Immunity is a word we are hearing a lot about lately. In times of a pandemic, it isn’t a bad idea to give our immune systems a boost, and what better way to do so naturally via foods we can consume, thanks to an article from Healthline.
It is believed that vitamin c is a great way to increase our white blood cell count, which in turn enhances our immune systems as it helps to fight off infection. Citrus fruits such as tangerines, grapefruit, oranges, clementines, lemons and limes are packed full of vitamin c.
Red peppers are considered to be an immune-boosting food as they are also rich in vitamin c, as well as beta carotene.
Although it isn’t my favourite thing on the planet to eat, broccoli “is supercharged with vitamins and minerals. Packed with vitamins A, C, and E, as well as many other antioxidants and fiber, broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables you can put on your table. The key to keeping its power intact is to cook it as little as possible — or better yet, not at all,” the article says.
Garlic is another food that can help to enhance immunity. “According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, garlic may also help lower blood pressure and slow down hardening of the arteries. Garlic’s immune-boosting properties seem to come from a heavy concentration of sulfur-containing compounds, such as allicin,” the article explains.
Ginger is a great option as it can help to reduce inflammation in the body, alleviate nausea, and because it contains “gingerol, a relative of capsaicin, (it) may help decrease chronic pain and may possess cholesterol-lowering properties, according to recent animal research.”
These are only a few of the foods listed in the article, so take a look for yourself to determine how you’re going to adjust your diet while simultaneously giving your immune system a boost.