Our environment is filled with micro-organisms. Some of the bacteria, yeast, viruses, fungi, etc make us fall ill, and few diseases can be fatal. The immunity system defends against the germs, and provides you protection. It is advisable to include healthy food in your diet as 75% of the immunity is influenced by gut health.
Here are a few diet suggestions that you can include to boost your immunity.
Yogurt: Containing probiotic, it increases white blood cell counts and boosts immunity. It also keeps the intestine healthy.
Mushroom: Containing beta-glucans, they activate the immune system. They are also rich in fiber, protein, vitamin A and B, and calcium. Research suggests there are anti-viral and anti-tumor effects in them.
Shellfish: Crabs, lobsters and oyster extracts are rich in selenium and zinc, which boost immunity. They aid in secretion of cykotines, large group of proteins that keep illness at bay.
Garlic: Containing phytochemical allicin, it keeps your heart healthy, lowers blood pressure level and increases the level of good cholesterol. It reduces the risk factors for colorectal cancer.
Green Tea: Anti-oxidant polyphenols defends you against free radicals; its anti-inflammatory effects boosts your immunity. It is also rich in L-theanine, an amino acid, which releases germ fighting compounds from T-cells.
Spinach: Rich in vitamin C, it is packed with beta-carotene and anti-oxidants, which shoots up the ability to fight infection.
Almonds: Rich in Vitamin E, it keeps your immune system healthy. It is a fat soluble vitamin and it helps fats to be absorbed properly.