6 Immunity-Boosting Foods

If you are looking for a way to boost your immunity so you don’t have to worry about fighting off so many colds and germs, you may need to take a look at your diet. Certain foods have the power to heal your body and can do some amazing things for your health. If you are ready to start experiencing the magic of foods, here are some tips just for you.

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1. Apples
At this point in your life, you should be familiar with the phrase “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” This is not just a popular saying, it is true. Many studies have been done throughout the years to prove that apples can have a significant and positive effect on your health. Don’t stop at eating apples, add more fruits into your diet like grapes, oranges, bananas, kiwis, blueberries, and strawberries.

2. Garlic
Garlic is not just a tasty vegetable, it is also a spice that can be used to liven up the blandest of meals. When eaten regularly, you can increase your immunity with it because it makes it possible for your body to produce natural killer cells faster. Killer cells are what your body uses to help fight off diseases and germs. Add more garlic into your diet to enjoy better immunity all year, especially during the colder months when viruses and the flu tend to run rampant.

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3. Chicken Noodle Soup
This comfort food has been used for centuries as a cure-all for the common cold and other ailments. Chicken noodle soup has scientifically been proven to help boost immunity, especially in times of stress. Its health properties enable it to stop inflammatory white cells from accumulating and moving throughout your body. Inflammatory white cells can lead to respiratory issues, such as bronchitis and colds. The soup also helps to thin out the mucous in your nasal passages to relieve congestion so you can breathe easier.

4. Tea
Certain teas are full of antioxidants that help your body to fight off free radicals and other toxic, cancer-causing agents. Black, green, and other types of teas can also help your body to fight off viruses. Of course, you’ll need to drink several cups of tea each day to enjoy those benefits.

5. Probiotics
Contrary to what you believe, all bacteria is not harmful to your health. Probiotics are a healthy kind of bacteria that are normally found in your digestive system. Since your body contains both good and bad types of bacteria, you’ll need to work on maintaining a good balance. Probiotics are not just inside of your body, they can also be found in certain foods and supplements.
Your digestive system plays an important role in your immune system. It is responsible for breaking down, processing, and absorbing nutrients from the foods you eat. When the number of bad bacteria overtake the amount of good kind, you may start to experience poor digestive health, weight gain, lack of energy, and a whole host of issues that indicate your immune system and digestive health is off track. Prevent these issues from happening by eating a fair amount of dairy products, such as Hamptoncreek yogurts, cheese, and other plant-based foods.

6. Seafood
Wild caught fish, such as salmon, sardines, and tuna are loaded with protein and omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients can work wonders for your immune system. The protein helps to provide your body with a good source of fuel and the fatty acids help to protect your cells against damage and disease. It is important for you to understand that all fish and seafood are not the same. While it is okay for you to load up on salmon and tuna, you should try to steer clear of fish that is raised locally and on farms.
There are plenty of foods that you can use to boost your immune system’s function. Depending on your health, it may be necessary for you to take supplements to get the level of nutrients you need to enjoy good health. Before you rush out to purchase anything, check with your doctor and make sure you research supplement manufacturers first. Don’t forget to double check the dosage amounts. Even though you may resort to using supplements, they should not be used as a substitute for real food. You should try to get everything you need from your diet first, before you resort to the use of supplements to get the nutrients you are lacking.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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