How to Improve your IMMUNITY

  • By Dr Veena Adighe
  • February 24 2021
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  • Article has ideas on how we can improve our body immunity.

Maintaining a healthy diet and eating nutritious foods has to be at the top of your list if you wish to boost your immunity and strengthen your immune functions. Focus on eating a healthy balanced diet, and include all components of foods in your meals like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouts, etc. Eat fresh, regional, and seasonal produce as much as you can.

 

In Ayurveda and other ancient medicinal practices, natural herbs and spices play an important role in preventing and curing diseases. They are known to have antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic healing properties, that provide protection from pathogens. Adding them to your food will not only make the dish taste great, but will also help you improve your health.

 

Allowing your body to rest well is extremely important too. Sleep deprivation and lethargy can have surprisingly devastating results in the production of antibodies in the body, which then makes you vulnerable to various diseases. Therefore, ensure that you are getting enough sleep.

 

Article was first published in Bhavan’s Journal, Mumbai.

 

Regular exercise not only strengthens the framework of your body, but also builds your inner strength and helps your body fight diseases. Taking a morning walk in the sun will ensure you get natural vitamin D, which is one of the easiest and most efficient ways of keeping you fit and healthy.

 

Several studies and researches have shown that stress of any kind can have a negative impact on your immune system and your overall health. Stress delays the production of antibodies that is needed by the body to eliminate disease-causing pathogens. Stress management techniques such as yoga, meditation, etc. can help.

 

You may not feel very thirsty in winter, but that doesn’t mean your body doesn’t need water. Not drinking enough water may lead to dehydration, so keep sipping water at regular intervals. It helps blood circulation, which is essential for normal body functions.

 

Washing hands has become a life mantra, thanks to the pandemic situation. What makes this an important practice of maintaining health during the winters is that during winter’s cold and flu germs are all around. Therefore, washing your hands frequently is necessary as it will minimise the chances of pathogens entering your body and wreaking havoc. 

 

Studies have proved that feelings of loneliness and isolation can have serious negative impacts on the immune system. So, if you feel lonely or alone, connect with your friends and family. Reach out to someone, talk your feelings out. It will not only make you feel light and enhance your mood, but will also have a positive impact on your immune system and overall health.

 

This article was first published in the Bhavan’s Journal, 31 January 2021 issue. This article is courtesy and copyright Bhavan’s Journal, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai-400007. eSamskriti has obtained permission from Bhavan’s Journal to share.

 

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