Sound Sleep, Omega-3-Rich Diet, Stress-Free Mind: 5 Ways To Boost Body's Immunity - For The Healthy You

Sound Sleep, Omega-3-Rich Diet, Stress-Free Mind: 5 Ways To Boost Body’s Immunity – For The Healthy You

  • April 29, 2020
For The Healthy You
As fancy as it sounds, the idea of boosting immunity, has proven to be difficult to materialise in reality. For years, researchers from across the world have been struggling to figure out the accurate formula to achieve a good immune system. Until the formula is known, it is recommended to adopt a healthy lifestyle for an enhanced immune function, and to keep the body intact and healthy.

Making healthy lifestyle changes in terms of diet, exercise and managing stress, in addition to other factors, can go a long way in helping the immune system get the boost it requires.

On International Immunology Day, Chennai-based clinical nutritionist, lactation consultant and diabetes educator – Ramya Ramachandran – shares five tips that can give your life a healthy spin.

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Opt For A Balanced Diet


Opt For A Balanced Diet

A balanced diet with the right amount of nutrients can do wonders in boosting a person’s immunity, and keeping you away from diseases.

Ginger, garlic, star anise, omega-3 fats, flax seeds are some foods that have antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. These can be included in your meals daily. It’s also important to focus on micronutrients which have a major impact on health.

To add the required amount of micronutrients to any diet, one can look at home fortification as an alternative. In this method, a commercially available product is conveniently utilised on a daily basis to prevent nutrition deficiencies. Power mixes of rice and flour avaiable in the market is one such example of food fortification, which increases the micronutrient value of home-cooked meals.

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Getting A Good Night's Sleep


Getting A Good Night’s Sleep

Most of us underestimate the power and importance of adequate sound and refreshing sleep. Lack of proper sleep can activate the inflammatory immune response, which can reduce reactivity to vaccines, further leading to the release of excess stress hormones. It will ultimately weaken the immune system.

A minimum of 7-8 hours of regular sleep is a must to maintain a healthy circadian rhythm, and help the body’s T-Cells (also known as immune cells) to kill the pathogens. A night of good sleep also helps in burning calories.

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Exercise Is Key
Exercise reduces inflammation and supports the white blood cells, which means a little workout can help you become healthy. It is also scientifically proven that working out regularly can boost your immune system. However, exercising needs to be done in a moderate way.

You can opt for bodyweight movements like lunges, push-ups, burpees, and other exercises to get a sweat on, and get a quick full-body workout at home, without any equipment. There are many apps that offer workouts that can be performed at home with guidance and support.

A physically active lifestyle is beneficial in warding off the bacterial and viral infections suggesting that immune strength is enriched with regular bouts of exercise.

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