With every passing moment, the threat of the new found viruses and bacterial infections is affecting our lives. Though our immune system is equipped with an ability to heal repair and protect, if it isn’t provided with the right kind of fuel, it cannot function. To have a stronger immune system, it is a must to take a wholesome diet. Before taking the supplements in pills format, ask yourself if you are taking a healthy diet that contains all the macro and micro nutrients. Following are some natural sources to boost immunity.
Water intake boosts immunity! Surprised? Our body is 60% water and drinking about 2 liters of water everyday keeps your immunity strong. Drinking less water results in constipation, cancer, skin diseases, clotting of the blood, brain hemorrhage, infertility and abnormal hormone levels.
2. Citrus fruits
Citrus fruits are a huge source of Vitamin C; the key to keep fighting infections is to add citrus fruits in your daily diet. Oranges, tangerines, grape fruit, clementine, lime and lemons are common sources of Vitamin C. Squeeze a lemon on top of pot or stew, curry or soup, use it as a salad dressing or add it to a cup of green tea to add flavor. There are so many ways to add citrus in your meals.
Forgotten recently but praised for centuries, apples are a huge source of iron and multivitamins. One average size apple contains 52 calories and 86% of water, 2.4 grams of fiber, 13.8 grams of sugar, 10.4 grams of carbohydrates and 0.3 grams of protein. One apple is 78% of pure iron, so if you are facing an iron deficiency, apple is the best food to overcome it.
4. Bell pepper
Red bell peppers are a huge source of vitamin C. These miraculous potions of multivitamins contain beta-carotene, Vitamin C, iron and water. An average size bell pepper is every bit nutrition and has 3 times more Vitamin C than an orange. Sauté a regular size bell pepper and add it to every meal and salad. This will increase your ability to fight infections.
Almonds are a huge source of a good fat called Omega-3, the Vitamin E in almonds makes your skin glow and fiber improves your digestion. Almond milk is known to treat auto-immune skin conditions like Psoriasis.
Broccoli is the healthiest vegetable known on earth. One small mushroom of broccoli contains 89% water, 2.4 grams fiber, 2.5 grams protein and 1.5 grams of sugar. One bowl of steamed broccoli is best to eat as a main course if you are trying to lose weight.
7. Milk and cheese
Milk and Cheese are the purest sources of protein known till date. A glass of milk or a cheese slice are the complete package of nutrients. If you are not lactose intolerant, include milk in your day to day life to get Vitamin D, Calcium, iron and good fats.
Loaded with several antioxidants and beta carotene, raw spinach is a great source of Vitamin A. The chewing disintegrates Oxalic Acid into several vitamins making Spinach the second healthiest plant-based food.
Fish and crab meat, prawns, seaweed and muscles are good sources of protein good fats, multivitamins and carbohydrates. If you want your natural immune system to be stronger, make seafood a part of your daily life.
Turmeric is said to have antibacterial properties. It reduces pain and inflammation and helps decrease the damage of infection. It increases the antioxidant capacity of the body, increases neurotrophic factor to enhance brain activity and provides your body with thiamine (which reduces the chances of cancer.)
Yogurt gives you almost pure protein; one serving of Greek yogurt contains 78% of the protein in 78 calories. Eating a bowl full of yogurt empty stomach heals the lining of the stomach and keeps the overactive enzymes in control.