Its well-known that cardio reduces the risk of stroke,
improves blood circulation, lowers hypertension and relieves
However, a crucial benefit of cardio is that it boosts the
bodys immunity. Regular
exercise ensures constant flow of nutrients and infection-fighting
cells throughout the body, and of waste products out of
Simply put, diseases often follow blockage in the bodys
intricate mechanism. Hence, an easy defence against diseases
keeps the body mechanisms ticking.
Two or three bowel movements per day ensures that the bodys
defence system is not put under any excess strain. So, keep
the body well-hydrated for regular and healthy bowel movements,
and have food rich in fibre such as cereals, whole grains
and fruits like apples .
The big s factor also affects immunity. Keep
stress under check, incorporate a relaxing practice such
as meditation, yoga
or deep breathing into your daily routine. You may even
a Chinese martial art.
A recent Arizona State University study says that mushrooms
can indeed help cement the bodys immunity. Interestingly,
the common white button mushroom has stronger immunity boosting
properties as compared to the exotic varieties.
Chocoholics rejoice ! Chocolate
is a good source of arginine amino acid (a component of
most proteins) which is crucial in boosting the bodys
immunity. Besides, it is also known to play a role in weight
control and is also beneficial for the liver.
Good ol chai fights infections attacking our body,
says a study conducted by the Harvard Medical School. The
study showed that the immune
system of tea
drinkers responded five times faster to germs, as compared
to those who had coffee. The chemical in question in tea
that supports immunity is L-theanine .
Apart from being a rich source of omega-3
fatty acids, which have a host of benefits of their
own, fish is also a rich source of glutamine that helps
build immunity .
BREATHE RIGHT BELLY BREATHING
The most efficient way to breathe is diaphragmatic breathing
or belly breathing. Most infants and young children do it
easily, but as we get older, we tend to breathe using our
chest and shoulder muscles and less of our diaphragm. Practise
the following exercise and re-learn your breathing technique.
Pick a comfortable position sitting, standing or
lying on your back. When standing or sitting, make
sure that your feet are flat on the floor, the back is straight
and hands are at your side, on your lap, or on the belly.
Inhale deeply thrice, through your nose and exhale from
your mouth. Feel the stress leave your body with each exhalation.
As you inhale, let the breath completely fill your lungs
and push your belly out. Exhale completely, feeling your
belly move back in. Do a series of seven breaths. Rest for
two minutes and repeat
ALTERNATING NOSTRIL BREATHING
This is recommended for those suffering from chronic sinusitis,
allergies and lung infections.
Sit comfortably on a chair or on the floor. Press the thumb
of your left hand against the left side of your nose, blocking
the air passage, the other fingers of your hand kept straight,
not touching your face. Breathe in through your right nostril
for a count of ten. Move your hand such that your index
finger closes the air passage on the right side of your
nose. Breathe out of the left nostril for a count of ten.
Repeat five times. Switch hands. Inhale through the left
nostril and exhale from the right nostril for a count of
ten. Repeat five times.