Do you know how much you can save by keeping your immune system healthy? Think about this, you catch the flu and you have to stay home for a few days and you are not working in a job that pays you sick leave. Or if you are self-employed, this kind of illnesses can take a huge chunk of money. Here are a few tips if you want to learn how to increase immunity
Disclaimer: I am not a healthcare professional, this is what I have learnt from my family and from personal experience and this is only for information purposes. Talk to your doctor or healthcare professional before using anything.
If you catch a Virus, it is wise to go to the doctor and if you have compromised immune system, don’t wait for the flu to attack you, start building your immune system now with these home remedies.
According to scientists, there is a bulletproof immune system inside our bodies waiting to be activated to overrun any virus or bacteria. It is the human body’s first line of defence against any alien microorganism entering the body. It is upon us human beings to stay healthy without spending fortunes on medicines and skipping workdays.
How to increase immunity using home remedies
1. Start doing meditation
You don’t have to spend any money on this one. This is a simple act of reducing stress and stress is the main contributor to lower immunity.
Immunity in our bodies come from immunoglobulins or antibodies which eats up any invaders in the form of viruses, bacteria or any other foreign object. These antibodies attach themselves to the antigens( foreign invaders) and let them die.
Our immune system produces T-cells in response to any foreign infection. A type of T cell, CD4 is attacked by the HIV virus ( AIDS) which creates havoc on the immune system thus making the body susceptible to other illnesses.
In an 8 week study at UCLA university, researchers found that 30-35 minute meditation help the slowing down of decline of CD4 T cells and gradually halting the progression of spread of the disease.
This shows that meditation can help your body build a solid immune system when there is a new virus outbreak every few years.
A strong immune system can save you from Coronavirus too. Start meditation along with other precautions. And get medical help if you feel sick.
2. Exercise Daily
Exercise is known to have a positive effect on your body’s overall health. If you are not into exercising daily, start now because it may help you lower stress, and feel happy. Moreover, it helps in flushing out the bacteria out of the body and facilitates the rapid circulation of the T cells in the body which is required to fight infections.
There are no scientific studies to show a direct connection with exercise and immunity but lowering stress can help lower the inflammation in the body. Happiness is also related to over healthy body. And physical exercise helps in boosting the overall health.
3. Eating the right food to boost the immune system
Over 70% of our immune system is in our gut so what we eat have a profound effect on our overall immune system. Nutritional foods help in fighting diseases as well as build a robust immune system.
- Vitamin C: The most important nutrient guarding our immune system is Vitamin C. All foods which contain Vitamin C should be consumed daily. Citrus fruits, chillies are known to have a great amount of Vitamin C. As of now, I myself have started eating lots of fruits (fear of Covid 19), normally I don’t eat many fruits.
- Turmeric: This yellow food spice is known for anti-inflammatory properties. Its anti-inflammatory qualities come from a compound known as Curcumin. I know my mother would give us turmeric milk as soon as we got some injury back when I was a kid. It is the norm in our households to eat turmeric daily. (we make veg curries daily).
- Garlic: Start loving Garlic and its pungent smell. Garlic can also improve your immune system. Garlic contains a compound called allicin. Allium Satvium and its derivatives are thought to be helpful in building the immune system. If you could not tolerate the after breathe, try lightly roasting cumin seeds and few fennel seeds and eat. ( Just half a Teaspoon after a meal with water). This is simply I have learned from my father. Eat this with precaution and talk to your health care provider if you have some health issues.
- Ginger: This is a gut-friendly spice known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Also, ginger is known to build the immune system as it contains tons of vitamins and minerals which have antioxidant properties.
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4. Sleep at least 7-8 hours
A natural sleep of 7-8 hours is required for a normal human being. If you want to build a robust immune system, try to sleep for 7-8 hours daily. Not sleeping enough can have an adverse effect on the immune system.
If possible, go for two shorter naps in a day. If you cannot go for a 30-minute nap, try grabbing a 20-minute siesta during your lunch and before dinner. During sleep, our immune system release Cytokines (proteins that help promote sleep). If you are deprived of sleep, your body will not release these proteins.
Lack of sleep results in more virus and flu infections as your immune system does not work optimally. This is the reason, patients are advised to take rest during flu infections to recover fast. Along with other healthy options, sleep helps boost your immune system.
5. Catch some sunlight
Sun is so important because it produces Vitamin D, so try getting some sun rays. 10-15 minutes of exposure to the sun without sunscreen is required. Some studies show that supplementing with Vitamin D also helps but getting direct sunlight is more beneficial.
Too much sunlight is not considered good as UV rays present in sunlight can actually harm your body but few minutes of sunlight helps the production of Vitamin D and movement of T cells in the body.
6. Avoid Tobacco and Alcohol
Alcohol and tobacco are enemies of our immune system. Low-level consumption of wine is can benefit for your heart, moderate to chronic alcohol consumption can actually hurt your immune system.
Those who drink regularly and more than their liver could process shows a large number of immunoglobulins in their bloodstream. This triggers the autoimmune system which means these antibodies attack healthy cells.
Tobacco smoking affects the immune system bu suppressing it and making a person susceptible to infections like pneumonia and influenza.
7. Eat Herbs and supplements
Many herbs are known to have medicinal properties which can help you fight infections. In other words, they can boost the immune system.
Herbs like Echinacea, Elderberry, Astragalus, Angelica root are known to boost the immune system and fight infections.
Try getting them in the of supplements. I have seen myself the effect of Echinacea on seasonal allergies.
This post is inspired by the current situation of Coronavirus spread. The only defence we can have is our stronger immune system. As we know, businesses are suffering, workdays are getting lost and there is very less work available for casual positions. All this is going to affect our financial situations.
It is in our best interest to take care of ourselves and our families. As there is no vaccine available, we can only take precautionary measures. Take care of the following things, ( Please call your doctor or healthcare professional if you have any flu-like symptoms)
- Wash your hands properly for 20 seconds
- Cancel any travel
- Don’t go to any gatherings
- Wash your hands frequently
- Don’t touch your face eyes and nose when outside without washing your hands
- Don’t shake hands for now and stay at a distance from people who are sick
- Stay home if you are sick and distance yourself from others
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