5 Foods to Boost Your Immune System


5 Foods to Boost Your Immune System

I have been hearing from a lot of friends how they’re dealing with a variety of bugs in their homes. I thought it would be a good idea to share some foods which can boost yours and your family’s immune systems. While it does take more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away, eating some of these powerhouse nutrients will keep your immune system on guard. You can ensure your body and immunity are running efficiently by filling your plate with a variety of fruits and vegetables, plus 8 to 10 glasses of water a day, at the very least. The following foods can add a flu and cold fighting punch to your winter meal plans. 1. Garlic Garlic is not only delicious, but it also helps to strengthen the immune system. It is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal. Garlic contains the active ingredient allicin, which fights infection and bacteria. British researchers gave 146 people either a placebo or a garlic extract for 12 weeks; the garlic takers were two-thirds less likely to catch a cold. So don’t be shy, start increasing your garlic intake today! 2. Red or Pink Grapefruit Grapefruit is packed with Vitamin C making it an immune-boosting essential. The red and pink varieties are especially good choices because they’re packed with bioflavonoids, which are phytonutrients. These naturally-occurring compounds provide an immunity boost. So try starting your day with half a grapefruit. 3. Carrots Carrots are a rich source of beta carotene, which gives them their bright color. One of beta carotene’s roles is to protect the body’s mucus membrane, which lines the respiratory and intestinal tracts, making it difficult for bacteria to enter the bloodstream and wreak havoc. Enjoy carrots raw or cook them into a soothing soup, or as a side dish such as my Ginger Carrots available on my Wellness Blog: Ginger Carrots 4. Kale Greens such as kale, spinach, and Swiss chard are immune-boosting foods that contain high levels of vitamin C, which packs a powerful antioxidant punch and helps fight off infection . They also contain folate, another immune booster. Sauté kale, spinach, or Swiss chard with garlic and coconut oil, or use fresh spinach to make an nutrient-rich salad. 5. Cinnamon Cinnamon is an antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial machine, so it does more than just boost the immune system — it actually fights the pathogens that lead to illness. Cinnamon is extremely versatile, making it easy to add to your healthy diet. You can mix it into your breakfast smoothie, add it to tea, sprinkle it on oatmeal, or dust it onto fresh fruit.

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