Super foods that strengthen our immunity

Super foods that strengthen our immunity

by Sally Walters


Baby, it’s cold outside!


And baby, when it’s cold, it’s easier to get sick so maybe it’s time to up your immunity a bit, what do you think?

Every winter we come to the same question: how should we protect ourselves better from colds & flu, what is the best way to strengthen our immune system naturally?

Now, there isn’t one supreme right answer to this, one flawless solution, but rather many little aspects that we should take into consideration in order to boost our immunity system.

We should make sure we sleep enough hours per night, keep properly hydrated, try to keep the stress at bay and eat healthy food.

When it comes to our eating habits, we all have to admit that we are a bit lacking in the eating healthy department, but it’s important to maintain a healthy diet, as certain foods are rich in vitamins and anti-oxidants, strengthening our immunity naturally.

So, what should we eat in order to keep our bodies strong?

 

1. Freshly squeezed orange juice anyone?

We all know the importance of Vitamin C in building up a strong immune system. Apparently, Vitamin C can increase the white blood cells count, that are known to fight against infections in the body. So, eat as many oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes or tangerines as you can.


2. Ginger all the way

It’s a good thing I’m a bit obsessed with ginger, since it’s such an amazing immuno-boosting food. Ginger has amazing anti-inflammatory properties that can strengthen your immunity & reduce inflammation in the body, efficiently fighting against common cold and the flu. So put a bit of ginger in your food recipes, in your sweets and drink a cup of ginger tea daily.


3. Turmeric it up!

This vibrant yellow spice is great for your immunity. Turmeric is rich in curcumin, a compound that gives it the vivid color and it’s also a powerful anti-inflammatory. Curcumin activates the production of T-cells, the cells in your body that fight for your health.

 

  
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4. Elderberries- grandma’s best kept secret

These small, dark berries are considered a powerful source of nutrients and antioxidants and have been used for ages for their immune boosting properties. They are good in the winter season, as an extra layer of protection against colds & flus. The trick is to consume them only cooked, in jams, pies etc., or in supplement form, as the raw elderberries are toxic.

 

5. Eat your broccoli, kids!

Remember when your mom was trying to make you eat broccoli and you simply hated it? Well, she knew what she was doing! This green vegetable is packed with vitamins and minerals, like vitamins C, A and E, fibers and antioxidants. The trick to keep all the beneficial nutrients is to cook it as little as possible.

 

6. Garlic- no flu, no vampires

Garlic is not only great to ward off the bloodthirsty creatures of the night, it’s also an amazing immune-boosting food, due to its heavy concentration of sulfur-containing compounds, like allicin.

 

7. Trust Popeye

We keep coming back to childhood foods that we weren’t big fans of, but are actually super good for our health. Another example is spinach, the super food that Popeye the sailor always ate in the cartoons to have strength. Since spinach is full of folate, fibers, vitamin C and beta carotene, no wonder it’s so good for us!

 

 

8. Sweet like Honey

Who doesn’t love a bit of honey in their tea? Well honey not only tastes good, but it can also soothe sore and itchy throats. It also has antibacterial properties, killing any germs in your body that could make you sick.

 

This is just a small list of foods that should find their way in your diet routine, but there are many more out there that are equally beneficial. What is your favorite healthy, immune-boosting food? 

 

   
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