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10 Indian Habits To Follow To Avoid Infections

With the outbreak of Coronavirus that has affected the entire world and made people to get locked down in their home, we realized the importance of following good habits. Following good habits in current situation is must to avoid ourself from getting infected and not letting others to get infected from us. Also, following good habits in daily life is always advantageous and beneficial for our lifestyle.
If you are already infected or sick then, most importantly don't forget to visit the WHO official website for the accurate information on what you should do to avoid spreading of infection.

Here are the list of habits from our own Indian culture that can help from staying away from infections.

1. Healthy Food

Indian kitchen always has a variety of spices which are used daily. These foods are reach in nutrients and can give you an immunity boost. The spices also have anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. Example is Turmeric which is also known as 'Indian Saffron'Turmeric is a spice that has received much interest from both the medical/scientific worlds as well as from the culinary world.The medicinal properties of turmeric, the source of curcumin, have been known for thousands of years; however, the ability to determine the exact mechanism of action and to determine the bio-active components have only recently been investigated. Turmeric is thought to have many medicinal properties including strengthening the overall energy of the body. Nevertheless, you should have food that keeps you healthy and fit.

2. Washing feet before entering home

The tradition of washing the feet before entering home is also considered as best practice. If you ever been as a guest to any traditional Indian home, you would know that they will give you water to wash your feet before entering inside. The human feet comes into contact with the surfaces which may have harmful micro-organisms. So this practice will definitely help in keeping these infections from entering your home.

3. Keeping shoes outside the house

There is a study that discovered large numbers of bacteria will be on the bottom and inside of shoes. In Indian tradition, shoes are not allowed inside the home. Keeping shoes outside can help you to avoiding harmful infectious agents from entering your home and avoiding infections. Also washing hands after you touch your shoes is considered important. This is one of the healthy habit in India.

4. Greet Namaste!

Recently, many videos have gone viral where world leaders are seen greeting others with Indian style - Namaste. Namaskar or Namaste, this gesture is used to welcome guests or relatives, as well as for acknowledging strangers and works both as salutation and valediction. The gesture is said to express honor, courtesy, politeness, hospitality and gratitude to the other person. By greeting this way at a distance you never touch the other person and hence the chances of spreading infection is less.

5. Drinking water without allowing the lips to touch the glass or bottle

If you have never done this before be careful, as you may even choke yourself. But if you do it slowly it is not that difficult. Indians are expert at this. Drinking water this way may reduce the probability of transmission of infectious agents from saliva. But if your hands are carrying some infectious agent as you touch the glass or bottle and if others touch it later, you may end up passing on the infection to others.

7. Taking shower immediately after attending funeral

The people who attend the funeral or any activity where you get exposed to the dead body and hence to the bacteria that participate in the decomposition of a dead body. That is the reason, in India one is not even allowed to sit anywhere or touch anything or anyone else in the house and are asked to bathe immediately.

8. Practicing yoga and meditation 

Yoga and meditation can help you stay fit and mentally stable while you remain isolated and it can also help you in avoid in the risk of the transmission of infections from the gym equipment.

9. Visiting religious gathering

If you are a religious person instead of having a mandatory Sunday visit to the church or a temple, you might consider praying at home. In their traditional system Hindus need not have any compulsory visit to Temple. They have their tiny temples inside their homes.

10. Drinking water from copper vessel

Copper is antimicrobial. It stimulates the brain, aids in weight loss and slows down aging. According to the American Cancer Society, it helps in fighting off cancer.

If you know about any other traditions that Indians follow to stay away from infections which is not covered in this article, then let us know in your comments.

Some traditions date way back in time but are relevant even today. and it does not harm to follow them when you know you can benefit from them. Spread the word!