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5 Immune Boosting Foods

Here's some great immune boosting foods to look out for when you're next out food shopping..

1. Fermented Foods  

Fermented foods carry a host of healthy probiotics. Probiotics are healthy bacteria that promote your gut health. With more than 80% of the immune system residing in your gut, taking probiotics is a really good step. The next time you're out shopping, grab some kefir, miso, kimchi or sauerkraut. They will have more active bacteria than a probiotic pill.

2. Include Herbs

Include plenty of herbs like Cilantro, Tulsi (Holy basil) and Oregano. Research confirms Tulsi has outstanding immune-boosting effects.

Oregano is a powerful healing and immune-boosting herb. Both these herbs have anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral effects.

3. Spice Up Your Meals

Spices like turmeric and ginger have extraordinary immune-strengthening effects.

Ayurvedic medicine cites their effects on our immune system. These spices have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, which work to improve immune cell's function.

Ginger helps to break down toxins in our organs through its warming effects.

Turmeric's yellow pigment curcumin is a potent antibiotic.

My favourite way to reap the benefits of these potent spices in a detox tea.

4. Add Cruciferous Veggies 

They are rich in sulfur-containing nutrients. These are powerful antioxidants, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.

Examples include broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and cauliflower.

5. Boost Your Antioxidant intake

Include plenty of antioxidant-rich foods like fruits and vegetables.

Go for a colourful palate and eat as many variants as you can to get a spectrum of antioxidants.

Antioxidants scavenge dead cells and free radicals and free up the immune system. This reduces the toxic overload in the body and refreshes the disease-fighting cells.

Building your immune health is a holistic approach. Besides diet, other factors do weigh in too.

BONUS:

Here are a few other things to keep in mind..

    • Avoid smoking
    • Eat a diet high in raw fruits, and vegetables
    • Exercise daily
    • Maintain a healthy weight
    • Get adequate sleep
    • Maintain adequate vitamin D levels
    • Drink enough water
    • Lower your stress levels
    • Include healthy fats and protein in your meals
    • Wash your hands regularly

    Take a pro-active approach to your health. A healthy diet is the key to lower the risk of diseases and keeps your immune system healthy. 

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