How to Increase Immunity with Home Remedies - Effective Tips
Published on Nov 27, 2020
By Dr. Surya Bhagwati
Chief In- House Doctor
BAMS, DHA, DHHCM, DHBTC | 30+ Years of Experience
The immune system of the human body is governed by white blood cells, antibodies, organs, lymph nodes etc. Ensuring that these components are healthy will enable your body to fight infections and also prevent them from occurring. There are also many disorders can weaken the immune system and cause a person to become immune compromised. While some may be present from birth, others may be a result of environmental factors. Some of the signs that are indicative of a weakened immune system include frequent infections (pneumonia, meningitis, bronchitis, skin infections, etc), inflammation of internal organs, digestive issues, growth and development delays in children etc. Here are a few tips on how to increase your immunity with Imunoherb naturally at home through a well-balanced diet that can be implemented across all age groups.
Home Remedies to Increase Immunity
1. The Power of Citrus Fruit
Most people consume Vitamin C supplements either to prevent colds or get rid of a cold fast, especially in flu season. However, the regular dietary intake of Vitamin C can be far more effective in building your body immunity. Vitamin C is said to increase the production of white blood cells, which are key to fighting infections. Almost all citrus fruit like oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons as well as limes contain Vitamin C. The ayurvedic herb, amla, is also regarded as one of the best sources of vitamin C and it is commonly used as an ingredient in some of the best Ayurvedic medicines for immunity.
2. Bell Peppers: The Unsung Hero
In actuality, bell peppers contain almost 3 times the amount of Vitamin C as oranges, and they’re also a rich source of beta carotene. Beta-carotene is generally converted by the body into Vitamin A, which helps keep the eyes and skin healthy. For people trying to avoid the sugar in fruit, red bell peppers are an excellent alternative source of vitamin C. According to a study on cooking methods, stir-frying and roasting is better than steaming or boiling, as they better preserve the nutrient content of red bell peppers.
3. The Wonder of Greens
The health benefits of leafy greens is well recognized across cultures. Broccoli is one such vegetable that is packed with vitamins (A, C, E) and minerals. It is also a good source of fiber and other antioxidants. Like broccoli, spinach is also a rich source of vitamin C, antioxidants and beta carotene. The key to retaining its nutrition though is by cooking it as little as possible - by steaming or better yet, consuming it raw.
4. Garlic: A Natural Shield
Garlic is known to not just add a bit of zing to your food, but also your health. It’s been a staple in international cuisines for centuries and an important ingredient in Ayurvedic medicine. The immune boosting properties of Garlic stem from the concentration of sulphur containing compounds like allcin. When garlic is crushed or chewed, this compound turns into allicin. This compound boosts the disease-fighting response of some types of white blood cells in the body when they encounter viruses.
5. Yogurt: The Natural Cooler
Yogurt contains various cultures (probiotics) that naturally stimulate your immune system to help fight diseases. Plain yogurts are more effective rather than flavoured ones, which tend to be loaded with sugar. You can sweeten yogurt naturally with a drizzle of honey or jaggery, or by adding sweet fruits when consuming it. It is also an active source of Vitamin D.
6. Turmeric: The All-Rounder of Health
The bright yellow, bitter spice has been used for centuries as an anti-inflammatory in treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, but it is also a source of potent immunomodulatory benefits. Research shows that the high concentration of curcumin, which gives turmeric its distinctive color, is also the source of Immunomodulatory properties that may not only help to boost immunity and fight infections, but may also help prevent chronic inflammatory disorders.
7. Green Tea: The Natural Cleanser
Green tea tops the list in its levels of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), another powerful antioxidant. Studies show that EGCG enhances immune function. Compared to black tea, where the fermentation destroys a lot of the EGCG, Green tea is steamed and not fermented, so the EGCG is preserved. Green tea is also a rich source of the amino acid L-theanine that aids in the production of germ-fighting compounds in your T cells.
While these are some of the most effective natural remedies to boost immunity, it should be kept in mind that there are no quick fixes for immunity. Immunity is accumulated over time by adopting health lifestyle and dietary habits. This is why Ayurved doesn’t just recommend the use of medications. However, in case of weak immunity, you can also use Ayurvedic immunity boosters to strengthen your body’s natural defense system.
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