kid to judge an issue from a different viewpoint. Such small but encouraging initiatives can help your kid build up the ability of powerful communication. Reading the social cues, listening to other people’s voices, and making proper responses can make your kid smart enough to face the competitive world waiting outside the home.
Though accidents happen accidentally, precautions can minimize the level of risk. During the quarantine, you get the opportunity to teach your kid about basic life-saving skills. You can help your young kid to memorize its name, your home address, and phone number. It will help the kid return home safe, if it gets lost, unfortunately. While playing kids often get hurt, which might cause pain or blood loss. To prevent such mishaps you can train your kid how to use the first aid box.
In our daily life, kids might need to deal with some essential tools, like nail cutters, kitchen knives, matches, gardening tools, etc. Learning the safe applications of these tools would not only make your kid capable of diverse life-skills but also assure their safety. You can also organize a fire drill at home to teach your kid what to do if a flame initiates any corner of the house. Instead of getting worried or hiding inside home, teach your kid to leave the home instantly and call the fire service people as soon as possible. What is more? You can train your kid to ask for help if any unwanted incident happens when they are home alone. Teach them how to call the police, family members, or neighbors considering the gravity of the incidence.
As China is slowly recovering from the coronavirus pandemic and taking steps to restart its economy, the Chinese authorities on Monday urged the safe and orderly opening of tourist sites ahead of the upcoming five-day holiday in May.
Authorities across China should guarantee healthy travels during the holiday while trying to boost tourist consumption. Efforts should be made to control passenger flows, avoid gathering of crowds, implement reservation systems and raise public awareness of epidemic prevention and control.
Here are 3 tips to visit a tourist site safely – making an appointment before going out; ensuring personal protection while travelling; and checking temperature before entering a scenic spot.
Many respiratory viruses run rampant in colder months and wane in summer, including influenza and SARS. But will the spread of COVID-19 follow a similar seasonal pattern?
Experts have not found enough scientific evidence that heat and humidity will slow down the virus.
"The COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in all areas, including areas with hot and humid weather," the World Health Organization pointed out in a recent report, indicating that high temperatures have not managed to curb the virus' spread.
As Tom Kotsimbos, associate professor at Australia's Monash University and respiratory physician at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, told the Guardian, as this is a new virus, it "does not mean it will be like the others."
"It's interesting that (COVID-19) has spread all over the world quite quickly -- both north and south," he said, adding that the phenomenon suggests either the transmission of the new virus does not rely on temperature or that dependency is not important for its spread.
Though researchers are trying to dig out the relationship between the spread of COVID-19 and temperature, some have already drawn contradictory conclusions.
According to an article published April 2 on the medical journal The Lancet, researchers from the Public Health School of Hong Kong University found an inverse correlation between the temperature and the stability of the virus.
The virus is highly stable at 4 degrees Celsius and could be incubated for up to 14 days; with the incubation temperature increased to 70 degrees Celsius, the time for virus inactivation was reduced to 5 minutes, the researchers said.
By contrast, an article published April 8 on the European Respiratory journal said that researchers from China's Fudan University had found little association of COVID-19 transmission with temperature or UV radiation in Chinese cities.
By analyzing the cumulative number of cases in 224 cities with no fewer than 10 cases as of March 9, the basic reproduction number for 62 cities with over 50 cases as of Feb. 10, and meteorological data such as temperature, humidity, and UV radiation, the scientists concluded that "ambient temperature has no significant impact on the transmission ability of SARS-CoV-2."
"This is quite similar with MERS epidemic in the Arabian Peninsula where MERS cases continue when temperature are 45 degrees Celsius," they said.
Zhu Yifang, associate professor of environmental health sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles, told Xinhua that as related data in the studies are limited, it is uncertain whether the results can be globally verified.
Meanwhile, the possibility cannot be ruled out that the coming hot spells in the Northern Hemisphere might reduce the virus, Zhu said, adding that it also remains unknown whether the pandemic will stage a comeback during winter, becoming seasonal.
Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in this world.” There is no alternative to reading good books, to change you in a positive way. In this article, we are going to review the popular book ‘Think and Grow Rich (1937)’ by Napoleon Hill, one of the best-selling books of all time. This book can not only help you in shaping your mindset towards success but also keep your mind engaged for a while amid coronavirus pandemic.
American self-help author Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) shook the world with his well-thought and resourceful personal-success literature. Through his writings, Hill has explained the role of personal beliefs in achieving personal success. From 1933 to 1936, Hill worked as an advisor to American President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
In the book ‘Think and Grow Rich’, Napoleon Hill focuses on how the psychological power of the brain and mind can impact upon gaining both your career achievements and personal satisfaction. Here the author has explained 13 steps to think and grow rich:
A powerful desire is rooted in two kinds of motivation: ‘pull motivation’ (when the probable outcome of your goal pulls you towards that goal) and ‘push motivation’ (when the probable harm of not taking action pushes you towards action). The author defines 5 key areas which can influence your mindset for Desire: Career, leadership, money, failure, and other person’s desire.
Any kind of success starts with Faith. According to Hill, faith can be created through repeated affirmations to our subconscious mind. To utilize ‘Faith’ as an antidote of failure you need to encourage positive emotions (like confidence, courage, desire, etc) and eliminate negative emotions (like fear, doubt, uncertainty, lack of confidence, etc) from your mind. If you believe in yourself, you can make other people believe in you.
It is told that one’s subconscious mind controls one’s life. ‘Auto-suggestion’ can directly convey your desires to your subconscious mind in the guise of resolute faith. If an individual repeats his conscious desires in a routine way, he can gain absolute control over the thoughts which can reach his subconscious mind. Thus he can exercise control over his decisions, actions, and feelings.
Hill emphasizes acquiring specialized knowledge on the specific field which can bring you a fortune. To translate your desire into career, fame, monetary, or another kind of success, it is essential to gain specialized knowledge regarding that profession, service, or product.
Imagination is a magic wand that can produce and shape your ideas. In this book, Hill introduces the readers with two types of imagination: Synthetic imagination (reorganizing old plans, ideas, or desires into new blend) and creative imagination (extracting ideas from infinite intelligence, sixth sense, and inspirations).
If you hope to succeed but can’t take action accordingly, it won’t work. The author reminds you that every success starts with a desire, which is translated to reality by imagination, and finally gets implemented through an organized plan. However, your plan may not be perfect all the time. When the plan doesn’t work according to your expectations, accept failure, take lessons, and rebuild your plan. Quitters can never get the opportunity to cultivate success through long-term organized plans. So, don’t give up before reaching your goal.
Successful people tend to make any decision promptly. They surely know what they really want and haunt their desire whole-heartedly. It requires courage to make definite decisions. Procrastination can downplay your decision-making capacity. So, you must overcome it to achieve your goal.
Hill defines persistence as another major requisite of success. Though persistence mainly depends upon will power, it is also influenced by some other factors like precise knowledge, solid purpose, Habits, Self-reliance, the certainty of plans, staying out of negativity, accountability to encouraging people, etc. On the other hand, lack of persistence can be caused by some factors like procrastination, fear of criticism, lack of firm interest, irresolution, indifference, lack of strong desire, quitting mindset, lack of organized plans, looking for shortcuts, etc.
An individual can hardly acquire success without the power of mastermind. When a team of people helps an individual to carry out his plans, Hill calls them ‘mastermind’. It behooves you to decide who could be in your team and how could you form that team. According to Hill, the goal of a mastermind is translating knowledge into power, organizing definite purposes, and converting those plans into action.
Human’s subconscious mind connects his finite mind with infinite intelligence. Hill inspires the readers to use their subconscious minds as a medium to transmute their definite desires. If an individual fails to implant his own desires into his subconscious mind, it runs the risk of getting fed upon any negative thoughts that reach it. To gain control over the subconscious mind, Hill defines some positive emotions, like Desire, Faith, Hope, Enthusiasm, Love, etc. The author also warns about some negative emotions, like Fear, Hatred, Revenge, Envy, Greed, Superstition, and Anger.
According to Hill, every human brain serves as a station that broadcasts and receives the vibration of inner thought. The subconscious mind is the medium through which thoughts are sent to the brain. Creative imagination is the receiver tool to pick up the vibration of thoughts from the ether. When positive emotions can stimulate the vibration of thoughts, the brain becomes more receptive to those thoughts.
Hill reveals that one can understand one’s sixth sense through meditation, and development of mind from within. Once an individual can master the sixth sense, he can sense both an impending danger to avoid and probable opportunities to attain in time. The factors which can downplay your sixth sense are indecision, doubt, and fear. The fears include fear of poverty, fear of criticism, fear of ill health, fear of loss of love, fear of old age, fear of death, and vulnerability to negative influences. Now how to shield yourself from these negative forces? The solutions are constant use of willpower in achieving control over thoughts, mental immune against negative influences, finding the positive company, and controlling your subconscious mind.