Our immune system is our defence mechanism against bacterial and viral infections. The changing temperatures around us and constant exposure to harmful viruses and bacteria make us vulnerable to developing different infections, some of which are life-threatening. Our immune system can combat these effects.
Very often, doctors encounter patients who constantly develop colds, runny noses and throat infections. This may be because they have low immunity. In this article, lets briefly discuss some of the best foods that can boost your immunity and improve your overall health.
1. Citrus Fruits
This is the first one I recommend to most of my patients. The vitamins that are present in citrus fruits, particularly vitamin C, is extremely powerful in boosting immunity and increasing your resistance against the common cold and flu.
However, some people remain sensitive to citrus fruits and find that they get throat infections if they consume them. There is no scientific basis for this, and it appears to be more of a sensitivity to citrus fruits.
Either way, if you have no problems with oranges, grapefruits, pineapples, kiwi fruits etc, then make sure you munch on a couple a day to keep the doctor away!
Probably the healthiest nut of all, almonds are a powerhouse of nutrients that can boost your immunity.
It does so as it is packed with immune building protein that activates your T-cells – your immune cells and helps fight infections. Consuming almonds as a snack is good practice and must be done so as a part of your daily diet.
Just a fistful of almonds every day should be more than sufficient to help your power up your immune cells.
This potent green leafy veggie is full of nutrients and fibre that can help boost your immunity. A few months ago, I wrote a review spinach in this very magazine, and to this day I regard spinach as a superfood. Just a small bowlful of spinach a day can be a boon to your immune system. It will also provide you with other useful vitamins and minerals to keep you healthy.
This root spice is peppery and zesty and should be a welcome addition to all your food. Indian curries pride themselves on spice, and ginger added to our food only adds to its nutritional value. Have you ever enjoyed a ‘kashaya’? This is a special tea that contains ginger as one of its ingredients. Ginger can help get rid of harmful free radicals due to its high anti-oxidant content. A glass of ginger tea is a great way to start your day and give your body the immune boost that it truly deserves.
Well, garlic is also a commonly added spice and flavours our food in wondrous ways. Garlic is rich in powerful antioxidants as well and can even strengthen our immunity. Some people eat a clove or two of garlic every day to stay healthy. This is a good practice but must be combined with a healthy diet. Include garlic in your diet every day, and let it help boost your immunity.
Love it or hate it – broccoli is supercharged with nutrients that can enhance your immunity manifold. In fact, broccoli remains one of the richest vegetarian sources of protein, along with other multi-nutrients. Steam broccoli or have it in the form of a soup with spinach to give your body a hit of nourishment!
These great foods can help you turbocharge your immune cells and prevent you from catching infections!