Your level of immunity determines your overall health and well-being. A healthy person is one who has a strong immune system that keeps diseases and infections at bay, or enables faster recovery and causes less severe symptoms. A healthy immune system is required to protect the body from foreign particles. In one of his recent live videos on Facebook, lifestyle coach Luke Coutinho talks about some simple ways to boost our immune system.
He says that a few lifestyle modifications can help in having a strong immune system.
Simple ways to boost the immune system:
The immune function is dependent on two important factors: The environment which you create inside your body, and the environment surrounding you. Both of these factors have a direct impact on how the cells in your body behave. We are in complete control of the environment inside your body and the one that surrounds you.
The environment inside our body can be improved by eating fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, different spices and everything that nature has given us.
Eating these foods in balance can help in boosting immune function.
Similarly, we can control the environment surrounding us. By changing the temperature of the room and dampening it a bit, one can facilitate the growth of bacteria. Similarly, the bacteria can be killed by adding a bit of dry air and changing the temperature inside the room.
7 lifestyle choices you didn’t know were harming your immunity:
1. Lack of sleep
No matter how much healthy and immunity-boosting food we eat, lack of sufficient sleep can play havoc with the immunity. Sleep is required to balance the functioning of cells in the body. Repair, balance, rejuvenation, hormonal balance and detoxification all occur during a good night’s sleep.
2. Not focusing on the right quality
Proteins are the building blocks of cells. You need to focus on the right quality of protein for strong immunity. Do not separate the egg yolk from the egg white, do not give up on rice while eating dal. It is when you eat food in such combinations that your body gets an adequate amount of protein. Khichdi or dal chawal is a complete protein food that can help in maintaining your immune function.
3. Not washing hands before meals
Washing hands before meals is important. We compromise our immune system a lot because of the germs and pathogens we ingest. Wash your hands both before and after your meals.
4. Constipation and acidity
Constipation and acidity are clear symptoms of compromised immunity. Eat the right kinds of foods and improve your lifestyle to get rid of these conditions for stronger immunity.
Stress is a major deterrent to your immunity. Your diet and exercise are not going to give the desired results if you are under stress. Constantly high cortisol levels result in low immune function. It is important to work towards reducing your stress if you want to strong immunity and an overall healthy body.
6. Smoking and alcohol
Smoking, passive smoking and drinking alcohol excessively are all factors that can decrease your immunity.
7. Lack of exercise
You need to be physically active and yet not over-trained at the same time. Rest and recovery are as important for your body as an exercise for strong immunity.
Physical activity helps in improving your blood circulation and facilitating strong immunity.
Foods which are good for the immunity:
Cruciferous vegetables: broccoli, cabbage, radish, arugula, etc
Nuts: Especially almonds and walnuts
Seeds: Flaxseeds and sesame seeds
Fresh vegetables and fruits