Immunity refers to the body’s protective response to an invading foriegn organism or agent other. Like other systems in our body there is something called immune system which is made up of the bone marrow, white blood cells and the lymphoid tissues which protects the body against various diseases.
Because most of the disease we acquire are due to lack of immunity, it is necessary to boost our immunity naturally in order to prevent diseases,
Natural immunity is present since birth from the mother to the child whereas acquired immunity develops after birth. We cant do much about the natural immunity but we can boost the acquired immunity.
1. Breast milk: Breast feeding not only creates a bond between the mother and the child but also helps the child to prevent many diseases. Breast milk has immunoglobulin A(IgA) which protects the baby against respiratory, gastrointestinal and genitourinary infections. If you want to do something good for your child, exclusively breast feed for atleast 3 months then supplement other feeds with breast milk.
2. Immunisation: Generating a protective immune response through immunisation plays an important role to prevent many diseases. These immunisation should be given at the right age of life. Certain immunisations are given soon after birth, some in few weeks and months, some in years of life which develops sufficient immune response in course of time to fight the disease.
3. Nutrition: A well balanced diet helps to maintain optimal health. Protein and vitamin C boosts immunity and helps prevention of infection. Lemon, oranges and gauva helps to fight bacteria while protein rich foods binds them and helps in faster wound healing. Vitamin E produces natural killer cells and carotenoids increases the number of these natural killer cells thereby prevents infection. Zinc also helps in production of WBC which reduces the incidence of infection.
4. Avoid excessive sugar intake: Excess sugar can reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill germs. The researchers prove that immune-suppressing effect of sugar starts less than thirty minutes after ingestion and may last for five hours.
5. Food allergens: food allergens damages the cell wall, enabling invaders and other potentially toxic substances in the food to get into the bloodstream and supresses the immunity.
6. Avoid certain drugs: Do not use any drugs for longer time unless it is prescribed by your doctor. Certain drugs like steroids and anti inflamatory are said to cause immuno supression. Avoid taking these drugs unless it is really necessary to save your life.
7. Avoid alcohol: Alcohol produces an overall nutritional deficiency, depriving the body of valuable immune- boosting nutrients. It also reduces the ability of white cells to multiply and kill germs. Studies have proved that damage to the immune system increases in proportion to the quantity of alcohol consumed. Amounts of alcohol that are enough to cause intoxication are also enough to suppress immunity.
8. Personal Hygiene: Any infection enters your body through skin. Taking bath daily, brushing twice a day, wearing clean clothes are certain means through which you can keep yourself healthy.
9. Relaxation: Leading a stress free life boosts your immune system more than anything else. Forget your worries and reduce your anger is the best tip to boost immunity.
10. Obesity: Obesity depresses the immune system. It affects the ability of white blood cells to multiply, produce antibodies, and rush to the site of an infection.