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Enhance your immunity… Best foods that do!

 

The season is changing and more and more people are contracting colds and flus. So how can you enhance your immunity to prevent yourself from coming down with these viruses?

 

 

1 – Ginger

 

Ginger contains anti-bacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties and help in strengthening the immune system, lowering fevers, internal swellings, throat pain, and aids in killing off cold viruses. Asides from its immunity-strengthening properties, ginger can lower bad cholesterol levels overtime, help in digestion, and reduce the risk of some cancers.

 

 

2 – Yogurt

 

Healthy probiotics found in yogurt don’t only aid your digestive tract, but also your immune system since it can increase your white blood cell count, and according to some studies, consuming only 170g of yogurt a day can prevent you from getting flus and colds.

 

 

3 – Garlic

 

According to alternet.org, “Garlic is loaded with ajoene, allicin and thiosulfinates, compounds high in sulfur.” These compounds help in boosting your immune system and help in getting rid of infections and viruses.

 

 

4 – Onions

 

According to healthfree.com, “Onions contain quercetin, a nutrient that breaks up mucus in your head and chest while boosting your immune system.” Furthermore, similarly to garlic, onions contain allicin, and therefore contains similar immunity-aiding properties.

 

 

5 – Spinach/broccoli

 

Spinach and broccoli contain plenty of anti-oxidants, vitamin C, and beta-carotene, all of which help in boosting your immunity. It is best to consume while fresh to make sure its nutrients are preserved.

 

 

6 – Green and Black tea

 

Similarly to spinach, black tea contains high amounts of flavonoids, an anti-oxidant. On the other hand, epigallocatechin gallate is another anti-oxidant found in Green tea. Green tea is “also a good source of the amino acid L-theanine. L-theanine may aid in the production of germ-fighting compounds in your T-cells,” healthline.com says.

 

 

7 – Almonds with skins

 

Almonds contain high amounts of Vitamin E, which is essential in helping the body’s immune system. In fact, “researchers found almond skins improved the ability of the white blood cells to detect viruses while also increasing the body’s ability to prevent viruses from replicating and so spreading inside the body,” telegraph.co.uk states.

 

 

8 – Fish products

 

According to rodalesorganiclife.com, “shellfish such as oysters, lobsters, crabs, and clams, help white blood cells produce cytokines – proteins that help clear flu viruses out of the body.” Similarly, oily fish high in omega-3 also help get rid of viruses.

 

 

9 – Vitamin C rich foods

 

Lemons, oranges, bell peppers, and other vitamin C rich foods aid in cold and flu prevention as well.

 

 

10 – Pure honey and cinnamon

 

Honey contains anti-bacterial properties that can fight off infections and viruses, while cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties. You can therefore combine these two and dissolve them in green or black tea to boost your immune system even further.

 

 

Those foods may not only shorten your sick days, but also perhaps prevent you from getting sick in the first place. Stay healthy!

 

 

By: Luma Kudsiova