Top 12 Super Immunity Booster Foods

Immunity is the capability of your body to withstand the harmful effects of microbes. Scholars and researchers classify immunity into four categories.

  • Innate immunity is the natural ability of the body to withstand the attack of micro-organisms on the body. It involves the first line of defense, like skin and mucous membranes. It is more or less related to the evolutionary aspects of the being.
  • Adaptive immunity is what the body develops as you continue your life’s journey exposing yourself to various biological and environmental changes.
  • Passive immunity is mostly associated with babies as they receive their immunity during the pregnancy from the placenta and later up to eight months or one year through mothers’ breast milk. This type wears off after a certain period.
  • Immunity due to immunizations is the last category. Immunization is the process of introducing dead pathogens or weakened pathogens, in small doses, into the body, ensuring that the body cultivates anti-bodies without falling sick.

No doubt, all the above play a vital role in developing the immune system, but one should also maintain a robust immune system to fend off attacks on the body.

Foods are one such natural immunity boosters. Maintaining a regular diet rich in immunity-boosting agents help you stay healthy in the long run. The blog focuses on introducing the top ten best immunity foods for kids and adults alike.

Immunity Booster Foods

Immunity-boosting Fruits

  1. Citrus Fruits are rich in vitamin C, and people turn to this vitamin to cure a common cold and flu. People believe that vitamin C helps in increasing white blood cell’s production. Few fruits to regularly consume are grapefruit, orange, sweet-lime, and lemon. Since your body cannot naturally produce this vitamin, doctors advise consuming a regular dosage of the vitamin in any form every day.
  2. Papaya is also rich in vitamin C and digestive enzymes. A healthy gut is the key to maintaining overall health. Hence, consuming papaya is another way to boost your immunity.
  3. Pomegranate has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-tumor properties, making it one of the healthiest fruits one can consume. The pomegranate is also rich in vitamins A, C, E, and folic acid, thus helping your body protect you from many diseases.

Immunity-boosting Vegetables

Immunity-boosting Vegetables

  1. Broccoli is rich in vitamins A, C, E, and K, and antioxidants. It is also beneficial for the digestive system as it is rich in fiber. This green vegetable is one of the veggies when consumed regularly, helps you maintain your health in the best shape.
  2. Moringa, or commonly known as a drumstick, is a wonderful vegetable filled with vitamins and minerals that keeps your immune system active and healthy. You can use the seeds, leaves, immature pods, roots, and even bark (powder form) to prepare various delicacies that will boost your immunity.
  3. Carrots are rich in vitamin A and antioxidants, which aids in fighting infections, inflammations, and cell-damages. You can consume it as a salad or in the form of juice.

Immunity-boosting Spices

Immunity-boosting Spices

  1. Garlic is the most commonly found spice in households. It is one of the most popular house-remedies to cure a common cold. It adds in a unique aroma and flavor, making the food delicious to consume.
  2. Turmeric is a fantastic spice that finds a special place in the ancient Ayurvedic texts. Turmeric-Ginger tea is one of the best remedies to cure the flu. Turmeric’s main component – curcumin, plays a vital role in increasing the body’s antioxidants, thus aiding the immune system’s strengthening. You can consume turmeric with warm milk, boil it with water, or use it in small amounts when you prepare curries.
  3. Star anise has immense antibacterial properties, thus strengthening the immune system. You can prepare star anise tea by adding a few pods in the boiling water and straining before consuming it.

Immunity-boosting foods – Ayurveda

Indian Ayurvedic dietary

The ancient health treatise recommends ingredients vital to maintain robust health. The list is exhaustive and that is a topic for another day. For now, 3 such whole-some food or ingredients worth mentioning are –

  1. Ghee is a rich source of omega-3, fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, and butyrate. The icing on the cake is its antiviral property. Thus, having an adequate quantity of ghee daily not only keeps you safe from microbes but also improves your gut health, which is an essential factor to keep your body healthy.
  2. Tulsi is one more ingredient that finds comprehensive mention in the Ayurvedic texts. It is one of the primary sources of vitamin C and zinc. With its anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties, it is one of the natural immunity boosters and keeps various infections at bay. You can consume raw leaves or prepare ginger, tulsi, and turmeric tea.
  3. The most crucial immunity booster, though, is water. It plays an essential role in removing toxins from your body, besides helping blood deliver oxygen to every cell to perform their best. Add in a dash of lime to improve its taste and enjoy the water as a delicious drink.

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The blog is not an exhaustive list of immunity power increasing food. A few more foods worth mention are – yogurt, nuts like almonds and walnut, pepper, virgin coconut oil, ginger, overnight soaked rice, poultry, and oysters (for non-vegetarians), mushrooms, and berry smoothies. The blog aims to provide insight into eating healthy food to stay healthy. Contact us at VAYU for an in-depth nutrition inquiry. We are sure we can connect you with the best doctors to keep you fit and strong by maintaining a proper and healthy routine.

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Vydehi Reviews – Vydehi Medical College Student Testimonials

Review- 1: A beautiful VIMS campus is what welcomes us – students, on our first day of college. Once there, it doesn’t take long to feel at home with friendly faculty and friends. The dedication showed by faculties keeps us motivated in reaching our goals. We are encouraged to think out of the box, ask as many questions as possible. Lecturers go out of their way to make the curriculum as enjoyable as possible so that we can learn and perform well both in academics and gain hands-on knowledge as well. This is one of the best institutes to learn and shape your career….. By Usha Rani – MBBS 2018 Batch

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Review-2: Not everyone will have the fortune of learning with a wonderful institution like VIMS. I must say, I consider myself lucky to part of the esteemed institutions. Like us, the faculties are dedicated. They are easily approachable to clarify our doubts and are always ready to help. The campus is fantastic, and the greenery makes you feel at home. I am really proud to be part of this institution and hope to make the best out of my learning here…. By Amruta – MBBS 2017 Batch

Review 3: Our VIMS College is as good as it can get:

  • Great infrastructure
  • Awesome and supportive faculty.
  • Numerous conferences are conducted throughout the year that gives us a chance to interact with industry specialists.
  • Equipment is up-to-date. The crowd is great too.
  • A pleasant feeling campus.
  • With food hostel facilities is available for students coming from different parts of India.
  • An internship facility with a stipend is available as the hospital is open to students for learning. ….By Chinthan Gowda – MBBS 2017 Batch

Review 4: I have been part of the VIMS institution. One thing I can say for sure is, if you are a hard-working student, then being associated with this institution can take you to places. The faculty are knowledgeable, and they help you get your basics right the first time. College life mostly revolves around studying. But I guess that is how life is for people who want to get involved in the life-saving profession. My friends have been an amazing help. Here I can rely both on faculty and friends. With both of them by my side, I already feel close to achieving my dreams. By Gaurav V – MBBS 2016 Batch

Review 5: The only drawback of studying at VIMS was the hostel. As long as you can make arrangements for staying somewhere closeby, studying at VIMS is a dream run. Highly qualified lecturers make sure you understand your theory really well, before moving on to practicals. Clarifying doubts has never been so easy. Massive reference materials in the library are an excellent place to be to satisfy your thirst for knowledge. VIMS also helps you interact with field experts with conferences. Like me, if you are a person who is focused on achieving something big in your professional life, then VIMS is the place to be. By Goutam Agrawal – MBBS 2016 Batch

Review 6: Faculty at VIMS are amazing. There are no other words to describe them. One should attend VIMS to know the dedication of the faculty. They take the utmost care in holding regular classes, weekly tutorials, and monthly tests for self-assessment. Its almost like they are always present for students. As VIMS is a Medical science and research center, with its state-of-the-art facilities, the college infrastructure is impressive. The students can choose to be placed at the hospital or pursue their master’s degree on the same campus, after completing MBBS. Hence, getting into VIMS is like setting and managing your career at once. By Harshitha – MBBS 2015 Batch

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Go Green Spaces And Live Longer – A Study

It’s not news that living green and going green definitely helps human kind with good health. Off course, there have been a lot of studies that reveal the role of greens in reducing stress and anxiety amongst people. A study around living in green spaces and how they help you live longer has been recently published in the lancet Planetary Health and the meta-analysis does show a reliable evidence on how green urban spaces can help people live longer.

Go Green Spaces And Live Longer

The study was organized by the Barcelona institute of Global Health (IS Global) based out of Spain and in association with Colorado State University in Fort Collins. As per the director of urban planning, Environment and Health initiative at IS Global, the study does show that green spaces are responsible for reduction in premature immortality.

He also added that green spaces can help climate mitigation by reducing health island as well as air pollution effects in cities. But there was a lack of green spaces in cities mostly. Dr. Mark added ‘ Green space is also good for carbon sequestration. So there are multiple beneficial effects. And increasing green space can, therefore, reduce a significant number of premature deaths in cities.

The study was required by WHO as they wanted to develop a health impact assessment tool for green interventions in and around urban places. Particularly, WHO wanted to find out the connection between green spaces and premature deaths so that they could design tools needed for green interventions.

Dr Nieuwenhuijsen further said “ We systematically serarched for and included all the cohort studies we could find on NDVI, an easily obtainable green space measure, and premature mortality and conducted a meta analysis.

The study involved 8 million people from countries like US China Spain Italy Australia, Switzerland and Canada. The study was startling and revealed that for increase in 0.1 vegetative score around 500 metres of a home, there was a decrease in mortality rate by 4%. These startling revelations are an eye opener about the importance of green spaces on earth.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis and exercise skeptics

Most of us who are aware of Rheumatoid arthritis, also know that People suffering from rheumatoid arthritis are skeptical around exercising and many try to avoid it due to the fear of aggravating join pain. This is nothing but ignorance around the subject. Ask experts and they’ll say that apparently exercise is the best way to curb joint pain or deal with arthritis.

Apparently, Rheumatoid arthritis does aggravate the muscle mass loss that occurs as you age. Well, exercise helps in rebuilding the mass and aerobics further could help in lung and heart strengthening. Rheumatoid arthritis also leads to bone density loss or osteoporosis and exercises like walking and weight lifting could actually help in preventing the same too.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Additionally, exercise helps in keep you fit and also decrease fatigue and depression. It also makes the muscles strong and increase flexibility levels thus aiding joint functioning. There have been various studies that do show that rheumatoid arthritis does not worsen with exercise. But, if you are suffering from severe rheumatoid arthritis then it is advisable to choose low impact exercises like walking, swimming, and bicycling or water aerobics. Here’s a run down some of the exercises that could help you manage your condition.

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  1. Cycling – With RA you need to understand that your heart needs to be kept healthy and cycling is the best option for the same. It helps build your muscles, decrease stiffness and increase leg strength.

  2. Hand exercises – People with RA many a times tend to make minimal use of their hands. But, hand exercises like moving wrists, stress ball exercises as well as spreading fingers can help improve flexibility levels.

  3. Pilates – New in the exercise and training circle pilates is becoming popular fast due to its amazing effects in muscles and joint strengthening.

  4. Walking – Walking is a sort of exercise that effects your overall wellness positively be it heart and joint health or mood. Only point to be kept in mind is to wear proper shoes and keep yourself hydrated.

  5. Water Exercises – Water exercises are a good choice because they ensure that your joints are not impacted. These include water aerobics, swimming as well as gentle flexing in water. It helps in decreasing stiffness of joints as well as joint stress.

 

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Exercise After 60 Years Could Help Longevity

Exercise has been always of use when it comes to physical health and fitness and there are umpteen studies to around importance of exercise and fitness as well as physical health. Here’s one more study but around exercise after 60 years of age and how it could help you reduce cardiovascular disease threat. As per the World health organization over 900 million people were above 60 years of age across the world by 2015. Well, age does affect the fitness levels of humans because the body deteriorates as it ages but maintaining activity or increasing activity level could help reducing the heart condition risks like strokes and heart attacks.

Exercise After 60 Years Could Help Longevity

Comparatively, people who did less exercise as they aged had over 25% more risk of getting heart conditions besides blood vessel issues. People who increased their activity levels reduced the risk of heart disease by around 11%.

The study was carried out by a team of researchers at the Department of bio-medical Sciences of South Korea’s Seoul National University. Lead by author Kyuwoong Kim, with team did an analysis of around 1, 119, 935 men and women of the age group 60 years and above. The data used for the study was taken from the National Health Insurance Service (NIHS). This organization possesses the healthcare data of over 97% Koreans. The data in use included participants of an average age group of 67 years including 47% of males across years 2009-2010 and 2011-2012 besides the data of the aforementioned participants uptil 2016.

The study involved asking questions to the participants about their lifestyle as well as physical activity levels. Most of them had a moderate activity level of half an hour per day that included activities like gardening, brisk- walking as well as dancing. Rigorous activity mean doing 20 minutes of fast cycling, running or aerobic exercise.

The second round of health checkup had the participants make variations in their activity levels. While only 22% of the participants did increase their activity levels, over 54% actually reduced them by the time of the second screening. The researchers also analyzed the data from hospital records claiming stroke and heart diseases for the period of January 2013 – December 2016.

The study revealed that the people who increased their activity levels from inactivity to moderate or high levels of activity atleast three to four times a week did reduce the risk of heart attack by 11%.

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Jobs Posing Higher Risks to a Healthy Heart in Women – An Overview

Early-onset of heart problems has been on the rise in India and the world. As per Indian statistics, heart issues are among the most common causes of death in India, especially in the older population. Many risk factors, including an imbalanced diet, sedentary lifestyle, addictions, and others, are the major cause of cardiovascular issues. One more risk factor, which is yet to come under the scanner, is occupation.

There are few jobs that effect heart health of women

Relatively recent research conducted by researchers from Japan has revealed a connection between a woman’s occupation and heart disease. They base their conclusions about the link between cardiovascular disorders and work on their study of around 65000 women with an average age of 63 years post experiencing menopause. The data used belonged to the Women’s health initiative study. The metrics looked into lifestyle factors like physical activity, addiction status, weight, nutrition, fasting blood sugar, and other health risk factors such as blood pressure, insulin levels, and cholesterol.

The research team also took into account 20 of the most common occupations. The research showed that people at managerial positions, irrespective of their industry, are at increased risk of having heart conditions. The results showed that around 13% of the females were suffering from poor cardiovascular health. Specifically, women doing social work are at the highest risk, viz 36% of experiencing heart problems followed by retail cashiers at a 33% risk. They found a link between a few more jobs and a rise in females’ heart health problems, though how much occupation affects a healthy heart requires more research.

Which jobs are more likely to pose heart problems for women?

The professions posing an increased risk to the heart are –

  • Social Workers with 36% increased heart risks
  • Cashiers and Teller with 33% increased heart risks
  • Healthcare professionals like psychiatrists and home health workers with 16% increased heart risks.
  • Nurses with 14% increased heart risks.

Who has a Higher Risk of Heart Attack?

Women are up to a certain extent, protected by their hormones when it comes to heart diseases. The estrogen in the body provides some respite. Having said that, women who have attained menopause are at higher risks. The average age of the women who are increased rates of heart attacks is 55 years. Because of lifestyle and dietary changes, there is a rise in the number of cases of young women experiencing this life-threatening disease.

Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

The following symptoms show heart problems and sign that you need to contact your healthcare facility immediately.

Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

  1. An intense ache in the chest’s core lasting a few minutes or that goes away and comes back
  2. Aching pressure, squeezing, or fullness in the chest
  3. Pain or uneasiness in the jaw, neck, arms, back, or stomach.
  4. Shortness of breath with or without discomfort in the chest
  5. Nausea or light-headedness, vomiting, breaking out in a cold sweat, and fainting are other signs to watch for

With advanced medical care and evolving medical practices, reach out to your doctor’s. As the age-old saying goes- prevention is always better than cure. Take the much-needed precautions to have a healthy heart for healthy living by undertaking a proper lifestyle and dietary changes. In case you need more details, you are always more than welcome to reach out to our experts at Vydehi.

Heart Disease and its Types

Are You A New Dentist? Here’s What You Need To Know

In The olden days, the demand for dentists was high while the supply was less as a result, flourishing as a dentist was no big deal or say was rather a cake walk. Even though, there is still scarcity of dentists in rural areas more so, urban areas have dentists in abundance. So, being successful as a practicing dentist is now a challenge because one needs to rise above the clutter.

Are You A New Dentist

Do Ground Work – Before you set up your practice do your home-work. Check for the surrounding areas and the competition. Try to choose an area where there is less competition. Do your business analysis well by considering attrition rate as well as the present state as well as future trends.

Build Relationships – Do not see your patients as clients but try to focus on building relationship with them, making them comfortable so that you build a base of loyal clients. Even if they are to be told what they have missed on by not take treatment on time, or what needs to be done.

Save Early On – Start saving money for retirement early on even when your income is less. So, by the time you retire you have funds accumulated. The idea is to earn financial independence needed much earlier.

Think ahead – Always think what you want to achieve at the end of five years and plan according. Even if it is working somewhere as a dentist or opening up your own set up have a target and work around it. This needs to be taken into account at the very beginning of taking a career because it will help you carve your path to success.

Well, at the end of the day it’s your passion and attitude that works above all and affects your success.

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Obesity in Adults – Connect to Childhood

We all know that obesity is the result of high sugar intake as well and particularly artificially sweetened beverages as well as processed foods. Today millions of people across the world are suffering from obesity and its going only northwards. One of the reasons are the hectic and sedentary lifestyle of people.

A recent study based on the sugar consumption of adults in USA was carried out to look for answers around the growing cases of obesity there even when USA saw a decline in consumption of Sugar.

Obesity in Adults – Connect to Childhood

The research involved Alex Bentley, the head of Anthropology department at the Tennessee University of Knoxville and his colleagues. This study took a new approach and did not involve the current diet of the participants but their diet habits before 30-40 years back as in during childhood days. The reason behind doing the same as per the co-author of the study Damian Ruck, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Anthropology Department was that no other earlier research did particularly study around the temporal delay between high sugar consumption and increase in obesity rates.

So, Bentley and his team created a mathematical adult obesity model for obesity rise after 1990’s, a result of increase in consumption of sugar in 1970’s and 1980’s.

For the model testing they made use of data on sugar consumptions from the US Agriculture department and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during the period of 1990-2004.

The model used the stochastic process for showing the rise in obesity rates due to high sugar consumptions legion. The model further goes on to explain the delay of so many years from consumption to obesity rise.

It also made important observations around high increase in fructose corn syrup and mainly the rise before 2000 was a result of use of artificial sweeteners in processed foods as well as soft drinks. The study also highlighted that poverty was one of the main reasons behind high sugar consumption as it is an inexpensive source of calories. Also, sweetened beverages are an integral part of low income households in US due to that reason.

The team finally concluded that after the Special Supplemental Nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children was introduced in 2009, there was a drop in the obesity rates and if the model is accurate, the effect will been seen through the adulthood of the children.

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Stress Eating – An Overview

It’s a known fact that many of you when stressed tend to eat a lot and the food that is usually consumed is fried sweet or buttery, viz. comfort food. So, why do people tend to eat comfort food when they are in their blues, like for example there is a breakup. The reason is there is a connection between emotions and eating rich food. Many of us would agree of having a whole bowl of ice-cream or a bar of chocolate after a bitter breakup just to soothe ourselves or calm ourselves down.

Stress Eating

When we are stressed, the release of hormones from the body does affect our behavior as well as food choices. The short period of stress like before an exam or a public performance the adrenaline levels go high because the adrenal glands release it thus killing our appetite. The adrenal gland is positioned just above the kidney and is responsible for stimulating hunger. Now when the stress levels are spread over a longer period of time like board examinations lasting for a month or so, the same gland releases cortisol, a hunger and craving stimulating hormone. That is why this hormone by itself is called the stress hormone.

Researchers also believe that Ghrelin, another stress hormone has role to play when it comes to stress eating. And when it comes to food, under stress rarely people want to have healthy food. It’s either high fat or high sugar or both together. Though even as the research is on to find out the reason behind the same, researchers believe that the sugar and fat rich foods send signals to the brain thus leading to a drop in emotional and stress burden. No wonder, these foods are called comfort foods.

Well, so if you are one those who fit under the category of binge eating when under stress a little control could help may be…

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Exercise Coupled With Less Calorie Intake Effects Bone Fragility

A recent research on mice has revealed that if exercise is coupled with reduction in calorie intake it tends to make the bones more small, weak and fragile. Researchers also that that if exercise was teamed with adequate calorie diet then it could help in improving bone health in contrast.

The study published in Journal of bone and Mineral research paper. As per Dr Maya Styner, Associate professor of University of north Caroline at Chapel Hill, it came as a surprise to them because the earlier studies carried out on mice revealed that exercise couple with normal or high calorie diet did help improve bone health. So, the report only helps them know that a low calorie diet is not good for bone health if couple with exercise.

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Dr Styner also alerted that reduced calorie intake can increase the risk of fracture as well as it negatively affects the bone strength. The study was concentrated upon bone marrow fat. Though still the scientists are not been able to understand how fat works, but they do think that it does affect health in mammals and humans.

Earlier studies as per Dr Styner had revealed that bone marrow fat and bone health were related to each other in a way that when the high calorie intake lead to obesity and further increased the levels of bone marrow fat. Also, when obese as well as mice with normal weight exercised, it lead to a increase in bone density due to the decrease in bone marrow fat.

The objective of the study was to find out how a decrease in calorie intake can affect he bone marrow fat as well as bone health. The research involved two groups of mice. One of the group was fed 30% less calories as compared to the other group. The other group was offered regular calorie diet.

The mice that were on restricted calories also received mineral and vitamin supplements in order to keep the nutrient intake at par with the other normal calorie intake ones. The groups were further split in 6 groups, the sedentary ones and the exercising ones. The results showed that the mice that were kept on a calorie restricted diet seem to not only lost weight but also showed a reduction in bone density and increase in bone marrow fat as well.

The researchers were surprised to see that bones became fragile due to restriction of calories. Though the investigations are not complete yet and further research needs to be done in order to understand the bone marrow functioning, the team did find that reduction in calories lead decrease in bone marrow fat at the same time affecting the quantity and quality of bone.

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