The Key to increased Immunity: Easy access foods to consume
The pandemic that the world is collectively facing has raised many questions regarding, health, immunity, exercise and diet. While no activity or procedure, as determined yet, can prevent this deadly disease, there are definitely steps we can be taking to make things easier for our bodies.
The white blood cells in our body are fighters, and they attempt to fight infections when they enter the body. Immunity is the ability of the body to resist harmful micro-organisms, based on recognition mechanisms. The body tolerates whatever belongs to it, and rejects what is foreign (which does not originate from within itself). The body derives its immunity from antibodies generated from within the body, which is generated as a response to vaccines or infections developed naturally (active immunity). The body also derives immunity from secondary sources, such as antivenom antibodies and mother’s milk, which does not last long in the body as it is not supplied by the body (passive immunity).
What are antioxidants?
Antioxidants are substances which protect your cells from free radicals in your body. Free radicals are substances that your body could be exposed to post breaking down food, and if their levels are really high, they can cause colossal damage such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
- Citrus (Vitamin C) – oranges, lemons
Almost all citrus fruits are very strong in Vitamin C, according to Healthline. You can include oranges, lemons and tangerines into your diet, in order for vitamin C to increase the white blood cell count in your body. Especially since the body does not produce its own vitamin C, nor does it store it, consumption of this on a daily basis will do your body a lot of good
Turmeric contains curcumin, which increases the count of certain types of white cells in the body. This compound is also what gives it its yellow colour. Turmeric is used in a lot of cooking in Indian households, and is beneficial since it also has an anti-inflammatory nature, according to this article.
Garlic is also a common ingredient when it comes to the Indian cuisine. It is rich in sulfur containing compounds, which boost the immunity of the body. It is commonly used as an antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal agent.
Watermelon contains an antioxidant called glutathione, and according to WebMD, the red pulpy flesh of the watermelon, especially near the peel of the fruit, is rich in this. Antioxidants help the immune system when it comes to fighting infections that enter our body.
Spinach is considered a ‘super food’, and this leafy green vegetable has a lot to offer to the body. It helps the body regenerate and grow new cells, as well as boosts the fibre in our body. The numerous antioxidants it contains assists the body in its fighting capabilities, and is at its nutritional best when it is just cooked lightly.
Broccoli, as much as the popular opinion of it is against it, is one of the best foods one can consume, it is rich in vitamin A, C and E, while being charged with antioxidants and fiber. Small amounts of minerals such as zinc further back its ability to assist the immunity system,
Maintaining a healthy diet will solve a lot of problems and prevent many complications within our body, and it will also help maintain our immunity levels. While an increased immunity does not prevent infection, it reduces the risk our body faces, and it can be achieved with the most basic steps that an individual can take towards good health.