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Best Healthy Foods to Boost the Immune System Naturally

by Abena 3 months ago in healthy · updated 2 months ago

Here are some of the best healthy foods to boost the immune system naturally

Best Healthy Foods to Boost the Immune System Naturally
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Consuming‌ ‌healthy‌ ‌foods‌ ‌and‌ ‌paying‌ ‌particular‌ ‌attention‌ ‌to‌ ‌your‌ ‌diet‌ ‌could‌ ‌help‌ ‌to‌ ‌

strengthen‌ ‌your‌ ‌immune‌ ‌system.‌ If‌ ‌you‌ ‌would‌ ‌like‌ ‌to‌ ‌keep‌ ‌colds,‌ ‌sore‌ ‌throats‌ ‌and‌ ‌other‌ ‌health‌ ‌problems‌ ‌at‌ ‌bay,‌ ‌include these healthy immune-boosting foods in your everyday meals.

Citrus‌ ‌Fruits‌ ‌ ‌

Vitamin‌ ‌C‌ ‌is‌ ‌one‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌most‌ ‌popular‌ ‌immune-strengthening‌ ‌vitamins.‌ ‌Use lemon, honey, and warm water to relieve cold and flu symptoms.

Vitamin‌ ‌C‌ ‌is‌ ‌often‌ ‌used‌ ‌to‌ ‌boost‌ ‌the‌ ‌immune‌ ‌system‌ ‌because‌ ‌apparently,‌ ‌it‌ ‌helps‌ ‌to‌ ‌

increase‌ ‌the‌ ‌number‌ ‌of‌ ‌white‌ ‌blood‌ ‌cells‌ ‌that‌ ‌the‌ ‌body‌ ‌produces.‌ ‌White‌ ‌blood‌ ‌cells‌ ‌play‌ ‌an essential role in eliminating infections.

Here are some citrus fruit options:

● Oranges‌ ‌ ‌

● Lemons/limes‌ ‌ ‌

● Tangerines‌ ‌ ‌

● Clementines‌ ‌ ‌

● Grapefruit‌ ‌ ‌

Here‌ ‌are‌ ‌some‌ ‌unusual‌ ‌citrus‌ ‌fruits‌ ‌that‌ ‌are‌ ‌not‌ ‌so‌ ‌popular,‌ ‌but‌ ‌also‌ ‌packed‌ ‌with‌ ‌vitamin‌ ‌C:

● Pomelo‌ ‌ ‌

● Bergamot‌ ‌ ‌

● Finger‌ ‌Limes‌ ‌ ‌

● Kumquat‌ ‌ ‌

● Buddha’s‌ ‌hand‌ ‌ ‌

Key‌ ‌fact‌:‌ ‌Your‌ ‌body‌ ‌does‌ ‌not‌ ‌store‌ ‌or‌ ‌produce‌ ‌vitamin‌ ‌C,‌ ‌eating‌ ‌foods‌ ‌rich‌ ‌in‌ ‌vitamin‌ ‌C‌ ‌is essential.

Ginger

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Ginger is a powerful antibacterial food; it also helps to reduce inflammation in the body. Use it to relieve sore throats and inflamed tonsils. Also, use it as a pain reliever and cholesterol reduction remedy.

Garlic

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Garlic is a popular ingredient found in most dishes such as Italian, Indian and Oriental meals. It adds spice and flavor to recipes; however, it also packs a punch when it comes to its immune-boosting properties. It kills harmful bacteria, and it reduces inflammation in the body too. Use it to prevent infectious diseases and to relieve the symptoms associated with them. Add garlic to your meals and eat it raw if you are brave enough.

Blueberries

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Blueberries contain a powerful chemical called anthocyanin. It strengthens the immune system and fights infections such as throat, chest, ear, and nose infections.

Red Bell Peppers

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Red bell peppers also contain vitamin C. Bell peppers contain more vitamin C than citrus fruits. Add them in stir-fries, salads, soups, and stews to strengthen your immune system and protect your skin, hair, and nails.

Turmeric

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Turmeric is a bright yellow flowering plant that belongs to the ginger family. Like ginger, it also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It prevents and relieves the symptoms associated with infections such as tonsillitis and bone conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Add turmeric to curries, stews, and soups; you can also make turmeric tea by boiling the fresh root in hot water for 20 to 30 minutes. However, if you don't have fresh turmeric on hand, use the powdered version instead. Just add one tablespoon of powdered turmeric to a mug of freshly boiled water, stir and add honey to taste.

Spinach

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Popeye didn't gain super strength by eating spinach for no reason; it is a powerful superfood that should be a key ingredient in your diet.

Spinach contains vitamin C and various other immune-boosting compounds such as beta carotene. Beta carotene transforms into vitamin A in the body, and vitamin A also helps to fight infections and diseases.

Yoghurt

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Most natural yoghurts contain good bacteria that help to build and strengthen the immune system. Look for natural, unsweetened yoghurt that contains "live cultures." These live bacterial cultures boost gut health; a healthy gut is essential for a robust immune system.

Some natural yoghurts have added vitamin D, which is also an essential vitamin for fighting infections.

Almonds

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Almonds are rich in vitamin E, which also contains potent chemicals that fight disease and strengthen the immune system.

Include some or all of these foods into your diet to protect and boost your immune system.

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