PSYCHOLOGY OF OUR PHYSIOLOGY5 Awesome Immune Boosting Foods For You!

5 Awesome Immune Boosting Foods For You!

The purpose of your immune system is to protect you from pathogens. Taking medication frequently can impact the power of your immune system.

Your immune system is impacted by many things but it can also be helped by many things, one of which is eating great whole immune foods that are filled with nutrients!

Immune foods to boost your immunity

Immune foods to boost your immunity

What can depress your immune function?

Your immune system loves you! It needs your support too!


Excessive Sugar

Sugar depresses immune function for many hours. The white blood cells which are like the soldiers that protect you actually fall asleep. This is why you get sick after a night of binge drinking pr binge dessert eating.

Allergic Foods:

Eating foods that you are allergic to and then taking some magical juice that promises to detoxify it all is simply impossible. When you subject your immune system to foods that it has already decided is a pathogen, it stays in a state of stress.


I’ve already said this before but alcohol combines with red blood cells, clumping them together and reducing oxygen to vital organs. Once again, it’s common to see people drinking two bottles of wine one night and a green juice the next day, but it does not work that way.

Deficient Diet:

A diet deficient in nutrients puts your body in a state of immune stress. This impacts how your immune system responds to anything. Try to eat a diet that is as diverse and as least restrictive as possible. It should have a wide range of nutrients from every colour. This is where some immune foods are helpful.


I cannot say enough about stress, which is why I repeat it in every article. Psycho Neuro Immunology is the study of the connection between stress and emotions, and the immune system. There is enough evidence of a period of great stress causing someone to fall sick soon after that.

5 Amazing Immune foods

Boost your immunity with foods!

How can you help your immune function with immune foods?

Immune foods are plenty! But do remember that they come from whole food sources. Random supplements promising immunity are a myth. The truth is that you need to keep your gut healthy and your immune function robust. You can do this through eating a wide range of colourful foods that are rich in different phytonutrients!

Colourful foods contain phytonutrients which are rich in antioxidants. Whenever your body prodices free radicals in your cells, it creates oxidative stress where your cells age. Oxidative stress impacts your immune function significantly. The way you combat this is with antioxidants that are found in colourful plant immune foods.


Pomegranate is an astringent food that helps your body move lymph. Pomegranate contains excellent nutrients such as vitamin E and C. It has antibacterial and antiviral properties. The vitamin C boosts antibody production and supports immune function. It is also anti-inflammatory and a potent antioxidant that supports recovery from immune suppression.

Pomegranate is an immune food

Pomegranate is an immune food


I love ginger! Indian food tastes amazing because of ginger. Ginger has been used since ancient times as an immune food. Ginger is antibacterial and supports your immune system. It also contains compounds that are a natural blood thinner.

Since it has such strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, ginger has been used to boost the immune system for centuries. Combined with garlic, they are immune foods! And who doesn’t like food made with ginger amd garlic? You might like to use ginger in this kashaya spritzer recipe!


Citron is a large lemon which is called narthangai in tamil. it has been used from ancient times by the tamil culture to support digestion. Since your immune system is largely situated in your gut, improving digestion is remarkable for immunity. As a part of immune foods, citron is remarkable.

Simply consume fresh in salads or chop it up with the rind and dry it in the sun with salt to make a digestive enzyme.

It is loaded with nutrients such as vitamin C, zinc, magnesium, selenium and B6, all of which play a role in immune function. The peel is loaded with antibacterial properties and it especially plays a role in keeping away the growth of e-coli into pathogenic proportions.


Broccoli is rich in vitamin C as well! Just one cup of broccoli has a potent dose of betacarotene that supports immune function. It also supports liver detoxification which is closely linked to immune function.

Compounds in broccoli antioxidant genes and enzymes in immune cells which combat any damage by free radicals. As far as immune foods go, broccoli is a star!


I will admit that I do not eat mangoes too much, and one of the reasons is that it is quite high in histamines. But, recently, I have been eating mangoes away from food. Mangoes are loaded with betacarotene. This can convert to retinol, the active form of vitamin A in most bodies. Vitamin A is required to produce these protective warriors of your body.

Recurrent infections and breakdown of your immune system could be a deficiency. Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant, working to protect you against free radical damage, oxidative stress and energy production. Once again it is protective. All this can help immune function.

Mango as an immune food

Mango as an immune food

Respect your bioindividuality:

I will say this again. While some foods might be considered immune foods, I am always cautious of the word superfood. Remember that every body is unique. Every food will react differently at different times on you. Most of these foods mentioned here are fairly comfortable on most bodies, except for mangoes in someone who has histamine issues.

You might also have a reaction to broccoli if you have issues with sulfur foods. Always be cautious to label. Try them out, slowly. Watch how you respond. And then let them work for you as immune foods.

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Thank you all for enjoying the Phytothrive journey. It’s time to say goodbye to it.

When Phytothrive began many years ago, my focus was purely on Functional Medicine, and I felt entrusted to share the knowledge of this in India, where it was quite unknown. Since then, I have gone through a process of unlearning and relearning, both professionally and personally.

I very much knew that the true essence of healing lies in India, the sacred land of yoga and Ayurveda. This inner discovery shed the light of needing to come back to the source where I began more than two decades ago, which was within the magical space of eastern ancient wisdom. I will be doing this on this very account which is now @ohahealth

Since then I have fully integrated Ayurveda and Functional Medicine, and my work has taken a new expression. I hope you will be with me and watch it unfold as Oha.

Oha is a word from The Rig Vedas, in Sanskrit with profound meanings including knowledge, excellence and the ability to bring things closer.

A new journey begins with this letting go and releasing, while embracing something new, and brings forth the promise of a whole lot more. I pray you will continue to be a part of this new journey!

Book Acquisition by HarperCollins India

Here’s that exciting news I spoke about to coincide with the one year anniversary of The Sleep Whisperer Podcast! Writing a book and becoming part of that magical group of authors is a dream!

Three years ago I wrote a book which I titled Sleep Whisperer, looking at sleep from a very in depth perspective, and tying together the cutting-edge science of functional medicine and eastern ancient wisdom. The story of how I wrote that book is indeed magical and a mixture of spiritual guidance and astrology(by my spiritual guide and mentor Shyam @himalayan.yogi ). It’s also been a lot of sacrifice and hard work during times that were stressful, challenging and testing in all ways.

The journey of the book from concept to acquisition is also a magical path which I will share much later. For now, I’m just humbled, grateful and quite simply excited to announce that the book has been acquired by Sonal Nerurkar @sonal_nerurkar of @harpercollinsin HarperCollins India! Sonal’s faith in the book has been unwavering and I’ll forever be grateful for it. I can’t wait for the final book release next year!

None of this would be possible without the trust, hard work, dedication and patience of my most beautifully warm literary agent Jayapriya Vasudevan @jayapriyavasudevan of Jacaranda Literary Agency. I cannot put into words what her belief in the book and being my warrior for it means to me.

I’m also deeply grateful for the dear colleagues and mentors who have made contributions to the book. That is a surprise for later! You can follow everything about the sleep podcast and book at @mysleepwhisperer

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