|Antioxidants||Eating fruits such as prunes, raisins, plums, oranges, red grapes, cherries which are rich in antioxidants, boosts immune system. Free radicals interfere with our immune system’s response to things such as the cold or flu, a diet rich in antioxidants will fight off the damage by keeping your immune system strong.|
|Blueberries||Stilbenoids from blueberries stimulate the CAMP gene to boost immune response. Wild blueberries in particular are potent immune boosters.|
|Coconut||Coconut is rich in lauric acid, which converts in our body to monolaurin. Monolaurin is the compound found in breast milk that strengthens a baby’s immunity.|
|Diet||Over 70% of our immune system is in our gut and what we eat forms the foundation of our health. Nutritional deficiencies can damage immune system, increasing the risk of infections. Fresh fruit and vegetables are the best sources of vitamins and minerals around, which is why it’s so important to eat a good variety every day.|
|Exercise||Exercise contributes to good health and therefore to a healthy immune system. Exercise promotes good circulation, which allows the cells and substances of the immune system to move through the body freely and function efficiently.|
|Food Supplements||Even the healthiest meal plan needs supplemental nutrition. Some of Supplements rich in vitamins C, E, and A, beta-carotene, and selenium, have immune-boosting properties.|
|Germs||While we must maintain hygiene, we must not live in a ridiculously clean environment. Exposure to germs creates antibodies which are needed for a stronger immune system.|
|Herbs||Herbs fortify our body. Loaded with antioxidants and vitamins, herbs strengthen our immune system and detoxify our body. Herbs like garlic, ginseng, clove, oregano, ginger, turmeric, mushrooms should be an integral part of our diet.|
|Immunization||Routine vaccinations have a huge impact on reducing and in many cases nearly eradicating, a number of infectious diseases. Immunizations occurring during childhood is very vital for a strong immune system.|
|Junk away Sugar ||Eating or drinking too much refined sugar, can reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill germs.|
|Kale||Kale, a hearty green vegetable is a nutritional powerhouse. The nutrients in kale strengthen the immune system and fight viruses and bacteria. It’s a great source of iron, which is an especially important mineral for vegans and vegetarians.|
|Laugh||Laughing is good for us. It curbs the levels of stress hormones in our body and boosts a type of white blood cell that fights infection. Just anticipating a funny event can have a positive effect on our immune system.|
|Music||Listening to music can boost the immune system and may even help fight off disease. Music leads to special physiological changes which eventually lead to stress reduction or direct immune enhancement.|
|Network of Friends||We all know friends are important, but strong social ties can also have a big effect on our health. A recent study found that people with strong relationships were 50% more likely to survive than those with poor social ties.|
|Omega 3||Omega 3 fatty acids help to boost the immune system by enhancing the functioning of immune cells. Seafood, flaxseed, hempseed oil, walnuts, canola oil, eggs, pumpkin seeds are rich sources of Omega 3 fatty acids!|
|Probiotics||Though the exact molecular interactions between probiotic bacteria and intestinal cells are not yet well understood, experiments have shown that probiotics can enhance immunity. Eating probiotic foods such as yogurt and fermented pickles, kimchi is good.|
|Quinoa||Quinoa, a grain-like crop contains all nine amino acids, making it an amazing source of protein. It also contains other B vitamins and high levels of iron and zinc, minerals necessary for a healthy immune system.|
|Relax||Stress can weaken the immune system and accelerate the aging process. The ability to relax and rejuvenate promotes wellness, vitality and longevity.|
|Sleep||Without enough sleep, our immune system may not have the resources it needs to fight off illness. We can help ourselves to a more restful sleep by keeping a regular schedule, getting exercise, avoiding caffeine and alcohol close to bedtime, relaxing before bedtime, and keeping your bedroom at a comfortable temperature.|
|Tea||Regularly drinking tea throughout the day can help strengthen our immune system and our body’s ability to fight off germs and infections. Green and black teas, and Tulsi tea contain a beneficial amino acid called L-theanine, which can increase the infection fighting capacity of gamma delta T cells.|
|Unpasteurized Grass-Fed Organic Milk||Raw organic milk from grass-fed cows contains beneficial bacteria that prime our immune system and can reduce allergies. Raw milk also contains beneficial fats that help our immune system.|
|Vegetables||Vegetables such as spinach, brussels sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, broccoli flowers, beets, red bell peppers, onions, corn, eggplant pack the most powerful antioxidant punch.|
|Water||Drinking a lot of water can help flush toxins out of our body and strengthen the immune system|
|Xpose Yourself||Vitamin D plays a number of roles in promoting normal immune function.|
|Yoga||Countless studies show that yoga improves immune functioning. The practice of yoga is an organic immune system “boost-up” that provides us with natural ways to reduce the effects of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual pollution.|
|Zest for Life||Positive thoughts can give our immune system a healthy boost. One study of law students found that when they were feeling more optimistic, their immune system was stronger. So we must take time to increase the optimism, take time to savor the things we enjoy, look for the silver lining in difficult situations, and try not to dwell on negative thoughts.|
November 21, 2013 10:20 pm|
Reducing the amount of fast food, beverages, canned food, instant food and other unhealthy food we eat outside, also makes a huge difference.
Growing organic vegetables at home and eating them gives us the maximum nutrition without pesticides.
PS: Kudos to your efforts! 🙂
November 23, 2013 3:57 pm|
You said it, Rajesh. Junk foods don’t provide us with any essential nutrients, even though they can be give us that filling feeling. Agree, organic food comes with real health benefits. Wish it was a little inexpensive though. Thanks a lot, Rajesh 🙂
November 22, 2013 4:04 am|
A comprehensive list there. Good luck for the contest
November 23, 2013 4:00 pm|
Thank you Jayashree 🙂
November 22, 2013 6:06 am|
Another awesome list from you Shilpa, Best of luck for the contest 🙂
November 23, 2013 4:02 pm|
Thanks a lot, Reshma 🙂
November 22, 2013 6:18 am|
Awesome post, ATB for the contest 😀
November 23, 2013 4:03 pm|
Thank you Jairam 🙂
November 22, 2013 8:35 am|
Wonderful post. You have very intelligently framed the a to z benefits for the immune system. A very useful list. This is definitely a prize winning post.All the best.
November 23, 2013 4:08 pm|
Aha! Thank you so much, Ma’am 🙂 You made my day 🙂
November 22, 2013 12:20 pm|
Excellent post…very well written and explained in very simple way.
All the best for the contest…..
November 23, 2013 4:09 pm|
Thank you so much, Prasad. Glad you liked it 🙂
November 22, 2013 12:38 pm|
loved the post….very informative & comprehensive!
Good luck for the contest 🙂
November 23, 2013 4:24 pm|
Thank you Dreamzandclouds 🙂
November 22, 2013 4:11 pm|
A-Z…you have said it all Shilpa. Fantastic read. Keep writing. All the best for the contest 🙂
Someone is Special
November 23, 2013 4:25 pm|
Thks S 🙂 and good luck to you too!
November 22, 2013 4:31 pm|
Cool post! Easy to understand for the kids too. 🙂
November 23, 2013 4:28 pm|
Thks Indrani 🙂
November 22, 2013 7:16 pm|
That’s cool.I liked the way that you brought the elements alphabetically. Nice!
Good luck with the contest.
November 23, 2013 4:30 pm|
Glad you liked this presentation, Kajal. Thank you 🙂
November 22, 2013 10:10 pm|
Each one is a gem, excellent presentation and information, ATB for the contest:)
November 23, 2013 4:31 pm|
Thank you Asha and ATB to you too 🙂
November 23, 2013 9:13 am|
Really creative and well researched. Well done and all the best for the contest!
Would love your feedback on my entry at http://www.indiblogger.in/indipost.php?post=299732
November 23, 2013 4:33 pm|
Thank you so much, Doc! And good luck to you too, enjoyed your comprehensive post on the subject! 🙂
November 23, 2013 3:57 pm|
That was a comprehensive list. I lack Exercise and Yoga. I loved the Laughter, Relax and Sleep. That’s exactly what I have done since morning, the kids being in school today. A great post! 🙂
November 23, 2013 4:36 pm|
Same pinch… wish I get enough motivation to keep up with my walks regularly! 😐 And hope you follow an exercise regime too, coz it is so important for us to follow that!! Thank you Rekha, glad you liked it 🙂
November 23, 2013 7:08 pm|
Shilpa,best for me in this is Laugh.
Laugh or laugh it off is the medicine for all problems in life.
November 27, 2013 11:17 pm|
Yes, life is better when you are laughing! 🙂
March 12, 2014 8:44 am|
Informative post 🙂
Love the idea of a to z 🙂
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May 17, 2017 1:18 pm|
An interesting innovative way to describe the golden rules to good health.
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September 25, 2017 12:49 pm|
Great tips and glossary.
I drink ginger and lemon tea in the morning with a little honey for the taste. This improves the immune system you can replace your morning coffee with that 😉
August 27, 2019 6:16 pm|
Stress is actually the main reason for all the diseases. Thanks for sharing this post, it’s really helpful!