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How to increase the immunity with food in your kitchen- home remedies

Updated on July 1, 2016

Nature has products to boost our immunity

Our body has the natural ability to give a fighting reply to disease causing germs, bacteria, virus and other factors. The white blood cells present in the bloodstream plays the role of the fighter. This immunity tends to decrease with age and other factors. Most of the medicines and antibiotics treat the disease by increasing the immunity of the body against the respective disease. Here we can see that we prefer to medicines to treat the ailment or in other words to increase the immunity. Remember, these medicines are not according to nature’s pattern which defines the human body. Our body is a natural product and responds best to any natural treatment and natural booster. This is not against any medicine; there are cases where natural therapy looses to clinical methods. But the natural methods have an upper hand. We have identified some food and natural products which increase the immunity of the body (immunity booster) and keep the body and mind healthy. In this article, you will come to know the properties of food which are responsible for better immunity of the body.

Functions of our body

Know our immune system

Our immune system is a combination of many functions and whose only goal is to protect our body from unhealthy conditions by warding off disease causing germs and bacteria. It is like an orchestra which has many instruments and only one goal. Our immune system has cells circulating in the bloodstream, or in the lymph nodes. These are present in every part of the body. The immune cells are positioned in your body in such a way to prevent the entrance of any invader, whenever it is called upon. The immune system has lymphocytes or T-cells which fights the disease causing germs and bacteria. It also has B-cells which help in the formation of anti bodies that act against the invading molecule and toxins. Your immune system also has phagocyte cells, like macro phages and neutrophilis. Its main function is to clear the debris and waste created from the dying or destroying cells. Your immune system has also soluble factors which can recognize the area from where your body has been invaded and then helps in treating that particular area. We can see that immune system has complex functions which have to be at the optimum level at all the time. It is a system that involves our whole body and needs to be maintained preferably by natural methods. Natural methods are slow but have permanent effect. The physiological effect of the natural products is absolutely positive on the long run. It is said “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, more natural products like this is explained in this article to boost your immune system.

12 Best Immunity Booster Foods

Studies have shown that foods rich in protein, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and certain minerals and vitamins keep our immune system at optimum level. This section will explain about the food which are rich in above nutrients and help in the natural process of keeping the body immune to diseases.

Yogurt

Yogurt is good for digestion which is essential to keep the immune properties of the food intact. Although it is found in supplement, just 6-7 ounce of yoghurt a day is enough to keep your immunity at the top. The “live active culture” found in yogurt are the good bacteria like lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium lactis which keeps the intestinal tract free of disease causing germs and bacteria and the increases the white blood cells count in your body.

Oats and barley

Oats and barley contains beta-glucan. Beta-glucan is a type of fiber which has the capabilities of antimicrobial and antioxidant. For animals, it is very beneficial to keep away influenza, herpes and even anthrax with other benefits. In human, it boosts the immunity and helps the antibiotics to work better.

Green tea

Green tea is a good source of L-theanine, a type of amino acid that helps in the release of T-cells which fights disease causing germs and bacteria. Green tea is also best in boosting the rate of metabolism. Higher rate of metabolism helps in keeping the weight low by digesting the food quickly.

Orange

Juicy and sweet oranges are the excellent source of vitamin-C. Vitamin C is best to produce higher level of antibodies and increase the white blood cells count. It is a rich source of flavanones, a special group flavonoid family of antioxidants which gives protection from a number of diseases.

Garlic

Garlic is good to fight infections and ward off diseases. Garlic has ajoene, allicin and thiosulfinates which help in anti germs property of garlic with increasing the immunity. A research in Britain on 150 people shows that people who took garlic for 12 weeks are less likely to catch cold. Further, it reduces the chances of stomach cancer and colorectal cancer by 30 and 50 percent respectively. Two raw cloves a day or crushed garlic to your diet is enough to take care of immunity. You can have raw cloves in empty stomach every morning everyday. This will definitely improves your immune system with other added benefits to the body. It also helps in arthritis. Two garlics in the early morning with empty stomach is sufficient to keep away the knee pain of old aged persons.

Carrot

Garlic is good to fight infections and ward off diseases. Garlic has ajoene, allicin and thiosulfinates which help in anti germs property of garlic with increasing the immunity. A research in Britain on 150 people shows that people who took garlic for 12 weeks are less likely to catch cold. Further, it reduces the chances of stomach cancer and colorectal cancer by 30 and 50 percent respectively. Two raw cloves a day or crushed garlic to your diet is enough to take care of immunity.

Sweet potato

The first barrier for any foreign attack against the healthy body is our skin. Our skin is the first line barrier for any unhealthy attack. Our skin needs vitamin A to stay healthy and strong and the best way to get vitamin A is by food containing beta carotene. Just like carrot, sweet potatoes have also beta carotene which our body converts it into vitamin A

Salmon

Salmon contains omega -3 fatty acids, omega-3 fatty acids helps in fighting bacteria more effectively by helping out body’s phagocytes. Omega-3 fatty acids are produced in your body from omega-3 fat alpha-linolenic acid has anti inflammatory property and boost the immune system.

Broccoli

It is a good source of glucosinolates and phytonutrients rich in sulfur. It is also a rich source of vitamin C which is helpful in increasing white blood cells count. It also helps in boosting the natural antioxidant system of the body. Therefore, helps in keeping the antibodies perfect.

Spinach

Spinach is rich in vitamin A and C which are very good antioxidants that help in keeping your immune system and the response of antibodies at optimum level. Other antioxidants like zeaxanthin and lutein are helpful in combating harmful UV rays and prevent eyes from the formation of cataract.

Mushroom

Mushroom is rich in protein, fiber, vitamin C, B, calcium and many other beneficial minerals which help in fighting disease causing germs and bacteria. Additionally, mushroom contains beta-glucan which has the property of enhancing immune system. Beta-glucan binds the macrophages and other scavenger white blood cells, thus activating their anti-infection activities.

Milk

Milk from grass fed cows has beneficial bacteria that give a boost to your immune system and also reduces allergies. This organic milk also has beneficial fats that help the immune system. It is also a rich source of vitamin A, zinc and enzymes.

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    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub on how to boost our imununity with nature's foods. Voted up!

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago

      Excellent information. I was happy to see that most all of the items on your list are ones we eat in my home. Great Job! V+

      Kim

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very useful guide about the natural food items, which boost immunity!

      Thankfully, me and my family takes most of them.

      Thanks for this useful information! Voted up!