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In the midst of the Corona wave, worldwide people are taking precautions for staying healthy. Practicing social distancing and maintain personal hygiene can prevent the spread of virus. Most of the individuals overlook the fact that how genuinely effective our immune system is at protecting against infections. However, it is very important to have a strong immune system to fight back against the germs you may come up with.
Our immune system is the key factor for warding off the viruses and germs that we come across in the environment. Therefore, it is very important to take every step to ensure a healthy immune system.
How to boost immunity naturally?
The first line of defense to build a strong immunity is to choose a healthy life style. Consider the following living strategies to support your immune system.
Immunity and diet goes hand-in-hand. To put it simple, good nutrition is always a key to maintain a healthy living. The gut activity plays a key role in maintaining overall health and keeps the body active. The food you choose to eat shows much impact to your health as well. Therefore, you must include the following items in your diet plan.
• You should consume a balanced diet which includes protein, fibers, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and other items to enhance the immune response
• Fresh Veggies like spinach, Moringa leaves, carrots, beet leaves, bell peppers, broccolis, cabbages, onion, sweet potatoes, beans, pumpkins, gourds etc. are best to consume. Seeds like chia, flax or pumpkin can also add on to the list.
• Intake of fruits like gooseberry, Lemon, oranges, blue berry, apples, kiwi etc. can be made part of a daily diet
• Spices like ginger, garlic, pepper, coriander, turmeric, cloves, cinnamon, cumin seeds, fennel seeds should be included in the day to day diet
• Food you choose must include probiotics, fermented and cultured foods and sprouted veggies. Moreover, foods rich in antioxidants help to fight against cell damage and body invaders.
Be Active – Exercise Regularly
Regular exercise helps the immune system to perform well. Set up a routine habit of working out at home, practicing yoga or any workout which keeps the body active. This decreases the risk of developing any kind of health issues.
Exercise not only keeps the body active but also improves metabolism, accelerates the blood flow, flushes out the harmful germs or toxins out of the body through sweat, urine or excreta. Routine activities also help the body to keep away from common cold, flu or other allergic infections.
Health experts also points out; exercise produces more WBC which protects us from the infections. Its better late than never, so start daily exercise as part of your routine.
A sound sleep keeps your system healthy
Sleep is very important pillar of healthy being. Lack of sleep affect the functions of immune system. Researches also claim that people who are sleep deprived are more prone to develop diseases.
On the other hand, lack of sleep also delays recovery after illness. While sleeping the body releases cytokines which are capable to fight infections, or inflammations. So insomnia reduces production of cytokines and retards the immune responses of the body. Irrespective of your schedule, it is always best to sleep around 6 to 8 hours. Good sleep not only improves immune response but also keep you active throughout the day.
Smoking weakens Immune System
The habit of smoking is said to reduce immune response of the body. Conditions like stroke, COPD, lung cancer, heart diseases are likely to occur if smoking is not under control.Smoking lessens your immunity to the extent that body stops responding to infections.
Reduce stress and keep the diseases away
Stress has a significant impact on both mental and physical level. Being stressed can hinder the activities of healthy immune system. Apart from affecting the immunity, stress also leads to severe sleep issues. Try to inculcate mindful practices like meditation, pranayama, yoga etc. which keeps the mind calm.
Use Ayurvedic herbs to keep yourself away from infections
Ayurveda has many herbs that supports the immune system activity. Regular use of these herbs improves body’s immune response and optimal health. Herbs like Turmeric, Tulasi, Guduchi. Ashwagandha, Amalaki are good immune boosters in Ayurveda.