Kazakh health experts share tips to boost immune system amidst COVID-19 pandemic
With the spread of the novel coronavirus infection, many people are wondering how to keep the immune system healthy. Famous Kazakh medical workers shared their recommendations with Kazakh TV.
First of all, it is necessary to improve liver health, said Doctor of Medical Science and Chief Freelance Hepatologist of the Public Health Department of Nur-Sultan Venera Rakhmetova. She said that liver performs many functions, including participating in the reactions of the immune system, which, in turn, determines the level of resistance to infection. That is why people should protect liver and prevent liver damage.
“The caloric value of food should not exceed 2,800 to 2,900 kilocalories. In terms of preparing food, it is better to eat the food in boiled form or in stewed form, baking in the oven is also allowed. It is necessary to exclude fatty foods, semi-finished products and unhealthy snacks containing a lot of salt and sugar. Sugary drinks should also be excluded from nutrition,” Rakhmetova said.
She also added that the diet should be structured in such a way that it contains all the necessary foods from different categories. Rakhmetova stressed that a healthy lifestyle, sufficient physical activity, and anti-epidemic measures are the key to the prevention of COVID-19 infection and the speedy recovery, if the person got infected.
President of the Academy of Preventive Medicine of Kazakhstan Almaz Sharman agrees that the proper nutrition improves the immunity. He said that it is also recommended to drink more fluids, and preferably with lemon.
“If the health condition allows, then it is better to go outside, take a sun bath and get some fresh air. Taking antibiotics without a doctor’s prescription is not recommended in order not to weaken the immunity,” Sharman said.
Chairperson of the National Scientific Medical Center Abai Baigenzhin also said that a person who takes antibiotics uncontrollably can damage his or her immune system. Baigenzhin used the famous words of Avicenna to describe the situation when Kazakh residents started panic buying of various medicines and taking them: “Illusion is half sickness, calmness is half the cure and patience is the first step of healing.”