• Deanne Pandey

A new addition to your Christmas Wishlist- Immunity

The onset of winters brings with it great loads of joy and excitement. This is the ultimate festive and sweater weather season, that we all simply love. But thats not all winter is about. It also marks the season of cold, flu and much more. Often during winters, your immunity goes for a toss. Just the way flowers need water to flourish and a car needs an oil change to run well, going into the winter months, your body might need a boost of goodness and support. This calls for extra care as it would just be a bummer to fall sick during the festive season.

While talking about boosting one’s immunity. it goes without saying that some lifestyle measures must be adopted. This includes a stress free routine along with adequate sleep and diet. Avoiding smoking is vital as it undermines your basic immune system. Since is it the cold season, catching those morning rays might become difficult. Thus it is important to ensure enough exposure to sunlight. Along with this maintenance of a proper nourishing diet is equally important. Eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds, which will provide your body with the nutrients your immune system needs. Try to include probiotics in your diet. They are great in supporting your immune system.

Further, your immunity can be strengthened at home itself;

Here’s how-

1. Take Turmeric Daily

This essential kitchen spice is also an important immunity booster and can be added to anything and everything from teas to soups, porridges and of course, curries. It is organic and consists of excellent healing properties. The best way to take it is with milk, often known as the golden milk.

2. Go for Garlic

This bulb has earned a special place in this list for its anti-microbial properties. Eating raw garlic is one of the most potent ways to improve your immunity. The high sulphur content in garlic does more than boost the flavour in food. It has potent antibiotic actions and supports your liver to effectively carry out detoxification. This, in turn, reduces toxins and oestrogen metabolites that can contribute to inflammation, which compromises immunity. Garlic is also rich in selenium, an essential mineral which ramps up immunity and may help women fight back against breast cancer.

3. Zinc for the win

This wonder-mineral is found in every one of your cells and it’s critical for healthy cell development and function. Zinc interacts with thousands of proteins in your body and is involved in many enzyme processes. It improves wound-healing and improved thyroid function, gut health, blood clotting, vision, and smell. Zinc also works as a powerful antioxidant. It also appears to put the brakes on the immune system when it goes into overdrive, reducing the risk of autoimmune disease. Foods like Shrimp, Beef, Chickpeas, Flax and pumpkin seeds, Pinto beans, Spinach, Cooked greens, Tahini paste, Miso, Cacao and Cashews are rich in zinc.

4. Ginger heals

Ginger is filled with nutritional properties that greatly benefit your health. Originating from China, ginger contains chemicals called sesquiterpenes that target cold viruses. Other functional chemicals include gingerols, shogoal and paradols that have the potential to prevent various cancers. The spice’s anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties help control the process of ageing, aid digestion and demonstrate potential to treat degenerative disorders, as well as cardiovascular disease. Ginger also contains antimicrobial compounds that allow it to help in treating infectious diseases. Ginger powder is a great form too.

5. More of Mushrooms

The deliciously flavourful mushrooms are like an immunity boosting shot for your body as they are rich in selenium, niacin, riboflavin and Vitamin D. These small powerhouses of nutrition are immuno-modulators. This is due in part to their high levels of beta-glucans, which help activate macrophage and natural killer cells that are pivotal to your immune defense. The best mushrooms for strengthening your immunity are- shiitake, maitake and reishi.

Include these powerful immunity boosting foods in your diet and fight the cold season with a stronger immune system.

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