Are you feeling sick frequently or catching a cold? Consuming immune boosting foods regularly is important. A rich diet in fresh vegetables and fruits will give you the necessary nutrients required to boost your immune system. As we continue to face the COVID-19 battle, you may have gone across several food supplements that supposedly increase your immune system. Here, we explore some basic facts about how healthy food plays a role in boosting your immune system.
IMMUNE BOOSTING FOODS
Garlic is often used to prevent sore throat due to antiseptic properties that can relieve the pain. The most common medicinal way to use garlic is to chew it on a raw clove. I know it might be tough for some people. Thus there is another way to ingest it by adding some olive oil or honey. Keep in mind that the key is to eat it raw and as soon as possible.
Turmeric is a yellow spice, common in Indian cuisine. However, you can find it in any grocery store. Its most active compound curcumin is considered a strong anti-inflammatory. As inflammation can cause several diseases, turmeric is known for its variety of health benefits.
Oregano helps to protect the immune system, due to its excellent source of Vitamin K, Vitamin E, manganese, and calcium. Did you know that there is enough Vitamin K in one teaspoon of dried oregano to provide one-tenth of your daily needs?
Citrus Fruits (oranges, lemons, tangerines, limes, and grapefruit) are rich in Vitamin C — that’s why many people look for these fruits during the flu and cold season. In this case, an orange a day keeps the doctor away, right?
Coconut Oil is rich in fatty acids called lauric acids that improve cholesterol levels. The oil is unlikely to have the coconutty flavor and smell. Virgin coconut oil is considered to be higher quality and richer in antioxidant polyphenols.
Bone Broth is a source of gelatin, which produces collagen in the body. Bones themselves are rich in calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, which may protect the joints.
Green Tea has more health benefits than black tea due to the processing. Black tea allows the fermentation, whereas green tea avoids it. Consequently, green tea retains the maximum amount of antioxidants. Adding honey to the green tea is the ultimate combination. A set of superpowers that fight against the flu.
Seafood Produce provides essential nutrients to support immunity. Check out the seafood selection at your local Souq Market – fresh, frozen, and packaged options.
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Keep in mind that variety is the key to proper nutrition. Including only one of these foods in your diet won’t be enough to help fight the flu or other infections, even if you eat it constantly. Eating right is a great start to protect you and your family from the flu, cold, and other illnesses. Perhaps taking your annual flu vaccine might be another option.
Senada Ferataj works as a Social Media Manager at Souq Markets. She has a Master’s Degree in Business Management which concentrates on Accounting and Digital Marketing. She enjoys traveling, but these days Social Media and Marketing are what her hobbies consist of.