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Published: July 17, 2020 5:30:35 pm
The current health crisis has made everyone work on building their immunity by eating healthy and exercising on a regular basis. But immunity is not built overnight, points out author and celebrity nutritionist Pooja Makhija. “Neither does it happen by including one superfood in your diet,” she says. In an interview with indianexpress, she talks about the best way to build immunity, foods one should include in their diets and one Indian spice that is extremely beneficial for one’s overall health.
The pandemic has made us realise the importance of building immunity. But what does one need to focus on?
Your inherent immunity is your first line of defense against any disease. Your diet, of course, matters the most — how you’re eating, how much you’re eating, how clean you are eating. When I say clean, of course, I mean hygienically clean, but also, nutritionally clean — that means more farm-to-table foods. So the more this becomes a lifestyle habit, where you are eating nutritious food, reducing intake of high-sugar, high-fat and high-salt processed foods, the more you’re going to get your immunity stronger.
What about the belief that immunity can be built in a few days?
Immunity is not built overnight. It doesn’t happen by including one superfood in your diet or doing one good thing every day. Yes, it does take a while, but that does not mean it will take forever. There are a couple of essential pillars which go into improving the inherent immunity of a person.
What is the best way to build immunity? Can you suggest a few foods that help?
Very balanced meals. I think our Indian thali is one of the best examples of good immunity building foods as it is balanced and there is focus on dark green leafy vegetables. Vegetables are a very important part of our diet as they are all immunity-building high mineral foods. Proteins are extremely crucial because those are where your antibodies and your WBCs require the substrate from. A quarter of your plate should always be protein as this is crucial for immunity, along with carbs.
But food is not the only pillar. Hydration, exercise and sleep are the other three very crucial factors. You should have at least four active hours a week, if not one active hour every day. That is one of the best ways to release endorphins, which suppresses cortisol and therefore improves inherent immunity. Sleep is when your body repairs wear and tear and detoxes dead cells, rejuvenating with fresh…