You may have heard that it is well to feed your cold. But why wait until you are ill to start combatting these viruses?
Many foods that we tend to see at the grocery store (though we probably shouldn't be going to the grocery store during a time like this) can help boost the immune system which battles the viruses that try to attack and infect us.
Immune System Boosters:
1) Citrus Fruits
Vitamin C is known to increase the reproduction of the sergeants of the war in your immune system, better acknowledged as White Blood Cells.
Fruits packed with vitamin C:
Your mother wasn't playing when she told you to finish your vegetables, and you tried to play her by feeding it to the dog, no wonder your dog never gets the cold. Broccoli contains many vitamins and minerals such as Vitamins A, C, and E, including antioxidants and a great source of fiber. It's better to eat Broccoli uncooked, as the beneficial nutrients may burn out.
Garlic is essential in fighting infections. In fact it was used hundreds of years ago as the main source in battling an infection. Garlic is infused with allicin which boosts the immune system.
Almonds are filled with Vitamin E, Vitamin E is a sidekick to Vitamin C. It is one of the most effective foods that helps to fight off colds, and keep it from coming in the first place. Almonds, as well as other nuts are also filled with healthy fats, a one half-cup serving gives about 100% of the daily recommendation of Vitamin E.
5) Green Tea
Green Tea as well as black tea is filled with an antioxidant called flavonoids. It contains epigallocatechin which was proven to support the immune system. Green tea also contains L-theanine, which is an amino acid that helps the germ-fighters in your body. Drinking it warm can also help clear congestion.
Adding these 5 powerful foods to your diet may help boost your Immune System, keep it running at its full potential, and maintain its place as a host defense against unwelcome organisms.