Without much ado, food originated from the Latin word “victual” meaning bread, or “victus” meaning feed or nourish, etc. Besides, food can simply be defined as any material, usually of plants or animals origin, that contains or consist of essential body nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, vitamin, proteins, mineral salt, etc and is ingested and assimilated by an organism to produce energy, stimulate growth, and maintain life. Animals and most other organisms obtain food by consuming other organisms or organic matters while, plants, algae, and some bacteria make their own food through photosynthesis. Food materials, especially carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, that organisms use for energy, growth, and maintaining the processes of life are so essential.
The immune system consists of organs, cells, tissues, and proteins. Together, these carry bodily processes that fight off pathogens, which are the viruses, bacteria, and foreign bodies that cause infections or diseases. When the immune system comes into contact with a pathogen, it triggers an immune response. The immune system releases antibodies, which attach to antigens on the pathogens and kill them. A healthful, balanced diet plays a vital role in staying and living a better life well.
The examples of amazing foods that boost the human immune system are as follows:
Okra, blueberries, sweet potatoes, turmeric, pumpkin, dark chocolate, oily fish, spinach, beans, ginger, garlic, green tea, yam, vegetables, onions, kefir, sunflower seeds, almonds, oranges or kiwifruit (kiwis), red ball pepper, banana, etc. The details of the above foods may not be fully exhausted due to time, space, and some factors here but, some of them will be given thorough explanations and attention.
- Oily fish: such as tuma, pilchards are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids. 2014 report on research discovered that long-term intake of omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This is a condition that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy parts of the body.
- Spinach: contains vitamin C and E that help to support the human immune system.
- Ginger: has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties and it offers health benefits.
- Sweet potatoes: contain beta carotene, a type of antioxidant that gives the skin healthy and protects against skin damages from ultraviolet rays (UV).
- Broccoli (vegetables): this supports a healthy immune system and it is a very rich source of vitamin C
- Dark chocolate:
- contains an antioxidant called theobromine which helps to boost the immune system by protecting the body’s cells from free radicals.
Furthermore, there are still other ways or measures one can take to boost his or her immune system apart from eating food. They are as follows:
- Abstain from smoking cigarettes, Indian hemp, etc.
- Practicing correct hand-washing and oral hygiene.
- Avoid alcohol or drinking in moderation.
- Getting enough sleep.
- Minimize stress.
- Regular exercise.
- Maintaining a healthy weight.
Once, one adopts the above measures, it really helps to boost the human immune system. Medical professionals do advise people to take an adequate balanced diet to resist infections and diseases. Drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, etc seriously damage the human immune system and make the body prone to different types of infections and diseases. Apart from medical professionals, churches, schools at all levels, local government, states, communities, villages, etc should join hands together to disseminate information concerning the dangers and serious side effects of smoking and excessive intake of alcohol that seriously damage the human body immune system.
The lives of people can be saved so easily once this measure or approach on human immune system body control is maintained because they said health is wealth. Meaning that once one has good health he or she can pursue wealth. But when the reverse is the case, the strength to look for wealth may not be there and death knocks at the door.
Finally, enjoying the 20 immune-boosting foods covered in this article may strengthen people’s immune systems and improve their ability to fight off infections. This is important to remember that the immune system is complex. Eating a healthful balanced diet is just one way to support immune system health.
It is also essential to be mindful of the other lifestyle factors that may affect immune system health, such as exercising and not smoking. Anyone who gets frequent colds or other illnesses and is concerned about their immune system should speak to a doctor for more proper and medical attention.