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5 Immunity-boosting Foods You Need to Stock Up Right Away for Fighting Viruses

Immunity is the ability of your body to provide protection or resistance against infections and diseases caused by pathogens like, bacteria, viruses, parasites and other such harmful microorganisms. So, to improve your chances against viruses, you need immunity boosters, especially at a time when the entire world is coping with the coronavirus pandemic.

The COVID-19 is not the first health risk and it’ll certainly not be the last. People across the globe have faced multiple risks to their health and well-being. Time and again, it has been proven that the most important preventive measure is to enhance your body’s immunity. According to recent reports, 21% of the total population of India has low immunity.

So, what can you do to improve your immune system? How do you ensure that your immunity is strong enough to protect you against any kind of infection? Nirvana Naturopathy & Retreat’s highly-qualified naturopathy experts have rounded up five immunity-boosting foods that you must have in your fridge or kitchen cabinet.

Ginger

Ginger is a very common spice and its medicinal properties are well-recognized. Closely related to cardamom, galangal and turmeric, ginger is packed with gingerol. Gingerol is a bioactive compound that is both anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. Both of these support the immune system and keeps the body’s response systems active. You can consider adding ginger to fish, soup and stir-fry. You can also enjoy a hot cup of ginger tea.

Garlic

Garlic is lot more than just a flavor-enhancer. It contains Sulphur compounds, such as allicin. This compound helps in boosting the immune system. It has powerful antibiotic actions and offer support to the liver to carry out the process of detoxification effectively. Moreover, allicin helps in combating bacteria and viruses.

Citrus fruits

Your body doesn’t produce vitamin C naturally. So, you have to eat foods that do. Vitamin C is found in abundance in citrus fruits like, oranges, lemons and grapefruit. These fruits are known to be nature’s immunity boosters. You can just cut and have them or make a salad. Juice it.

Dark leafy vegetables

Kale, spinach, mustard greens and such other dark leafy vegetables are not only nutritious, but also low in calories. They are also packed with beta carotene, antioxidants and vitamin C. You can make a salad out of these vegetables or cook meals. But, always remember to eat your veggies.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a very important kitchen spice and found in every household in India. This is an essential immunity booster. The bitter, warming spice triggers an increase in a very crucial protein that helps the body’s immunity to fight off bacteria. Viruses and fungus. You can mix turmeric with your milk or use it to cook your favorite food items.

So, head to the nearest market!


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