Superfoods That Boost Your Immunity
With winter season at its peak, common diseases like cold and flu generally comes uninvited. We cannot stop the cold but we can make our body strong enough to fight back. Yes, I’m talking about our body’s immune system. Now, what is immunity? It is our body’s capability to fight back against various diseases. In simpler words, it is our defense system that works 24 x 7.
Immune system is independent of a person’s physical appearance. This means being on the heavier side doesn’t increase your immunity or vice versa. For example: A person whose BMI is 29+ might not be able to stand certain disease while other person with 19+ BMI might not get infected.
Immunity is also passed horizontally i.e. from a mother to a baby and sometimes vertically i.e. through vaccinations. Now, what I’m trying to say here is each one of us has different level of immune system which we are either born with or acquire in our lifetime; but we can boost our immune system and make it better. Foods that help you to fight off that stupid cold and flu better, foods that give you better rest and foods that make you healthy.
These Super foods are so common that you will find them in your kitchen every day, well its time you know their potential.
- Ginger – Undoubtedly every Indian household is incomplete without ginger. Well our ancestors have been using it as an important ingredient in ‘Ayurveda’. Research has proven that ginger contains potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidants and anti-microbial properties that boost our immunity. Our body’s repair system slows down with increasing age; as such we get wrinkles, fine lines, rough skin and many other problems. Antioxidants, in Ginger can be of great help in repairing cellular damage more efficiently. This means you look younger and stay healthier.
- Garlic – Just as Ginger, Garlic is also an essential ingredient that we use every day. Garlic contains a phytonutrient called allicin that is great for cardiac health. It stops the blood clotting, and maintains healthy blood flow in heart. Your cholesterol level is maintained. This means lesser chances of getting heart attack. Added on to which, research also proves that it also helps in decreasing blood pressure level.
- Tea – A medical study conducted In Harvard University proves that people who drank 5 cups of black tea for about two weeks had 10 times more interferon (glycoproteins that are produced by body in response to pathogenic attack) in their blood than people who drank hot drink as tea substitute. This tremendous boost in immune system is due to the presence of amino acid called L-theanine and is abundant in both green and black tea.
- Mushrooms – People have been eating mushrooms for centuries now and always occupies a special place in our kitchen shelves. Douglas Schar, Director of the Institute of Herbal Medicine in Washington DC, says that Mushrooms increase the production and activity of white blood cells and makes them more aggressive. He also said that this is very much useful at times when we have potential infection.
Miraculous Maitake, Shiitake as well as reishi medicinal mushrooms are a good option.
When health is at your fingertips it’s time to say goodbye to doctors and your brainless pills. Boost your immune system with these Super foods and stay healthier. Remember, a healthy mind resides in a healthy body. So, eat healthy and stay strong.