Generally, our immunity does a good job of protecting us from harmful bacteria, virus, and parasites. However, sometimes our immunity system weakens and when that happens we become an easy prey to the common cold and flu, or more serious diseases if we’re unlucky. Therefore, in order to keep diseases at bay and be healthy, a strong immunity system is vital.
The health of the immunity systems depends on our emotional state, lifestyle, diet, stress levels etc. In this article, we’re going give you dietary tips to boost your immunity.
Below, you’ll find our top 3 picks of foods that can be used in our Indian cooking to keep your immunity system at the top of its game.
Garlic is known for its distinctive aroma and flavor. It has the potential to add a unique punch to any dish. Apart from this, garlic is potent with medical properties. For starters, it has antifungal and antiviral properties. It has the ability to stimulate the cells of the immunity system that fights off non- specific harmful invaders like the common cold and flu. The antioxidant property in garlic helps reduce cholesterol. It is known to lower blood pressure and also regulate blood sugar levels.
Scientific research has found that ginger balances and reinstates the immunity system to normalcy. What’s more our Indian system of medicine- Ayurveda relies on ginger to boost immunity. Most household remedies for fever, sore throat, cough and cold usually include ginger. It is also known to stimulate blood circulation and thus helps get rid of toxins and other wastes from the body.
It is a spice that belongs to the same family as ginger and it also has immunity-boosting qualities. It has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic properties. It helps the immunity system by boosting the white blood cells count. White blood cells are a part of the immunity system that fights off harmful foreign bodies. Warm milk with turmeric is a popular and effective solution to get rid of sore throats, and the common cold and flu. The anti-oxidant property detoxifies the liver in addition to making it more efficient.
When turmeric is applied as a paste on open wounds, its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties prevent further infection and help heal them faster.
For most of us Indians, all of the above ingredients form an integral part of our cuisines. But if it does not, it is easy to include them in your diet and reap its benefits.
We at One Life, have an experienced team of dietitians who would love to work with you to improve and strengthen your immunity system. You could avail their services at home. For more information call us on our toll-free number 1800 425 19999.