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Boost Your Immune System Through Healthy Eating


Boost Your Immune System Through Healthy Eating

Did you know that your diet is one of the biggest influences on a healthy immune system? Washing your hands frequently and getting a flu shot may lower the likelihood of catching a nasty bug, but a strong immune system can help to fight it off in no time. Keep reading to see which immune boosting foods can keep you from getting sick this winter. 

Yogurt – Probiotic rich yogurt is a major stimulator for fighting off bacteria and improving the immune system through the gut. Try sticking to yogurts with live and active cultures. 

Fermented Foods – Another way to improve gut health to strengthen the immune system is through foods like kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, and kombucha which all help to reduce toxins in the body. 

Garlic & Ginger – A little can go a long way – garlic and ginger are packed with antibacterial and antiviral properties that can help fight infections as well as ease cold symptoms. 

Honey – One of the best cures for a sore throat, try combining honey with grated ginger to give your immune system a boost. 

Vegetables – Brightly colored vegetables like red peppers and broccoli are particularly nutrient rich. Additionally, leafy vegetables like spinach and kale can help regenerate antioxidants. Keep in mind, these vegetables retain the most nutrients uncooked.

Citrus – This is a common remedy once people feel cold symptoms but including more citrus fruits (like oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and limes) earlier on can strengthen your immunity and boost your Vitamin C levels.

Nuts – Nuts like almonds and Brazil nuts are full of healthy fats that are crucial in absorbing the vitamins that are taken in from fruits and vegetables.

Spices – An easy way to boost your immunity is to include spices in your food like turmeric, cayenne, oregano, cinnamon, and black pepper which have anti-inflammatory properties. 

Green Tea – By drinking several cups of green tea per day, you can significantly increase antioxidants which ultimately help to produce more germ fighting cells.

Some additional tips for strengthening the immune system include maintaining a regular workout schedule to keep the body active, staying hydrated, limiting sugar intake, managing stress, and sleeping 7-8 hours per night. 

Beat cold season this year by taking care of your body using these tips!