Title: Daily diet and food that boosts immunity naturally
COVID – 19 pandemic situation or not, we are surrounded by micro-organisms all the time. Pathogenic microorganisms such as bacteria, virus, parasites and fungi –in simple words‘germs’ – are the reason behind INFECTIOUS DISEASES. WE CAN’T SEE THEM! But still we prevent them from harming us. How??
Our immune system keeps on fighting with them, day and night, without a break! Can you imagine, if a single germ crosses this barrier – it leads you to all sorts of health problems and unnecessary expenses. So, we need to pay extra attention to the immunity, especially in the times of Corona Virus. So, here are some amazing tips to boost your immunity through diet and immunity booster foods.
Addthese MICRONUTRIENTS in your diet
People talk about calories and fats in the food but they rarely display such interest in zinc, selenium, iron, copper, folic acid, and vitamins. Our body needs these micro-nutrients in a very minute quantities but in their absence, our immune system cannot function to its maximum capacity. Fruits and vegetables can easily provide them to you, if you include them in your daily diet.
Zinc: Zinc is very important for production of White Blood Cells (WBC) which act as a natural mechanism for defense against pathogens and foreign elements. Various Nuts, Pumpkin Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Beans, and Lentils are good source of Zinc.
Selenium:Selenium is an anti-oxidant which helps in managing inflammation as well as immune response of the body. Cottage Cheese, Sunflower Seeds, Brown Rice, Baked Beans, Lentils, Cashews, Bananas, and Brown Rice are some of the major sources of Selenium.
Iron: Iron is very important for overall development of immune system and the first & secondary immune response. Beans, Lentils, Baked Potatoes, Cashew, Green Vegetables, Fortified Cereals, Whole-grain Breads, etc. are good sources of Iron.
Copper: Copper is the weapon of our immune system against the pathogens. The phagocytes which are released by our immune system to fight such intruders, requires copper to neutralize them. Sweet Potatoes, Sesame Seeds, Dry Roasted Cashews, Chickpeas, etc. are sources of Copper.
Vitamins: Vitamins A, B6, C, and E are very important micronutrients for our immune system. Lack of these vitamins may make you vulnerable to germs and infections. Green Vegetables, Chickpeas, Spinach, Nuts, Seeds, and certain Fishes are good sources of these vitamins.
The key to good immunity is in healthy lifestyle. One needs to add more dry fruits, nuts and seeds along with fresh fruits and vegetables in the regular daily diets to ensure that such micronutrients are supplied to the immune system for a better protection from pathogens.