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Understand and boost Immunity the Natural way.

Human beings have the ancestral origin from a eukaryotic bacterium which then got multiplied into numerous bacterial cells and hence we could also be called a bacterial mega genome. Our body has evolved from a single cell called a zygote and each zygotic cell is unique in their structure. This cell then multiplies and forms 120 trillion human cells which also hosts 360 trillion bacterial cells. Human body is such an intricate being and has to be treated as a whole and not in parts. This is why the “wholesome” concept used in traditional medicine has gained so much popularity. 

Our immune system consists of a very complex and intricate mechanism to help us prevent infections of any sort. We have two different types of immunity…

  1. Natural/ Innate immunity 

The immediate response of our immune system is activated by the innate immunity which is always on to protect us. These are mediated by the barriers present in the skin and epithelial lining, such as gut bacteria, mucus, stomach acids etc. and also the blood cells such as the phagocytic cells of our body and the complement system.

  1. Adaptive/ Humoral immunity.

On the other hand, adaptive immunity is usually a delayed response which is mediated by specific antibodies and other cells of our immune system such as the B and T lymphocytes.

Our innate immunity usually does the signalling for the adaptive immunity to kick off whenever there is a threat from any infection. A kid’s immunity is also majorly built by the bacteria they ingest right from their passing through the birth canal, from the breast feeding and thereafter. 

Many researches have demonstrated that our genes can be influenced by environmental factors including our lifestyle. Unfortunately, our mind-set in the present times is that every ‘ill’ has to have a ‘pill’ or some form of surgical interventions to bring the body back to normal. However, the truth is that there is no single pill for every ill, but there is an ill that follows every pill. The current practices of consuming antibiotics for every cough and cold has proven this fact time and again. Many times we overlook the fact that the human system has developed from a consciousness as viewed by schools of Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Yoga and other traditional sciences. Every human body has an ingrained doctor that we call the immune system. Science today has conveniently forgotten this inherent capacity of the human body to heal by itself. 

Eastern drugless philosophies such as Ayurveda, Naturopathy and Yoga systems are built to fit into this “wholesome” health model, proposed by evolutionary biologists globally these days. The factual understanding is that: The human physiology is a self-correcting system that does not tolerate outside interventions in minor illnesses.

The best-known NATURAL WAYS TO BOOST IMMUNITY and prevent infections are…


The main entry of germs into the body are nose, mouth, eyes or skin. Maintaining a strict discipline in one’s personal hygiene helps to prevent our immune system from being overwhelmed by the entry of such disease agents.

As the saying goes “a seed can grow only in a fertile soil; infectious agents can grow and multiply in the human body if we provide a favourable medium”. However, the right measures taken to look after one’s personal hygiene is important and crucial in these times.

This includes hand hygiene, regular showers and other hygiene practices to be followed while sneezing, coughing etc. when in groups. Avoid socialising when you are not well. This can help you become less susceptible to any infections due to accidental exposure.


Our gut contains more than 100 million neurons more than either the spinal cord or the peripheral nervous system. Anti-inflammatory foods containing Omega 3 fatty acids such as flax seeds, spirulina and chia seeds help to reverse the inflammation. Enzyme bromelain found in pineapple has anti-inflammatory properties, also has a mucolytic property that helps to break the mucus and expel them out of lungs. The quercetin which is present in apple, berries, broccoli, green tea etc. has anti-inflammatory properties. 

  • Gut Microbiomes are responsible for immune system functioning, reduce lung inflammation, improve digestion, combat obesity, and numerous other health benefits. A good intake of pre and probiotics help to rebuild or strengthen the microbiota in our gut which contribute majorly to boost immunity. 
  • A low FODMAP diet helps cut down on small carbohydrates that are responsible for gut irritation and digestive problems. 
  • A low histamine diet can help in improving lung functions and reduce mucosal inflammation. Food rich in quercetin i.e., leafy vegetables, red onions, grapes, broccoli, peppers etc should be included in the diet. 
  • Antioxidant rich diets are recommended to fight through the free radicals and counteract their damaging effects. Consider adding pomegranate, guava, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, walnuts, green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, etc and green tea to your diet for preventing oxidative stress. 
  • Parasite infestation can lower the immunity considerably. Avoid eating undercooked meat (if you can’t stop eating) to save from immature flukes from entering the body. Eat antiparasitic food like Noni juice, pumpkin seeds, turmeric, neem, etc to save from parasitic infections.
  • Increase the intake of vitamin C rich fruits (e.g., amla, lemon, guava, kiwis, litchi) as it helps to build resistance power to fight infections.
  • Staying hydrated helps to boost your metabolism, maintain your body temperature, facilitate a proper drainage of waste products and thus contribute to immunity. 


Short fasting and intermittent fasting have proven benefits in promoting autophagy (self-eating/ auto-cleaning) thus clearing out most toxins from the body. Fasting also activates the stem cells of the immune system and helps them to regrow and repair. Fasting helps in the production of Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) and helps in neuro re-generation. Intermittent fasting helps to activate the acute immune response which is very much important for fighting infections


  • Tulsi (Ocimum Sanctum): Tulsi in the form of extracts, inhalations, herbal teas help to restore respiratory health and build immunity. It is a must to consume herb to prevent or treat a range of lung disorders such as cough, cold, asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis etc. Tulsi is also good to treat parasitic infestations and also fungal infections. Concoctions made with Tulsi, Ginger and Honey are also used to treat fevers and allergies. 
  • Turmeric: Turmeric is one of the herbs that has the highest anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Turmeric is an antidote for many of the monsoon illnesses including asthma, cough, allergies, running nose, rheumatism, sinusitis etc. Turmeric is best consumed with black pepper for building immunity. 
  • Licorice: Licorice is a respiratory friendly herb. It has both anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. It is beneficial in people with asthma, bronchitis, throat irritation or chest colds with coughs or problems in breathing. 
  • Garlic: Garlic helps to boost the immune system and one of the best herbs that is good to prevent and treat infections. Including garlic in your daily diet can help you fight with cold, flu and other seasonal disorders.


Exercise in moderation is an excellent routine for keeping the immune system at its optimum levels. Overtraining at the same time causes burn out syndrome. Regular exercise results in an increase in white blood cells and other antibodies in the body which are meant to fight infections. Exercising outdoors also provides additional benefits of obtaining Vitamin D through Sun exposure.


Breathing has a direct effect on lowering cortisol and also to balance the autonomic nervous system. Thus it helps to fight against the physical and mental stress and also to modulate immune functions. Breathing exercises such as Nadishudhi Pranayama, Ujjayi Pranayama and Bhastrika are highly beneficial towards boosting the immune system.


Vitamins such as Vitamin C, D and E are extremely beneficial for immunity. Minerals that are important to keep a strong immune system are magnesium, zinc, selenium, potassium and calcium. Try and consciously include these in your diet or even as supplementation.


Sleep beyond doubt helps to boost immunity. Sleep deprivation is directly linked to cortisol spikes and reduced production of cytokines that are responsible for maintaining a healthy immune system. Adequate sleep is also proven to be increasing the natural killer cells activity and modulating natural immune response.

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