By Dr. Rachna Singh Kashyap, General Physician
Whether you are battling cold or stress, bacterial infection or digestive problems, the major thing you should be concerned about is your immunity. The human body falls weak when fighting illnesses and that is when it needs immediate care and food that is going to boost your immune system. Here are 5 must-have foods to boost your immunity.
Yogurt is rich in probiotics or “live active cultures,” which are helpful bacteria that keep the digestive tract and stomach free from disease-causing germs. It has been found that a 7-ounce dose of yogurt is more effective than popping pills to create the same effect. Moreover, the bacteria Lactobacillus Reuters found in yogurt is known to stimulate white blood cells, which helps in increasing your immunity level.
2. Citrus Fruits
Vitamin C content in any citric food such as oranges, mandarins, grapefruit, limes, and lemons are excellent for the body’s defence against bacterial infections. Citrus can also help in reducing cholesterol. Tomatoes, peas, papayas, chillies, bell peppers, guava and green leafy vegetables are great sources of Vitamin C also. Citrus foods are also rich in anti-oxidants and help in the development of scar tissues, blood vessels, and cartilage.
Turmeric is full of beneficial properties and is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-bacterial substance that is good for digestive health. Turmeric has been linked to the prevention of cancer cell growth and management of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, asthma, eczema and inflammatory bowel disease. It is a nutritional powerhouse, rich in manganese, zinc, and B group vitamins that help you stay healthier and fitter.
4. Carom Seeds
Carom seeds are great for itching, boils and eczema and any other viral infections. Plus, they are known to work wonders for your immunity and drinking carom seed tea can help fight most viral infections.
Garlic contains allicin, which is essential for keeping your heart healthy. It is also great for people with high blood pressure, and can help in protecting the immune system from flu and cold as well.