Given a choice between a healthy immune system and money, what would you choose?
I am quite sure, had this been a choice put before the latest coronavirus pandemic, many of us would have preferred money over immunity assuming, a significant bank balance can take care of the health😊.
Covid-19 Fact: The recent coronavirus pandemic has affected over 27 million people across the world with approx. 1 million deaths.
Have you ever wondered why two individuals’ symptoms differently to the same level of illness exposure — probably one of them gets sick, while the other might not have been affected much?
The answer lies in the genetic and immunity differences of individuals. While one cannot do much on the genetic difference which is mostly hereditary, the immune system can be boosted both naturally or through supplements.
Please note, boosting the immune system naturally is always the preferred option.
Now before moving to the tips on improving the immune system, let’s understand its basic definition.
The immune system is nothing but your defense mechanism which consists of a network of organs, tissues, and cells that work together to keep you healthy by fighting off harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, etc. and defending the body against infections.
It is easy for harmful bacteria and viruses to enter your body and cause damage to it if you have a weak immune system.
The immune system acts as a shield between your body and the things that can make you sick. Not only that, but the system also keeps a record of every germ it has ever defeated so it can recognize and destroy the microbe quickly if it enters the body again.
Tips to boost your immune system naturally
A healthy immune system reduces your risk of virus infection and flu. While boosting your immunity is easier said than done, with little change in your diet and routine, you can ensure that your immune system is strong enough to protect you against the virus infection.
Include these super-foods/herbs in your daily diet
Used for hundred of years in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine, the Neem tree is termed as Azadirachta indica in Latin, and is also referred as “Indian Lilac.
Neem helps boost your immune system and cools down your body internally. It possesses both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that help keep your skin clean, glowing, and healthy.
Neem also has blood-purifying properties. It supports clear toxins and impurities from the blood leaving you with a strengthened immune system.
Turmeric, since time immemorial, has been touted as one of the healthiest medicinal spices of India. In one of the research published in the paper PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science), curcumin, a compound present in turmeric is understood to possess an anti-inflammatory property that supports enhancing the immune system.
Including turmeric on your daily diet can do wonders for your body. Consumption of turmeric milk can help you prevent infections, colds, flu, and many other health issues. Various studies have also mentioned that turmeric can boost brain function and improve memory.
Ginger is packed with immune-boosting benefits, making it a “go-to” ingredient in many of my healthy recipes.
First off, ginger is antibacterial so it helps support the immune system and it can help to cease nausea and soothe an upset tummy.
Amla is a superfood with amazing health benefits. Multiple studies have shown that Amla strengthens immunity with a rich source of Vitamin C and A.
Amla juice is a rich source of antioxidants and also enriched with essential micro-nutrients.
Consider sipping on its goodness daily for detoxing and racing up your immunity level. Amla juice is fantastic for skin, eyesight, hair, heart as well as diabetes.
Lemons are rich in vitamin C, a natural antioxidant that enhances the immune system and has antiviral and antibacterial properties.
They are also coupled with other claimed benefits and uses like it prevents bacterial growth and infections, relieves nausea, etc.
The best way to consume lemon is to to take it with warm water and honey as it is hard to consume them alone due to its intense sour taste.
Oranges are great for your skin, heart and good eye health. Like lemons, oranges are also enriched with vitamin C content and are associated with boosting the immune system.
And not only they boost your immune system but also enhance your skin and improve your heart health by controlling sugar and cholesterol levels.
Honey’s antioxidant and antibacterial properties help improves the digestive system and amplify immunity. It is also a dynamo of antioxidants, which are very effective for the removal of free radicals from the body.
Honey is also known for its many benefits such as aiding in weight loss, boosting energy, treating cough, improving sleep, treating burns and wounds, preventing heart diseases, and curing a hangover. It is also proven to be beneficial for hair and skin.
Chyawanprash is a widely sold and consumed dietary supplement in India. Often, it’s difficult to have the required super-foods as part of our daily diet due to our food and lifestyle habits. Having Chyawanprash twice a day, makes sure to provide us with the daily desired levels of super-foods.
Being an Ayurvedic health supplement, which is made up of a super-concentrated blend of nutrient-rich herbs and minerals, Chyawanprash is meant to improve your immune system and to preserve strength, stamina, and vitality, while delaying the course of aging.
Few other easy ways to boost your immune system
1. Drinking hot/warm water
Sipping water hot or cold keeps your body healthy and hydrated. However, drinking hot water has some exclusive benefits of their own. It improves digestion, relieves congestion, and even promotes relaxation.
You can have 2-3 glasses of hot water per day to start with (preferably after waking up and before sleep) as transforming a regular habit takes time.
2. Practice meditation
As the research on the effects of meditation grows, one of the most interesting conclusions being drawn is that meditation can boost your immune system in addition to other benefits like reduced stress levels, self-awareness, better emotional health, etc.
Essentially, when you are practicing mindfulness meditation – paying attention to the present moment, without judgment – your body naturally responds by calming down. And that facilitates your immune system to do what it needs to do to take care of you.
3. Physical activity
Take out some time for physical activity like Yoga, Running, or any sport which you like. This will help to keep your body active throughout the day. If nothing excites you, you should do daily work out of 30 to 60 minutes of moderate to brisk activity to boost your immune system.
If you are not able to do any workout, simply jog on the spot every day at different times – maybe ten minutes at a time, three to five times a day.
The present corona-virus situation highlights the need to improve the immune system and reinforce health position which is often being neglected due to our lifestyle choices. People have never been this conscious about their fitness, as they are today.
And in the present COVID-19 situations when other options like Gymming or swimming are not recommended, one of the best ways to boost your immunity and stay fit is running combined with yoga and a balanced diet.
A healthy diet coupled with basic pranayama and meditation will not only boost your immunity but will also develop positivity amongst you and the surroundings.
Thank You for reading it through. The purpose of this post was to not only highlight the importance of a healthy immune system but to share some easy ways with you through which the immunity can be improved.
Most of the super-foods/herbs cited over are common and can be easily found in your kitchen or at your local vendors. If you wish, you can also shop for the same form the above-mentioned product links.
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