The author, Dr Manoj Kutteri, is the Wellness Director at Atmantan and has more than 20 years of experience in developing wellness programmes across India and overseas. He has extensive knowledge in mind-body medicine, Naturopathy, Ayurveda, Nutrition, Acupuncture, Yoga and Physical culture.
The immune system is our in-built army of cells and proteins that detects, registers and protects the body against any foreign bodies that may have invaded or entered it. It is responsible for keeping us healthy and illness free. The strength of the immune system determines the capacity of a person to tackle various physical, emotional, and environmental challenges.
With the COVID-19 pandemic spreading rampantly across the world, we need to focus on building up our immunity and actively seek a mindful lifestyle. However, it is not as easy as it sounds. The immune system is a complex mesh of several kinds of cells, each playing their role in defending the body against harmful microbes.
Incorporating them into your daily routine can catalyse the growth and strengthen your immunity.
In addition to Naturopathic practices, here are small steps that you can take which reap astoundingly positive results:
The cliché is true; your body is a temple, and you have to be careful of what you're feeding it.
While a once in a blue moon cheat day won't hurt, unmindful eating habits are the core reason for stunting the growth of your immune system. Nourish your body with vitamin-rich foods and give it sufficient amounts of fibre. Remember your immune system has nothing to do with the way your body looks.
For a healthy liver, cruciferous vegetables like Kale, Broccoli and Cabbage should be included in daily diet. A healthy liver ensures the body's natural detoxification process.
Getting your sleep cycle in sync is one of the biggest gifts you can give your body. The body requires about 8 hours of sound sleep to rejuvenate and reboot its systems. It has to be kept in mind that it's not only 8 hours of sleep, but the timely hours of sleep that matter too.
Often, we stress ourselves by staying up till 3 am thereby disrupting the normal functioning of our body that leads to obesity, stress, emotional imbalance and other illnesses.
Working out regularly has been scientifically proven to boost the immune system. Regular exercise mobilises the T cells, a type of white blood cell which guards the body against infection.
However, continuous rigorous workout weakens the immune system, leaving you prone to flu and viral infections. Low level of Vitamin D in the body has been termed as one of the significant reasons for respiratory problems. A brisk walk in the sunlight for 10–15 minutes will ensure that enough Vitamin D is produced in the body.
These are simple but highly effective tweaks in your daily routine. The key is listening carefully to your body and conscious living, consistently.
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