TOP 5 OF THE IMMUNITY BOOSTING FOODS

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WHAT IS AN IMMUNE SYSTEM?

 

The Immune System is the body’s natural defense system against disease and infections. This complex system contains antibodies, white blood cells, chemicals and proteins that work together to recognize and fight foreign pathogens.

 

In other words- it’s the kick ass system our bodies have in place to keep us healthy and free from illness.

 

The foods you choose to eat can play a major role in how well your immune system functions.

 

Read on and discover our Top 5 of the Immunity Boosting Foods!

 

SWEET POTATOES


Sweet Potatoes

 

These delicious root vegetables are very high in Vitamin A which is known to play a crucial role in skin health.

 

You may not think of the skin as part of the immune system, but this massive organ serves as the first line of defense against harmful viruses and bacteria. 

 

One of the best (and tastiest!) ways to ensure your body is getting enough Vitamin A is by eating plenty of foods containing high levels of Beta-carotene such as our good friend, the Sweet Potato!

 

In addition to sweet potatoes, other foods that are high in Vitamin A include carrots, pumpkin, cantaloupe, dark-green leafy vegetables, squash, romaine lettuce, dried apricots, red peppers, fish and organ meats.

 

PROBIOTIC-RICH FOODS

 Probiotic Food

 

 

Probiotics are often referred to as “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they aid in balancing the gut microbiome. When our gut health is optimal we see improved processing and digestion, strengthening the immune system and leading to overall better health. 

 

When our systems function properly, we are also likely to develop less severe symptoms and recover faster than a person who’s gut is in poor health.

 

Additional studies have shown that those who regularly consume probiotics may be less likely to need antibiotics, if and when they do become ill.

 

Great sources of probiotics include sauerkraut, naturally fermented pickles, kimchi, tempeh, miso, natto and kombucha.

   

GARLIC

 Garlic

 

 

Garlic contains an active compound, Allicin, which may help reduce your risk of infection and improve your immune system’s ability to fight off colds. 

 

In addition to the super immunity boost, garlic has antimicrobial and antiviral properties that help fight infections.

 

Consuming 2-3 cloves of fresh garlic daily may help boost your immune system. 

 

Garlic seems particularly effective at reducing the symptoms and duration of the common cold.

 

BERRIES

 Berries

 

 

Berries are a rich source of polyphenols, a group of beneficial plant compounds with antioxidant properties.

 

These tasty treats are so rich in nutrients, minerals and antioxidants that they can even offer some protection against the Influenza virus or the “Flu”. 

 

Berries are so good for you that they may even offer some defense against more aggressive pathogens such as Staphylococcus, E.Coli and Salmonella.

 

Many berries also contain high amounts of Vitamin C, adding yet another layer of immune-boosting protection. 

   

COCONUT OIL

 Coconut oil

 

Lauric Acid, is converted into the substance, Monolaurin during digestion, and has the ability to kill harmful viruses, bacteria and fungi.

 

One study suggests that coconut fats may help fight off the types of bacteria that cause stomach ulcers, sinusitis, dental cavities, food poisoning and urinary tract infections.

 

You can easily add coconut oil to your diet by using it instead of butter or vegetable oils in cooking or baking.

 

On top of these 5 foods, making sure you get enough H2O, sleep and exercise will also play a major role in your immune system and its ability to fight off illnesses.

 

STAY EDUCATED!

 

 

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