Six Superfoods to Boost your Immune System
Cold season is almost upon us and for you that might mean dreading the seemingly inevitable sick days ahead. Our bodies are constantly fighting off disease and infection, but they want to stay in balance- and we can help ourselves to do that. A healthy and strong immune system is essential to ward off any ailment. One of the best ways to boost your immune system is by eating a diet rich in superfoods with the most optimal vitamins to do so.
Below is a list of our top six superfoods for boosting your immune system:
Vitamin C Rich Foods:
Vitamin C is renowned for helping your body fight infections. It has incredible regenerative properties and increases your production of white blood cells.The best way to get in your daily dose of vitamin c isn’t solely through supplements but through foods naturally rich in vitamin C as well. Citrus fruits, kale, broccoli, bell and chili peppers, and brussel sprouts are just a few amazing sources of vitamin c.
Not only is garlic tasty but it also packs a serious punch when it comes to your health. Known for boosting your immune system, it is also filled with antioxidants, and has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
You might have noticed that we love turmeric, mostly due to its endless list of health benefits. When it comes to your immune system however, it’s essential. A powerful anti-inflammatory, turmeric also helps repair muscle damage and fight off disease.
Another powerful, and tasty, anti-inflammatory is ginger. Ginger can be made into tea, eaten raw or cooked, and is especially known for being a powerful digestive aid, and soothing nausea.
Probiotic Rich Food:
No longer do we need to rely on dairy for our main probiotic food source. There are so many delicious coconut yogurts and kefirs these days that provide the same sought after good bacteria as yogurt. Keeping your gut healthy is needed to ward off infection and fight disease. Other sources of probiotic rich foods are fermented foods like kimchi and kombucha.
Healthy fats aren’t just great for glowing skin, they are also powerful when it comes to boosting your immune system. Chalk full of vitamin E, omega 3’s and antioxidants, these tasty snacks are loaded with benefits.
Ultimately, although diet is essential to keep yourself in balance, getting adequate sleep, regular exercise, staying hydrated and keeping your stress levels in check are all important factors to stay healthy and disease free all year.