BOOTS YOUR IMMUNNE SYSTEM
By: Naturally Sparkling – Violet Beauty
By eating the right foods, you can boost your immune system and increase your family’s resistance to the winter cold and flu. Just by following these simple immune-boosting tips, you can strengthen your body, clear your mind and relieve stress.
Green teas are packed to the brim with flavonoids, a type of antioxidant. It provides protection against Ultra Violet (UV) damage, and strengthens the immune system by protecting it against damaging compounds known as free radicals in the body. Green tea helps keep the immune system running normally. Maintaining a healthy immune system is essential in handling infections from bacteria, parasites and viruses.
Ginger acts as an antimicrobial (an agent that kills bacteria – including salmonella) internally and topically as an antiseptic.
Two natural antibiotic agents are found in ginger, containing anti-inflammatory agents
that help eliminate congestion. Ginger root tea is a great way to ease throat pain, help kill cold viruses, combat chills, and fever, which is a big help in winter.
Almonds are renowned for its healthy-skin benefits. Almonds are rich in Vitamin E, and is a great antioxidant believed to support the immune system. In addition, Vitamin E slows down the ageing process. Just a handful of nutrient-rich almonds a day helps to promote a lot of health benefits.
Eating mushrooms regularly is one of the best ways to strengthen your immune system because they are rich in protein, fibre, Vitamin C, B vitamins, calcium, and other minerals.
Since the immune system is important in combating all of the ailments our body encounters, the immunostimulatory effect of probiotics in yogurt has been shown to help cleanse and boost our immune system.
When selecting yogurt, look for the ones that have “live and active cultures” printed on the label. That’s because these cultures are capable of stimulating and strengthening your immune system to help it fight diseases. Yogurt can also be a great source of Vitamin D, so try to select brands rich in Vitamin D.
Eating salmon can also boost the immune system, they provide high levels of protein and Omega-3 fatty acids, keeping our cells in working order. It is also rich in Vitamin E, and calcium. It is recommended that we should include fish like salmon in our diet at least three times a week.
Broccoli is very healthy. Selenium is an element found in high concentrations in broccoli, and is great at strengthening our immune system. When cooking broccoli, always go for steamed over stir-fired broccoli, since the health benefits are much greater.
Pineapples are full of B group vitamins including thiamine (B1) and B6, both of which are vital for energy metabolism and nerve function. Bromelain, an enzyme known for assisting the digestion of protein, is found in pineapples. The compound allows your body to use immune-boosting amino acids more effectively.
Remember, these are only a few of the ways you can easily boost your immune function, and there’re plenty of other ways to keep our bodily systems in working order. I wish you all the best on your health endeavours. Stay healthy and happy!