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Way to increase immunity naturally

You can say bye to those frequent bouts of flu and cold with these simple changes in your lifestyle

Your immunity is tested day in day out thanks to the 21st century invasion of newer bacterias and virus; not to mention the ever increasing pollution. Here are foods that'll help enhance your immunity.

Go fishy: The essential omega-3 fatty acid found in fatty fish limits several cellular processes and increases your immunity. If you are a vegetarian and can't stand the fishy smell, stick to the supplements of fish oil available over the counter.

Go red: Glass of red wine is full of resveratrol, a compound that protects against immune system ageing and inflammation. Red apples, red grapes, red onions also fall in this category and regular intake can help increase immunity.

Go for it: Stress and immunity never go hand in hand. Extreme stress reduces your natural killer cell count and make your immunity levels dip south. Learn some stress coping skills that help your stress level go down.

Go zzzzzz: Lack of adequate sleep increases levels of proteins associated with inflammation and reduces natural body immunity. Make sure you get minimum of 7 to 8 hours sleep every night. It's not just for your beauty but for your overall health as well.

Go, take a walk: Physical activity can help keep immunity intact. It's been proved that people who exercise for five days a week are less prone to cold and flu.

Say C: "It's an old theory that Vitamin C helps you produce more natural fighters to kill germs," says Dr Micheal F Roizen in one of his research papers. 400 milligrams of vitamin C is required per day. You can eat bell peppers, oranges, berries or take a supplement after consulting your physician.

Say D: Not many know that deficiency of Vitamin D can reduce your immunity. Make sure that you are getting enough of it through your food and Sun. If you are not, then make sure you supplement it by medical supplements after consulting your physician.

Say Z: Zinc supports immunity so much that it can even fight cancer cells. 12 milligrams a day requirement can be gained from crab, oysters, pork, poultry, beans, cashews, and yoghurt. If you take a supplement, then make sure it has less than 15 milligrams. Too much can stop other important minerals from being absorbed.

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