A robust immune system shields the body from the harmful attacks of the micro-organisms and improves overall health and well being. A weakened immune system predisposes the body to all types of illnesses. Including foods that add the right nutrients and eliminate toxins can help our system stay strong and also ward off diseases.
Here are some superfoods to boost your immune system:
Enriched with powerful anti-fungal and antiviral properties, garlic helps the body fight and ward off infections. Consuming garlic regularly can help the body fight the common cold, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, and lower blood pressure and cholesterol along with improving overall immunity.
-Eat one or two raw garlic cloves in the morning empty stomach to stay free of ailments.
-Crush the garlic cloves after peeling them, mix with butter or honey and spread on a slice of bread and enjoy a healthy sandwich.
Ginger, a pungent herb with strong antioxidant, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory nature, is used to boost the immune system and also treats several health ailments. It helps eliminate congestion, ease throat pain, kills cold viruses, lowers cholesterol and is also said to inhibit pancreatic cancer cell growth.
-Drink one or two cups of ginger tea daily to keep your immune system functioning well. Freshly grated ginger added to a hot creamy winter soup adds a fresh zest to it.
-Ginger juice mixed with honey helps keep cold and cough at bay by boosting your immunity.
Known to possess antioxidant and antibacterial properties, honey helps fight infections and strengthen the immune system. It also improves the digestive system, treats acid reflux, soothes a sore throat and heals wounds and scars.
-Start each day with 1 teaspoon honey mixed in a glass of lukewarm water for its numerous health benefits.
-Soak 5 to 7 almonds overnight. Peel them and add about a teaspoon of honey or enough to coat the almonds. Include this to your early morning diet.
4. GREEN TEA
Green tea contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCS) which act as an immunity booster. It helps to fight bacteria and prevents viral multiplication. Regular consumption of green tea, that contains several powerful antioxidants, can help prevent cardiovascular diseases, stroke, and osteoporosis.
-Bring water to boil and add 1 teaspoon of green tea. Cover the pan containing water and tea leaves and let it steep for about 3 to 4 minutes. Strain and add honey if required.
Curd, a probiotic food, contains a high amount of ‘good bacteria’ (lactobacilli) that improves immunity along with digestion and reduces problems like diarrhea and constipation. Best would be to set curd at home or if not buy from outside. Make sure the labels contain ‘live’ or ‘active culture’
-A mix vegetable raita comprising beaten curd, chopped onions, tomatoes and cucumber garnished with salt, cumin powder, red chili powder cools the system and add fiber to the body.
So, go ahead and add these superfoods to improve your immunity and keep those ailments at bay. Eat Healthy, Stay Happy!