Improving The Immune System During Monsoon

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah.      .

We all know that the monsoon season is pretty much synonymous with the flu season and you most definitely would want to perk up your immune mechanism all through the monsoons, right? It is extremely vital that your immune system should be strong and your immune response should be on point so that you can battle all the infection causing agents.

Eating certain specific foods all through the rainy season can help increase immunity and stave off bacteria, fungi and viruses from attacking you. Let’s weigh in on what you can do to step up the working of the immune system; what to steer clear off, and what are the best foods to improve your immune system.

Top 3 immune-boosting foods for the monsoon

Here are 3 superfoods that can help you increase immunity and keep your immune mechanism in good shape!

1. Garlic: Garlic proffers the enzyme alliinase that converts alliin to allicin - an element that can bolsters the immune mechanism considerably and combats infections successfully. Allicin is most bio-available when consumed raw and importantly, when crushed well before consuming. Chop up a flake of garlic and gulp it down with a glass of water!

2. Turmeric: This golden yellow spice is loaded with a potent antioxidant – curcumin. Curcumin encourages the chief fighting cells of the immune system and ensures that you stay fighting fit. Fortunately, we add powdered haldi to practically all our dishes! You could also crank it up a notch by drinking a cup of haldi doodh every night. Tata Sampann Turmeric Powder is sourced from the fields of Salem and provides 3% curcumin.

3. Lime: Limes contain vitamin C which is very crucial for an optimally working immune system. The vitamin helps fight free radicals, thwarts inflammation and reduces the duration and intensity of infections. Kickstart your day with a glass of lime juice and add loads of freshly squeezed lime to your salads and curries.

3 things to do to rev up the working of the immune system

1. Increase your intake of probiotics: Probiotics help you increase immunity and how! They enhance the amount of good bacteria that is very critical to your overall health. In fact, the probiotics in your gut are associated with a strong immune mechanism. So, make sure you have plenty of dahi everyday – jump-start your day with a yogurt smoothie, add dahi to your gravies and create a new raita daily.

2. Drink plenty of water: You need to drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water per day for your body to work well. Water flushes out all noxious wastes from the body and is needed for the movement of mucus and phlegm – the two strong fences for microbes. It isn’t possible to work an efficient defense system against microbes if you are dehydrated, because water is required for the mucus and phlegm which trap microbes. Hence, ensure that you keep your body well hydrated and drink 8 to 10 glasses of water every day. Don’t wait to feel thirsty; drink water through the day!

3. Work on your stress management techniques: : Stress wreaks complete havoc on your immune system. When you’re under stress, your body releases large amounts of cortisol. This cortisol raises your blood pressure and elevates blood sugar levels and leads to a weakened immunity. Whilst, it is not likely that you will be able to circumvent all the stressors, it is possible to deal with them better. Integrate – a hobby, Yoga, meditation, swimming, Tai Chi or some other stress buster in to your daily schedule. It works miracles!

3 Things to avoid since they decelerate the working of the immune system

1. Excessive sugar consumption: The sugar is being called an anti-nutrient; it has no nutrients of its own, it provides empty calories, and what’s worse is it takes nutrients away from your body. This depletion of vital nutrients compromises the immune system, seriously affecting its capacity to fight off infections. Thus, you need to cut back on your consumption of sugar.

2. A sluggish, sedentary lifestyle: Not exercising regularly unfavourably affects your immune response. Regular exercise has been associated with good immune functioning and lesser episodes of infections and ailments. Exercise boosts blood circulation as well as the movement of lymphatic fluid and thus helps you increase immunity.

3. A diet devoid of fruits: Fruits are contain robust anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals. The immune system needs these powerful elements to wipe out infection causing microbes and prevent infections from striking. Amp up your intake of - apples, mangoes, berries, pineapples, guavas, watermelon – all the fruits that are in season - they help the immune system hunt down injurious invaders. Added bonus – they guarantee you a radiant skin and fabulous hair!

Feeling sick can be really awful. That’s why it is so very essential to look after your immune system. Armed with all this information, you can concentrate on building a good lifestyle routine which will shore up your immune system.

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