Sunday, 17 December 2017
Boost your immunity during the weather change.
The famous nutrition slogan “an apple a day keeps a doctor away” probably gives you the impression that apples are the healthiest fruits. What we don’t realise is that it takes more than an apple to build up our immune system, as our immune system works in protecting our bodies from disease causing micro organisms. Thus, to keep you healthy year round, there are other magical foods which play an important role in strengthening our immune system.
Here are a few examples of immunity boosters that can be included in your daily diet.
1) Garlic: Garlic can be added to almost all the dishes around the world. Garlic is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent and immune booster. Allicin is the key compound in garlic that fights infection and bacteria. A study also suggests that frequent garlic consumers are at a 30% lower risk of cancers.
2) Coconut oil: Coconut oil has anti fungal, anti viral and bacterial properties. The monotriglyceride chains (MCTs) in coconut oil can kill harmful pathogens potentially helping to prevent infections. It also boosts metabolism, improves insulin secretion and supports thyroid function.
3) Dry fruits and nuts: Dry fruits like almonds, walnuts and dates provide essential vitamins and minerals for building immunity. Nuts are good sources of vitamin E, vitamin C and niacin. Vitamin E is a key to healthy immune system.
4) Turmeric: A key ingredient in many curries, this spice has been used for years as an anti-inflammatory agent in treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Curcumin is the principal compound in turmeric which is known to reduce fever and inflammation.
5) Yogurt: Probiotics are healthy bacteria that keep the gut and intestinal tract free of disease causing germs. A study from the University of Vienna in Austria found that yogurt was effective in boosting immunity. It is particularly important after you’ve been prescribed antibiotics.