Having a healthy Immune system is essential to keep you safe from unwanted sickness or helping you fight infections like cold or flu. Luckily, there are many ways in which we can boost our Immunity naturally but, we have to stick to some of them and include in our daily lifestyle to have the best results.
Firstly, before we begin make sure to stop any of the following bad practices:
- Don’t smoke(never!)
- If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
- Don’t overstress, Try to minimize stress.
- Don’t take any drugs(unprescribed)
- Don’t keep touching your face unnecessarily, especially when your outside.
Other important points to keep in your mind,
- Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables.
- Exercise regularly.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
Now let’s see in what ways can we can our boost Immunity.
Foods that help boost our Immunity:
1.Citrus fruits- Citrus fruits are packed with Vitamin C, they are thought to increase the production of white blood cells, which are key to fighting infections.
And since your body doesn’t produce it naturally you’re requried to take it on a daily basis. You can eat fruits rich in Vitamin C, rather than taking tablets. Fruits rich in Vitamin C are:
And, gooseberries or Also know as Amla, Amla is reported to contain nearly 20 times more vitamin C than oranges. While 100 gms of amla provide 600 mg of vitamin C, 100 gms of oranges provide only 30 mg. The vitamin C of one tiny amla is equivalent to about two oranges.
2.Ginger- Ginger has anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties, which help in keeping several ailments at bay and helps fighting infections.Due to its strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, ginger may boost immune health.
Upping your intake of antioxidant-rich foods and beverages like ginger shots may combat inflammation and keep your immune system healthy. Many test-tube and animal studies suggest that ginger can enhance immune response.
Ginger has been shown to have impressive antiviral activity thanks to its high concentration of potent plant compounds.
3.Turmeric– Curcumin, a component of turmeric, has been used as a food additive and herbal supplement due to its potential medicinal properties.
Previously, curcumin exhibited antiviral properties against several viruses, including dengue virus and hepatitis C virus, among others.
Although more reseach is need on this subject, Nevertheless turmeric helps the body naturally cleanse the respiratory tract, so it’s healthy and safe to comsume.
4.Green Tea + Honey– Now, both on their own posses qualities in successfuly fighting cold and flu. So both of them combined togeather is also very effective in boosting Immunity and Fighting cold and flu.
Because, By strengthening the immune system, green tea with honey helps fight against viruses that cause common cold and flu. The antioxidants present in them help build-up the defensive capabilities of the immune system. Another recipe you can use for managing your common cold is green tea with ginger and honey.
p.s (Honey is natural antibacterial and keeps you strong and healthy)
Now, few exercises to keep you fit, as the rise in body temperature during and right after exercise(moderate) may prevent bacteria from growing and Exercise slows down the release of stress hormones, which protects against illness.
Yoga For Immunity:
Yoga has been used for centuries in keeping the body functioning fit and fine.If practised properly, yoga can recharge your body, get rid of the toxins, negative energy and keep your vital organs functioning well.
Few Asansa You can Practice are,
Pranayama is basically series of exercises, which aims at bringing more oxygen to blood and to the brain.
Which alleviates stress hormone, smoothen the heart rate and any nervous distress, all of which benefit immunity
Pranayama has also proven an effective method for improving health in addition to prevention and management of diseases.(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3415184/)
2. Viparita Karani–
Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose, ‘legs up the wall’ pose forces you to invert and destress. It also boosts nerve connections, improves blood flow and vitalizes your body, which calms the whole body and reduces the stress hormones thereby, reduces the chances of diseases.
Virabhadrasana also known as Warrior Pose is a group of related lunging standing asanas in modern yoga as an exercise commemorating the exploits of a mythical warrior, Virabhadra.
Make sure to hold this pose for atleast for 20 seconds. Over time, increase your holding times to build endurance.
Benifits of this pose include:
- Improves focus, balance and stability
- Encourages good circulation and respiration
- Stretches your arms, legs, shoulders, neck, belly, groins and ankles
- Energizes the entire body.
So, stick to a few asanas per day and make sure to get really good at them, as they help improve overall wellbeing of a person.
Try combining some of the healthy foods and asanas mentioned above to maximize your immunity. especially, as staying healthy has become a hassel during the lockdown because of the global pandemic going on.
Let’s hope for this horrendous situation to go away very soon! And get back to our normal & happy life again.
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*Before performing this or any other slighty difficult asanas, please make sure to watch videos on how to perform them correctly, to minimize any chances of possible injuries.