5 Natural Ways to Boost Immunity
1. Turmeric milk (golden milk) before sleeping
Turmeric is a spice known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and rejuvenating properties essential to revitalize the body.
Golden milk is also known to improve sleep quality and improve hormonal balance.
The trick is to consume the right amount of turmeric in warm milk and not abuse or overuse it as every spice only works its magic when consumed correctly. Not more than a pinch or half teaspoon of turmeric in warm milk is what we recommend.
Turmeric can also be used in meals like curries in moderate amounts to add the benefits of this spice to your health.
Enjoy this healthy drink before sleep and reap its benefits in abundance.
Here are the recipe links to enhance the taste of your Golden milk:
2. Stop stressing out
Stress is one of the most significant aspects known to have detrimental effects on the immune system.
Our body is designed to bring our organs into a “FIGHT OR FLIGHT” mode as soon as the mind receives stress signals. In this mode, our body delivers most of the energy to the organs equipped to fight this high stress mode and stop the natural digestion, repairing and recreation functions essential for running this body efficiently.
When we are used to this stress mode very often, it leads to higher levels of inflammation and in turn the immune system becomes week and is unable to protect the body from viruses and infections how its originally designed to do.
Therefore, taking care of the stress levels is very important to keep the immunity levels up and running.
Find ways to calm your system through meditation, exercise, dance and it could just be anything that makes you want to keep the stress monster away.
3. Stay high on Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an essential part of the skin’s defence system. It’s actively transported to the skin, where it acts as an antioxidant and helps strengthen the skin barriers which work to defend any harmful infections entering our body and heal the system internally.
Vitamin C also helps to absorb the essential minerals from fruits and vegetables.
Best natural sources of Vitamin C are:
- Strawberries and blueberries
- Bell pepper
4. Practicing mindfulness meditation
Mindfulness is a practice of focusing ones attention to the occurrences of the present
moment without relapsing into past or future thoughts or judging the moment based on the data imprinted on the mind.
Being fully present in the moment to moment experience and acknowledging it as the only “Real” moment is the art of being blissfully mindful.
According to many of the ancient Indian texts that possess wealth of immense knowledge have also acknowledged the “MAGIC OF THE MOMENT”. Saints and sages of old times always presented this idea to be the fundamental source of perceiving the world in its fullness.
The benefits of bringing momentary awareness in daily life is multidimensional. When we practice mindfulness, our body is known to activate the prefrontal cortex of the brain responsible to command the immune system.
Many studies claim to forecast benefits of mindfulness and its overall impact on the immune system.
5. Focus on quality sleep
It does not matter how many hours you sleep in a day. We have all heard of the recommended 8-9 hours of essential sleep time required for the body, but it makes me wonder if every individual and body is different, how can one concept of sleep work as a standard solution for all humanity.
The idea we intend to focus on, is that not the duration but the quality of sleep is what really matters.
You may stay in bed for hours on some days but still not feel rested when you get up. This instantly negates the point of duration.
Sleeping well means bringing your body to a state of complete restfulness where it gets the
opportunity to repair and replenish the system.
Sleep is the time when all the data infused in the mind gets the time to be processed In the brain, it’s the time for repairing the internal systems which are busy working on activities
performed by us all day long like eating, reading, working out etc.
All the above stated methods can help the body to create a good sleeping pattern.
Even if you sleep for 5 hours and it makes you feel well rested and refreshed, it is perfectly okay.
The key to good sleep is “QUALITY” and a feeling of being “WELL RESTED” in the morning.
Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor