Bangalore: Exam time is when many students find themselves weighed down by expectations, stress, and anxiety. While some complain of sleepless nights, others say they find it difficult to concentrate. The result is a reduction in the immunity level and increase in the frequency of illnesses, all of which can significantly reduce the energy, confidence and motivational levels of a student.
According to P. Maiya, Professor, Ramaiah Medical College: “The onset of almost all infectious and degenerative diseases is preceded or accompanied by poor immunity levels.”
“The immune system is crucial to the body as it fights disease-causing organisms and bacteria that would otherwise try to destroy good cells that are within our body and cause all sorts of illnesses and diseases,” he said.
Advising students to safeguard themselves from all infections, Dr. Maiya cautioned students to watch their diet, take adequate rest and sleep, exercise, get vaccinated and maintain cleanliness.
Avoid junk food
Foods that are processed, laden with fat and fed chemically can sabotage the human system.
“Dump the junk food and introduce functional foods that contain nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre. Include yogurt, garlic, fruits and bright coloured vegetables as part of your regular diet. Drink plenty of water to flush impurities and toxins from the system,” he advised.
Consultant paediatrician at Manipal Hospital Jagadish Chinnappa said the best way to de-stress is to take rest, sleep, relax and be patient. “Stress is a silent killer that can lead to heart disease, frequent seasonal illness and even depression. Try to maintain your six to eight hours of daily sleep cycle. The body builds up its resistance after a good sleep,” he said.
Physical exercises such as jogging, dancing, swimming, riding or walking for 30 minutes every day will help to ward off colds, infections and even depression. Exercise will help improve blood circulation, bowel movements, release endorphins or “good feel hormones”, Dr. Chinnappa said.
Good hygiene, particularly washing hands, can prevent viral transmissions from passing it to friends and family members. Most of the germs enter the body through eyes, ears and mouth.