Dos and Don’ts for Senior Citizens amid COVID-19 pandemic

None of us ever would’ve imagined living through a pandemic but the world has actually come to a standstill to fight off this deadly monster. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a pandemic is a global spread of a disease and it’s definitely put us all back in our homes. Time and again we’re being told how the elderly are the most at risk and all of us are trying to make sure that our senior citizens are looked after. So here are a few tips to help them out.

Why Seniors are More Vulnerable?

Immunity weakens as one grows older. Age progresses with a host of mild and severe health conditions and that’s what makes older people more prone to catching viruses and infections.

So here’s what we’ve done for you. Apart from the well-repeated advice of “stay at home” and “wash your hands repeatedly” we’ve collated a list of Do’s and Don’ts to make the lockdown a little easier and safer to live with for the mature and venerable.

DO’s

  • Get those Nutrients in - Ensure proper nutrition. This includes:
    • Home-cooked fresh hot meals
    • Lots of water
    • Fresh juices to boost immunity
    • 1 tablespoon of a mixture of ginger and jaggery at least twice a day
    • Black pepper in your meals or vegetable soups with black pepper powder twice a day
    • Fresh fruits & fresh vegetables
    • Grains and pulses without too many spices

  • Stay Active - Exercise and meditate.
    It can be hard exercising when you are not allowed to go outside. But, try to stay active by taking walks inside your home. You can also try to do light stretching exercises if your body allows or climb steps a few times a day if possible.

  • Don’t forget your Meds - Take your prescribed medicines regularly, do not stop them unless your doctor asks you to. Talk to your doctor over the phone and keep continuing your monthly health reviews. If you are diabetic, check your sugar levels at home. Take all measures to control your blood sugar levels at this time.

  • Stay in Touch - Talk to your family members (not staying with you), relatives, friends via call or video conferencing, take help from family members if needed.

  • Avoid Doctor Visits, if possible - Postpone your elective surgeries and regular health check-ups unless an emergency comes up. Try to keep yourself healthy and stay in touch with your doctor through the phone, whatsapp or email.

  • Disinfect - Clean frequently touched surfaces with disinfectant regularly. Keep a hand sanitizer within reach at all times. Always wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after touching something that you bought from the outside like fruits, vegetables, etc. Keep your surroundings clean and avoid touching your face.

  • Look After Yourself - Monitor your health. If you develop a fever, cough and/or breathing difficulty contact the nearest health care facility immediately and follow the medical advice rendered. If you get a fever during this time the following medicines can help (you can order them online):
    • Panchatiktakam kashayam - 60 ml twice a day
    • Hingula Bhasmam Gulika - 2 tabs along with kashayam

DON’TS

  • Avoid fried, packaged and processed foods

  • Every-time you buy something from the outside - vegetables, fruits, bread, milk, etc. make sure you disinfect them. You can wipe the packets down with dettol or wash the fruits and veggies in water to which you have added some baking soda. Wash your hands after doing the same.

  • Do not cough or sneeze into your bare hands or without covering your face. Use your elbow or a handkerchief. Keep your hand sanitizer handy and disinfect right after.

  • Don’t go near your contacts if you are suffering from fever and cough. Try to maintain distance if you are sick, take medicines on time and keep in touch with your doctor. If things get worse don’t hesitate to go to a hospital.

  • Don’t touch your eyes, face, nose, and tongue. Your hands touch a lot of surfaces, if you touch your face, eye, etc. with those hands it can lead to easy transmission of germs. Stay alert and avoid touching.

  • Don’t self-medicate. If you are sick, don’t take medicines on your own, it is a good idea to ask your doctor to advise you on the same over the phone, whatsapp or email. If the medicine doesn’t suit you it can lead to adverse consequences.

  • Don’t shake hands or hug your friends and near ones. Maintain distance even with the people living in your home and try to use digital communication as much as possible.

  • Don’t go out unless it is absolutely essential. Ask someone else from your family, or a friendly neighbour if possible to get your things that are absolutely necessary. 

Self-care

Self-care is very important at this time. To stay healthy and avoid illness do the following:

  • Rest and sleep
  • Catch the early morning sun, the sunlight can work miracles for your health
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Take a hot shower and drink hot water/liquids to help ease a sore throat and cough

 

You can also follow these natural treatments to boost immunity:

  • Take Turmeric (Haldi) milk
  • Try to eat only seasonal fruits and vegetables
  • Fruits like orange, lemon contain vitamin C which promotes immunity eat them in good quantity
  • Avoid all fried food, packed food, processed food, and food containing wheat flour (maida). These are all known to reduce immunity.

Let Ayurveda Help

Ayurvedic Herbs to Boost Your Immunity
Ayurveda offers a host of herbs that are wonderful immunity boosters. If you have been healing yourself with Ayurveda you may have some of these at home already!

  1. Ashwagandha - These trying times can stress us out and stress is a major cause of immunity-related problems such as a common cold. Ashwagandha can help you. It is a natural remedy that helps to boost immunity. Consumption of Ashwagandha calms the nerves and works to treat Vata imbalance. You can take a glass of warm water and mix 5-8 gms of Ashwagandha powder in it. The solution will regulate cortisol in your body, which helps reduce stress.

  2. Tulsi - Tulsi is called the queen of Ayurvedic herbs since every part of it contains medicinal properties. The antibacterial and antiviral properties present in Tulsi help to improve immunity. It can treat any type of respiratory problems like coughs & common colds - which is where the coronavirus first attacks. It is easily available and a very good herb to include in your diet in these trying times. It also works wonders for blood sugar by regulating insulin levels.

    How To Consume:
    Take 3 gms of Tulsi in the morning with warm water
    Or, Chew 3-5 fresh leaves of Tulsi in the morning

  3. Amla - Amla contains a lot of Vitamin C that works to boost the immunity of the body and improves metabolism. It can fight against several harmful viruses and bacteria that prevent ailments such as cold and flu. This is again very easily available and works miracles when it comes to boosting immunity.

    How To Consume:
    Take 1 tablespoon of Amla with warm water every morning
    Or, Take 1-2 capsules of Amla in the morning on an empty stomach

  4. Neem - Neem has antimicrobial properties and purifies your blood. It is capable of fighting off virus cells and helps to boost immunity. You may chew 8-10 neem leaves daily or drink neem tea for the best results.

    How To Consume:
    Take 1 tablespoon of Neem powder with warm water every morning
    Or, Take 1-2 capsules of Neem in the morning on an empty stomach

Ayurvedic Medicine For Immunity

Nirogam is one of the best and trusted places to get yourself some pure and authentic Ayurvedic medicine. We have solved the hassle and curated an Immunity Booster Pack that is the ultimate Ayurvedic immunity enhancer.

This natural pack contains :

  • Amla 60 Capsules x 1
  • Neem 60 capsules x 1
  • Guduchi Powder 100 gm x 1

Dosage:

  • Amla capsules - One capsule can be taken with warm water either in the morning on an empty stomach, before bedtime or during the day 30 minutes before lunch.
  • Neem capsules - One capsule can be taken with warm water either in the morning on an empty stomach, before bedtime or during the day 30 minutes before lunch.
  • Guduchi powder -1 tsp mixed with a glass of warm water or milk in the morning on an empty stomach

You can also try:


Conclusion
These do’s and don’ts can be followed by anyone and everyone. They also act as a general guideline to maintain good health. If you feel you have low immunity consider the herbs mentioned in this article. You can also book an online consultation with one of the doctors at Nirogam for personalized help.

Stay Safe and Stay Positive.

References:
https://www.who.int/
https://nirogam.com/
https://nirogam.com/blogs/news/boost-your-immunity-with-ayurveda
https://nirogam.com/products/consultation-with-an-expert-ayurvedic-doctor-for-30-minutes-including-diet-and-lifestyle-guidelines

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Dr. Greeshma Nair


Dr. Greeshma Nair(B.A.M.S) is a Staunch believer that Ayurveda is not merely a science but lifestyle too. Her holistic approach towards diagnosis and treatment is based on the root cause of disease and gives you a three-dimensional solution to a condition that includes Ahaar (diet), Vihaar (lifestyle) and Aushadhi (medicines).