Simple and easy tips to boost your immune system to fight coronavirus

1. Eat warm food to warm your body

It’s not just toilet papers and eggs that people are hoarding. Teas and canned soups are disappearing fast, as they are trying to boost immune system to fight coronavirus.  Although you won’t be able to change your body overnight, it’s a great thing to become conscious about what you eat and their impact on your body. At the end of the day, we are what we eat. Food is critical to keep your body strong. 

One of the things you can do is to eat and drink warm things that contain nutrients capable of fighting aggressive germs. Warm foods warm your body, which helps boost your immune system as it functions best when your body temperatures are somewhere between 36.5 C (97.7 F) and 37 C (98.6 F). You may think that it’s the average body temperatures anyway, but in reality it’s no longer the case. Our body are becoming colder, and today they are around 97.5 F, which is the lower boundary of the ideal range. It’s very likely that your body is too cold for your immune system to function effectively. You may want to  check your temperature and know your body better.

Warm foods are important because we are surrounded by cold food and drinks. Drinking tea is good, but it may also be important to cut back iced drinks like soda that make your body colder and colder. If you can’t find teas at local grocery stores, you can simply drink hot water. I do that all the time since it feels soothing for my tummy. Your grandma would also agree, especially with some lemon and honey.

It also helps to eat warm meals all the time. How about choosing boiled vegetables over salads, as they are cold dishes? Now that you stay at home and may have time to cook, you can experiment. Today I boiled Japanese pumpkin (kabocha), which is rich in Vitamin C, E and beta carotene. They are all antioxidants, therefore great to improve your immune system.

The best part of boiling kabocha is the fact that you don’t have to add anything since it’s pretty sweet on its own. It may taste like sweeter version of baked/re-fried beans, which are rich in fiber like kabocha. 

Kabocha (Japanese pumpkin) is kind of squash that is denser, creamier and richer in flavor.

Once you remove seeds and pith, your kabocha is ready to go. It’s okay to leave skin.

In a pan, add water to barely cover cut pumpkins. Start boiling.

You can remove scam as water starts boiling. I used MUJI’s scam remover.

Reduce heat, cover it with a lid and leave it for 20 minutes or longer, until they are soft.

Soft and sweet…you could also make paste for desserts.