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Immunity Boosters

Immunity is the balanced state of multicellular organisms having adequate biological defences to fight infection. Boosting immunity is of the utmost importance these days.

At this time of COVID pandemic it is the active immune system that is of utmost importance as it is responsible for protecting us from a pathogen. Passive immunity, on the other hand, is the immunity gained from someone else, an example is a vaccine which alerts the immune system early on that a danger exists. In the end, it’s your immune system—including those antibodies—that does all the work.

Immunity is not magic and it cannot be attained overnight! The first line of defence is to choose a healthy lifestyle. The stronger your immune system, the less chance you’ll have of falling ill and if you do, the quicker you will recover

Eat the Rainbow

Colourful fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidants which guard against free radicals, molecules that can harm our cells. The simplest way to obtain large amounts of these vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants with the exception of vitamin D, is to eat a diet rich in colourful fruits and vegetables. To ensure enough of vitamin D, make sure of getting regular exposure to sunlight or eating foods rich in vitamin D like fish, eggs, dairy, or fortified foods

Exercise

Just like a healthy diet, exercise can contribute to general good health and therefore to a healthy immune system. It may contribute even more directly by promoting good circulation, which allows the cells and substances of the immune system to move through the body freely and do their job efficiently.

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Without sleep, the immune system will not have the strength it needs to fight off illness. Most adults need about 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night. Sticking to a regular bedtime schedule, staying active during the day, skipping caffeine and booze near bedtime is of great importance.

Cut Back on the Booze and Nicotine Habit

Do your immune system a favour and give it up!

Gut Health

A huge proportion of our immune system is actually in your GI tract with 70-80 percent of our immune system residing there. Gut health can be improved by lowering stress levels, eating slowly, staying hydrated, taking a prebiotic or probiotic and checking for food intolerances.

Stress and immune function

Some stress can be a good thing. It helps your body get ready for a challenge. But if it lasts too long, like at this time of pandemic, that’s bad news. Studies show it can weaken your body’s defence system.

When you think good thoughts, your body’s defences work better.

Babita Hazarika
Chief Nutritionist
Apollo Gleneagles Hospital

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