Supercharge Immune System with 5 Power Foods

It takes more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away. In fact, eating some pretty surprising nutrients will help immune system stay on guard and ready to fight off any flu symptoms/colds we might catch along the way. It's a known fact that having a well-rounded plate of fruits and vegetables, plus 8-10 glasses of water a day at a minimum will ensure your immunity sails smoothly.

Yes, we are more susceptible to catching colds/viruses during the winter seasons due to the lack of sunlight, sneezing, coughing etc. But, it's not uncommon for folks to catch colds all year around due to frequent travel or medical conditions such as Crohn’s Disease and Lupus. I encourage you to plan your daily meals that include these immunity-boosting foods as an act of prevention.

 

1) CITRUS FRUITS

What's the first thing someone tells you to buy at the market when you catch a cold to help boost the immune system? Orange Juice! Its known to increase production of white blood cells that help fight off infections. Because your body doesn't produce or store it, you need daily vitamin C for continued health. Almost all citrus fruits are high in vitamin C.

- Oranges

- Lemons

- Clementines

- Tangerines

- Grapefruits

 

2) GINGER

Besides being every West Indians cure for everything, ginger is equal parts versatile and magical. It's full of antioxidants, high in anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce nausea, lowers cholesterol, block infection and promote proper digestion.

 

3) TURMERIC

Turmeric contains one of the highest levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is anti-viral, anti-fungal and can help protect against cancer. Inflammation is the cause of many chronic diseases, so turmeric is your anti-inflammatory superhero! When you mix turmeric with black pepper, you increase your body’s absorption significantly.

 

4) GARLIC

Garlic is nature’s antibiotic. It’s an amazing thing to add to your diet even when you don't feel under the weather. Substances called allistatin, allicin, and ajoine are the strongest antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and immune-enhancing compounds found in large quantities in garlic. 

 

5) PROBIOTIC RICH FOODS

In addition to adding probiotic-rich foods to your diet, consider a probiotic supplement. Having a healthy intestinal tract is the most imperative part of a high functioning immune system. Probiotics fill your gut with good bacteria and can kill off invading pathogens, harmful bacteria and fungi.

- Kimchi

- Kombucha

- Yogurt

- Apple Cider Vinegar

- Miso

- Tempeh

++ Health begins in the gut!

All my love,

  Shani