If you’ve read my “about me” you may know I’ve just completed a Biological Science program… and immunology was one of my courses! It really is pretty unbelievable what our body can do!
This year the flu is hitting us hard! A great way to help yourself and your family combat this nasty virus is to do all you can to boost your immune system! I’ve complied a list of foods that you can add to your diet to help boost your immune system! While none of the foods offer a full defence against the flu, all of them are great immune builders to help keep you healthy… and all of them are yummy :)!
Chicken Noodle Soup: thins mucous & hydrates
Oats: antioxidant, speeds healing
Onion & Garlic: antiseptics, Garlic opens clogged sinuses
Mushrooms: Helps produce cells that fight infection by increasing production of immune cells.
Citrus Fruits: vitamin C
Sweet Potato: Beta Carotene aids growth of the immune system
Almonds: Antioxidant Vitamin E
Yogurt: has good bacteria to block the replication of viruses (Make sure it has “live/active cultures” in your yogurt
Hot Tea: thins mucus, hydrates. Green & Black tea have antioxidants.
Salmon: Vitamin D
Ginger: soothes throat & stomach, directly targets the cold virus. Natural pain & fever reducer
Honey: antioxidant & antimicrobial. Fights viruses, bacteria, and fungi.
Black Pepper: anti-fever and pain-relieving qualities
Spices: garlic, thyme, rosemary, sage and oregano immune system
Many of these items were found on the list provided by Huffington Post in addition to my own findings!