We are all prone to catch nasty viruses or seasonal allergies along the year in San Diego or any part of the world, and then we are faced with minor irritating symptoms from sneezing, nasal congestion or coughing to more serious ones like fever, fatigue and all sorts of severe aches. Consequently, we should all invest in staying healthy and keeping our immune system boosted to the maximum by exercising, getting enough sleep and trying to reduce our stress levels as they are all integral factors that help us to stay immune, and last but not least eating healthy! Which is our topic of focus here, in particular the super foods that boosts immunity. So accordingly, here are nine of those miraculous foods that you should try including in your breakfast or diet in general.
One of the most known immunity boosters are citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruits and tangerines, which are high in vitamin C that is recognized for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps maintain the integrity of your skin, which acts as a protective barrier against infection
When it comes to Vitamin C, it might be more advantageous to increase your intake from plant foods rather than supplements, since plants contain other beneficial compounds that supplements may not.
Other foods high in vitamin C include bell peppers, guavas, dark leafy greens, broccoli, berries, tomatoes, papaya and snap peas.
Garlic is found in almost every cuisine around the world. It adds a little zing to food and it’s a must-have for your health. Early civilizations recognized its value for fighting infections. Garlic’s immune-boosting properties seem to come from a heavy concentration of sulfur-containing compounds, such as allicin, which combats infection and bacteria.
Ginger is another ingredient many turn to after they’ve caught a cold. However, like vitamin C, ginger may also help prevent that cold from taking hold in the first place. While it’s used in many sweet desserts, ginger packs some heat in the form of gingerol, a relative of capsaicin. Capsaicin gives chili peppers their distinctive heat. Ginger may help decrease chronic pain and may possess cholesterol-lowering properties, according to recent animal studies.
Packed with numerous antioxidants and beta carotene, which may increase the infection-fighting capability of our immune systems. Similar to broccoli, spinach is best cooked as little as possible so that its nutrients are retained. Light cooking enhances its vitamin A and reduces oxalic acid.
Probiotics are healthy bacteria that keep the gut and intestinal tract free of disease-causing germs.
Is supercharged with an arsenal of vitamins including A, C and K which can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Furthermore it also has minerals such as folate, iron, calcium and magnesium. Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food just one cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids, which help, fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders, moreover it is filled with powerful antioxidants such as carotenoids and flavonoids help protect against various cancers. Not to mention that it is a richer source of beta carotene than carrots or sweet potatoes, which makes it a preferred choice for fighting off colds and the flu.
Besides being excellent for your thyroid and your metabolism, coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, which converts in your body to monolaurin which is the actual compound found in breast milk that strengthens a baby’s immunity, aside from its immunity benefits you can find out more about coconut oil its wide range of other benefits from using it as a cooking oil to making natural beauty treatments here.
A general immune system booster due to its high antioxidant capacity, and an anticancer agent as well, this widely known bright yellow and bitter spice ingredient in many curries has been used for years as an anti-inflammatory in treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Also in recent studies the high concentrations of curcumin, which gives turmeric its distinct color, have been shown to help reduce exercise-induced muscle damage.
Nuts and seeds
Well it is hard to sum up all the nuts and seeds in one category, as they are incredibly diverse but they do possess many similar health benefits, including the ability to protect your heart, improve digestion, prevent chronic disease, reduce the risk of getting diabetes, strengthen your bones, increase immunity, fight cancer and stimulate growth. There is no definite way of pinpointing which is of them is the most healthiest or beneficial as it depends on the nutrients that your body requires on a given day. So the best approach is to eat a variety, go nuts!
What do you like to drink or eat to boost your immune system? Let us know in the comments down below!
With happiness and love, from SolCal.