Wet markets sell live poultry, fish, reptiles, and mammals of every kind. Animals may stay from days to weeks. Daily introduction of new animals provides optimum conditions for the development of disease agents such as influenza. Add the daily human contacts (including children) with the live animals, and conditions are optimal for the transfer and evolution of infectious disease agents. Although fresh produce is the mainstay of a wet market, other food items may be sold in the open marketplace depending on the region. For instance, in most parts of the Asia, live animals such as goat, lamb, pigs, poultry and fish as well as reptiles are offered for sale along with vegetables and fruits.
Butcher shops are often close by so the animals can be killed and prepared for eating. The practice is controversial, as some people protest against the marketplace killing of animals that are often kept in tiny cages until they are sold. Shoppers of wet market live animals tend to respond that they want to be sure their meat is of high quality and free from disease.There are markets like this all over the world, where fish, poultry and other animals are slaughtered and butchered right on the premises. They often have many different kinds of exotic animals. The stress of captivity weakens the animals’ immune systems and creates an environment where mutating viruses can slip from one species to another. When that happens, a new strain of a virus can occasionally get a foothold in humans.
Eating wild animal is considered a symbol of wealth because they are more rare and expensive. And wild animals is also considered more natural and nutritious.
Common foodborne viruses are single stranded RNA viruses which are adaptable and extremely resistant to environmental stress factors. Usual routes of food contamination are via stool material by persons shedding intestinal virus, or by saliva aerosols generated by shedding persons when coughing. Contamination of meat by animal viruses occurs when good hygienic and manufacturing practice fails. Once within food, viruses cannot replicate since they require living cells for this; hence food is not sensorily altered. Preventive measures in meat processing against pathogenic bacteria frequently have poor antiviral performance, while diagnostic techniques for viruses remain problematic.
Despite the fact that your world teams with infectious microorganisms, most of the time, you’re reasonable healthy, right? Thank your immune system, which defends you from disease-causing microbes. Now, step beyond gratitude to optimize the function of that system. Our immune systems are designed to fight off sicknesses and viruses. But unfortunately, the immune system can get worn down by many things typical of a modern life—for example, stress, toxins, lack of exercise, and unhealthy eating. This prevents our bodies from effectively fighting off sickness. With virus continuing to spread, it’s more important than ever to support the immune system. We can do this by making a few key tweaks to our thoughts, actions, and habits.
Here are few essential ways to boost your immunity in preparation:
Get enough sleep and manage stress.Sleep deprivation and stress overload increase the hormone cortisol, prolonged elevation of which suppresses immune function.
Avoid tobacco smoke. It undermines basic immune defenses and raises the risk of bronchitis and pneumonia in everyone, and middle ear infections in kids.
Drink less alcohol. Excessive consumption impairs the immune system and increases vulnerability to lung infections.
Eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds, which will provide your body with the nutrients your immune system needs. A study in older adults showed that boosting fruit and vegetable intake improved antibody response to the Pneumovax vaccine, which protects against Streptococcus pneumonia.
Consider probiotics. Studies indicate supplements reduce the incidence of respiratory and gastrointestinal infections. Fermented milk products have also been shown to reduce respiratory infections in adults and kids.
Catch some rays. Sunlight triggers the skin’s production of vitamin D. In the summer, a 10-15 minute exposure (minus sunscreen) is enough. However, above 42 degrees latitude (Boston) from November through February, sunlight is too feeble and few foods contain this vitamin. Low vitamin D levels correlate with a greater risk of respiratory infection. A 2010 study in kids showed that 1200 IU a day of supplemental vitamin D reduced the risk of influenza A. However, a 2012 study that involved supplementing adults with colon cancer with 1000 IU a day failed to demonstrate protection against upper respiratory infections.
Go for the garlic.Garlic is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent and immune booster. Because heat deactivates a key active ingredient, add it to foods just before serving.
Eat medicinal mushrooms, such as shiitake and maitake (sometimes sold as “hen of the woods”). A recent study showed that a concentrated extract of shiitake enhanced immune function in women with breast cancer.
Try immune-supportive herbs. If you get recurrent infections, consider taking immune-supportive herbs such as eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticocus), Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng), American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), or astragalus (A. membranaceus).
Make an echinacea tincture. This is good to have on hand when respiratory viruses overwhelm your defenses.
Yoga can help stimulate the four main physiological systems that are linked to the immune system: the circulatory, digestive, nervous, and endocrine systems. Your immune system is a controlled and well-ordered groupings of cells, tissues, and organs to defend harmful microorganisms, viruses and germs. Our bodies with poor immune system fail to resist infection, disease and other harmful biological invasions.
Our immune system starts malfunctioning for stress, bad eating habits, disruptive lifestyle, diabetes, heart problems, cancer and many others. Medicine can work in short term with several side effects but Yoga can restore the regular functions of immune system with positive effects in your body and mind. Yoga does not mean only the yoga poses. it is must to practice Yoga to boost immunity. In our yoga classes we advise everyone to follow 5 limbs to boost their immune system naturally-
Nadi Suddhi (Activate oxygen level)
Surya Namaskar (Activate Blood Velocity)
Asana (Yoga Poses)
Pranayama (Breathing Techniques)
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