Top 6 Immunity Boosting Foods
mmunity is the body’s ability to resist any infection. While it is a general understanding that most of us have a good immune system, however, it is not true. Our immune system can be hampered due to various reasons. Stress, poor nutrition, smoking, drug addiction, even prolonged use of medication for any ailment. While there are many reasons for low immunity, there are many ways to boost one’s immunity. Here are some tips to help you.
Now that we know and understand the 6 main areas by which we can boost immunity, the journey to healthy living begins. Food is always a source of the essential nutrients that are required by the body. Some of the food (commonly found), that when included in your daily diet increases the body’s resistance to infections and ailments are:
- Curd - The humble curd/yogurt contains probiotics that boost immune function and can even be seen to reduce the length and severity of colds. Give yourself a double dose of this wonder food every day to keep your gut and immunity on the top.
- Tea - “Teatime” is always a welcome time in most parts of our country, as it rejuvenates and gives us the most needed boost to continue our work. It contains antioxidants that boost the immune system and must be included in our daily diet. Freshly grated ginger steeped it in hot water to make tea, boosts the immune system, and also rejuvenates the body.
- Ginger - Another house-hold ingredient that is available at all times is the ginger. Ginger has become a very important part of the Indian kitchen, not only as a medicine but also as a spice and flavor enhancer. Regularly used in “masala chai”, ginger is said to have anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties.
- Turmeric - The yellow pod that is filled with a beautiful earthy aroma is another natural food substance that contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. The compound “Curcumin” in turmeric aids in the management of oxidative and inflammatory conditions, and also helps in boosting immunity.
- Nuts - Almonds and sunflower seeds are rich in Vitamin E, which is said to improve the immune function by fighting free radicals that can damage cells.
- Citrus fruits and vegetables - Intake of Vitamin C rich fruits, such as oranges, lemons, kiwi, and vegetables such as carrots, capsicum, spinach, cauliflower are often seen to reduce the duration of common cold symptoms and improve the function of the immune system.
These 6 food items can be found in your daily pantry and that is the sole reason to highlight their inclusion in your daily diet. However, there are many other food items that are a rich source of antioxidants and immunity-boosting compounds, but that is for us to discuss in another article.
Eat right, stay fit.