Boost immunity. It’s a new year, and as usual, many of us have goals and targets for the year. For the health-conscious one, living a healthy lifestyle and strengthening the immune system is likely to be one of such goals.
Do you want to live a healthier life this year? Try adding the following common foods to your diet
It is impossible to talk about boosting your immunity without including citruses. Fruits such as orange, tangerines, grapefruits, etc are common examples which are readily available in our local markets.
Citruses are packed with vitamin C which are known to stimulate the production of infection-fighting white blood cells. Your body neither produces nor stores vitamin C, therefore, it will be beneficial for you to consume citrus fruits as frequently as possible.
You may also consider Vitamin C supplements. However, be careful not to overdose.
Yogurts are immune boosters; especially the unsweetened ones with live cultures.
Good yogurts have probiotic properties that stimulate and encourage the growth of good bacteria in the gut. These good bacteria protect you against gastrointestinal infections, inflammation and even colon cancer.
This year, be intentional about introducing good-quality yogurts into your diet.
Red bell peppers
In Nigeria, these peppers are commonly known as tatashe. This popular pepper is rich in vitamins C and B which are great for the immune system.
It also contains beta-carotene which is converted into Vitamin A; the micronutrient will do wonders for your eyes, skin and hair.
Red bell peppers are affordable immune enhancers that you should consider making a staple in your kitchen this year.
Ginger is probably the most renowned root vegetable from history. This popular spice has been used for medicinal purposes across different cultures for centuries.
Studies have documented its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties.
You have a lot to gain by introducing lots of ginger into your diet in 2024
A close accompaniment to ginger- garlic- also has remarkable health benefits
The immune-boosting ability of garlic has been shown to come from its heavy concentration of sulfur-containing compounds like allicin.
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Till next time, stay healthy.