With the floods, pollution and other vices that plague our environment, it is very important to ‘up’ your immunity game. The human body has its own fighting agents that are anti-disease – it is called the immune system. Certain foods and lifestyles can boost the immune system and they help ward off ailments. In this post, we’d focus on foods that can boost the immune system.
Foods that boost the immune system.
- Top on our list is oats. Oats contain a certain type of fiber that is packed with antioxidants. Apart from it being a good boost to the immune system, it also speeds up healing of wounds. Incorporating this in your weekly food diet can go a long way in improving your general health.
- Chicken soup! I personally love chicken… anything chicken mainly because it is tasty. But chicken soup is beyond just its tastiness. Chicken is high in vitamin B6 and when boiled, the stock gotten used for the soup contains nutrients that boosts immunity and speeds up recovery and healing.
- Tea. I remember my mom always making me drink tea every morning before school as a child. I had no idea she was doing me so much good. Tea contains virus-fighting agents. Some of which are: polyphenols, flavonoids (an anti-oxidant) and L-theanine (an amino acid) responsible for boosting the immune system.
- Pawpaw is one fruit packed with so much goodness. One of which is an enzyme known as papain. It has anti-inflammatory properties. It is also very rich in vitamins.
- Beef. Yes, amazingly beef. Beef contains zinc and deficiency of zinc can lower your immune system and make you more open to infections. This is because the white blood cells (that major in helping fight the disease causing agents) need zinc tor development.
- Watermelon. Nothing tastes like cold cut-open watermelon at the end of a long day. Apart from the refreshment it brings, it is also rich in antioxidants, hence it strengthens the immunes system.
- Finally, garlic. Garlic is useful in fighting against infections. It is best when it is eaten raw. Even If you don’t like the smell, you can use it to flavor your foods and still get some doze of good off it.
There are other ways you can boost your immune system and avoid falling sick. In addition to eating healthy, keeping a clean environment and exercising regularly are key factors in preventing ailments.