The immune system is the body's
defense against infectious organisms. The immune system attacks organisms and substances
that invade body systems and may cause disease through a series of steps called
the immune response. The immune system is made up of a network of cells, tissues,
and organs. Together they protect the body. One of the important cells involved
are white blood cells, also called leukocytes. These cells seek out and destroy
disease-causing organisms or substances. When a harmful microorganism — like a cold
or flu virus — gets into the body, the immune system mounts an attack. This attack
is a sequence of events that involves various cells and unfolds over time. For example,
when a person gets fever, the immune system is able to work better at a higher body
temperature, while germs do not reproduce well at higher temperatures. The swelling
in the sinuses during a
cold is due to the fact that armies of immune cells are rushing to the area
to fight the germs. A runny nose allows the body to flush out germs along with mucus.
Improving immunity helps a person
to fight off germs and keep the body healthy.
Natural Immune Boosters
There are many foods that are natural immune boosters. Regular intake of these foods
are recommended to boost the immune system.
It's not only refreshing when it's ripe, but it is full of an antioxidant called
glutathione. It strengthens the immune system. To get the most glutathione in the
watermelon, one must eat the red pulpy flesh near the rind.
It's the part of a wheat seed that feeds a baby wheat plant, and it's rich in nutrients.
It's a great way to get zinc, antioxidants, and B vitamins. Wheat germ delivers
a good mix of fiber, protein, and some healthy fat.
Probiotics, found in yogurt and other fermented products, may ease the severity
This natural immune booster is a "super food." It contains folate, which helps the
body make new cells and repair DNA. It also has fiber, antioxidants such as vitamin
C, and more. One must eat spinach raw or lightly cooked to get the most benefit.
White, green, or black, each delivers disease-fighting polyphenols and flavonoids.
These antioxidants seek out cell-damaging free radicals and destroy them.
Like carrots, sweet potatoes are good source of beta-carotene that converts to vitamin
A, which removes the damaging free radicals. This helps bolster the immune system
and may even improve the aging process.
It is a very good immune-boosting food. It is full of nutrients that protect the
body from damage. It has vitamins A and C, and the antioxidant glutathione.
Raw garlic can help beat skin infections. It has the ability to fight bacteria,
viruses, and fungi. A garlic supplement may help lower cholesterol.
It has been used by the ancient Egyptians to treat infections. It helps the body
fight bacteria and several kinds of viruses, including the flu.
It can ease nausea and vomiting. It is a good source of antioxidants. Antioxidants
work best when you get them straight from fruits and veggies.
How to Improve Immunity
- Consume a wholesome diet
- Stop Smoking
- Avoid Sugar
- The protective white blood cells in the body have a reduced ability to kill bacteria
when exposed to high levels of sugar. Sugar suppresses the immune system and the
ability to fight infection.
- Limit coffee
- Coffee has some antioxidants. But high acid levels of coffee may prevent the absorption
of calcium, magnesium, and potassium from food. It may also dehydrate the body.
Green tea is a healthier alternative.
- Reduce alcohol. It can interfere with immune function and increase the risk of infections.
- Eat healthy fats. Have more Omega 3' & 6' fatty acids. They help the immune system
to kill germs and invaders.
- Eliminate Toxic Food from Your Diet. Avoid unnatural substances like food additives,
artificial colors and flavors and preservatives found in commercial food.
- Raise your body’s pH. It is believed that disease causing germs cannot survive in
alkaline environment. Eat vegetables and fruit. They raise your body's pH. Avoid
excesses of meat, dairy, sugars, and cooked grain. They make your body more acidic.
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