How to Help our Immune System to Live a Long Life

How to Help our Immune System to Live a Long Life

Recently we have been hearing a lot about maintaining good health due to the spread of COVID-19. Everyone is telling us to stay indoors in order to protect ourselves but is there anyone telling you about ways to boost up your immune system in order to win the battle against not only corona which is now considered an airborne disease but also from a disease that you may encounter later in your life.

As the person grows older the immune system may not work to its maximum potential because of various reasons such as a decline in production of immune cells, due to which communication amongst the immune cells decreases and time taken by the body to fight certain disease is prolonged. Also, people with lower immunity and chronic health are most likely to suffer.

Immunity is nothing but the ability of our body to fight against the disease. Different types of cells are produced by our lymphatic system and they act as immunity warriors. However, it is important for us to take care of our bodies by boosting our immune system. Immunity boosters speed up the body’s healing process. Consumption of immunity boosters can replenish a lot of essential nutrients, like vitamins, minerals, etc. in the body.

When we talk about immunity boosters, the first thing that comes to our mind is medicines. People spend a lot of money on supplements just to stay healthy. But very few people know that immunity boosters are not only medicines but also the food we eat. Many food items are present in our fridge, which can naturally enhance our immunity.  

Without further delay let me list out natural immunity boosters. 

Broccoli  

It is one of the healthiest vegetables and acts as a powerhouse to our immune system. It is an excellent source of vitamin A, C, and E also rich in beta-carotene, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and iron. These vitamins and minerals help our immune system to work at its best.

Regular consumption of steamed broccoli also reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. Carotenoids present in broccoli contributes to improving eye health and lowers the risk of age-related eye disorder such as cataract and macular degeneration.

Citrus fruits   

Citrus fruits like berries, orange, lemon, kiwi, limes, grapefruit, etc. are great sources of vitamin C and minerals like potassium, magnesium, copper, phosphorous, etc. They are also rich in flavonoids, carotenoids, and essential oils, etc. All these contribute to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of citrus fruits.

Vitamin C works with antibodies and promotes wound healing. Vitamin C act as an antioxidant that helps in the prevention of cell damage done by free radicals produced in our body. Consumption of citrus fruits reduces the risk of different types of cancer and neuro degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer's.

Garlic  

Popular ingredient used in cooking as it has a strong smell and delicious taste. But it is traditionally known for its medicinal properties and health benefits. It is low in calories and rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6, and manganese.

Reduces the risk of common cold and flu, high blood pressure, and reduces high blood cholesterol levels. It has some antioxidant properties which result in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease.

Ginger  

Ginger is used in various forms of traditional medicines. It is used to help digestion, reduces nausea and common cold and flu. The key component of ginger is gingerol, known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It can be used to prevent various types of nausea.

Nausea after surgery, chemotherapy related nausea, morning sickness, etc. The use of ginger reduces the risk of osteoarthritis which leads to joint pain and stiffness. Antioxidants present in ginger quench free radicals and helps our body to fight against arthritis, cancer, neurodegenerative disorders, and many other conditions. It also helps in the treatment of sore throat by reducing inflammation.

Spinach   

Rich in many vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron, folic acid, soluble fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C. Health benefits of spinach include diabetes management, prevents cancer and asthma. It is recommended for people with high blood pressure and improves eye health.

A large quantity of vitamin A present in spinach helps in the production of oil in skin pores and hair follicles. Therefore, improves the growth of hairs and reduces the risk of acne. It provides our body necessary nutrients required for cell division and DNA repair.

Shellfish  

It is rich in proteins, fats, and minerals. Shellfish is a great source of lean protein. Omega -3 present in shellfish lowers the risk of heart disease and helps in weight loss by giving us a feeling of fullness.

B-12 and omega 3 also help in brain development in children. Zinc is mainly linked to a healthy immune system, as it is a necessary mineral for normal growth and wound healing, appetite, and normal sperm count in males.

Turmeric  

The active compound present in turmeric that caught everyone’s attention is curcumin. It has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancerous properties. It helps in boosting our immunity and reduces virus replication as it has antiviral properties. It helps to fight against rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.

The anti-oxidative property of turmeric helps in preventing cells from free radical damage. In some studies, it is seen that it reduces the spread of cancer and causes the death of cancerous cells. The use of turmeric cleanses the respiratory tract and reduces the risk of cough, cold, and flu.

Almonds  

Almonds are highly nutritious as they are rich in healthy fats, many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Almonds are rich in fiber, vitamin E, vitamin B2, copper, and phosphorous.

Almonds are a great source of antioxidants and protect cells from oxidative damage which leads to aging and disease. It helps to reduce high blood sugar and can control blood pressure.

Sunflower seeds  

They are rich in healthy fat, vitamin E, B-6, minerals such as manganese, copper, zinc, etc. It works as antioxidants due to the presence of vitamin E. Best way to incorporate sunflower seeds into your diet is the use sunflower oil which is extracted from its seeds.

Sunflower seeds are rich in essential fatty acids, which has a number of benefits including the formation of collagen and elastin, which gives smoothness to skin tissues. It helps in reducing free radical damage, slows down the aging process of cells, low blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar, etc.

Red bell pepper  

These are rich sources of beta carotene. Red bell peppers and rich in vitamin C. Red bell pepper is low in calories and rich in antioxidants. The presence of carotenoids in red bell pepper improves eye health.

It also cut the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.  It also protects the retina from oxidative damage. These are good sources of iron and vitamin C which helps in the prevention of anemia.  

One can also help the immune system by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, as our thoughts, feelings, moods, and beliefs influence the level of health and course of the disease. These days people are less likely to eat well or exercise regularly, habits that enhance immunity.

High stress provokes individuals to adopt bad habits such as smoking and alcoholism. Optimistic thinking, getting involved in work, and building a good relationships with others can increase our stress resistance. Adequate sleep and relaxation are also very important for a healthy immune system.