Immune system boosters are key to staying your healthiest self this season. Among other things, a weakened immune system can stem from a lack of sleep and exercise, a poor diet filled with sugar and junk food, or low protein and zinc. It’s essential to strengthen your immune system to be able to fight off illnesses that seem to run rampant this time of year.
A healthy diet and lifestyle is key to keeping your immune system in check. Fill up on foods such as dark leafy greens, sweet potato, turmeric, and yogurt to load up on vitamins and detox your body. A good night’s sleep is also crucial for reducing stress, boosting the immune system and keeping you healthy.
And don’t forget about exercise. It can easily be put on the backburner in the winter, when days get shorter and colder, but keeping up with your exercise regime is a must. It supports your detox organs and strengthens your immune system to help fight off any sickness in your body.
If you’re looking for natural ways to stay healthy this season, these 10 immune system boosters are just what you need!
1. Dark leafy greens
Dark leafy greens such as broccoli, spinach and kale, are potent anti-oxidants that help the body eliminate toxins. The high amount of nutrients and vitamins available in these vegetables fight viruses and bacteria, and allow for more oxygen to get to your blood.
Dark leafy greens help to boost your metabolism and detox your body. They strengthen your immune system, so make sure to add them regularly to your diet to stay healthy this season! Try the 50 Shades of Kale Cookbook for some delicious ideas!
Tofu is a major source of protein, which is essential for a strong immune system. It’s also a great source of zinc, which helps boost the immune system as well. A lack of protein and zinc are two of the main reasons for a weakened immune system that can lead to seasonal sicknesses.
Tofu is cost-efficient and a great substitute if you’re a vegetarian/vegan, or just need a break from meat! Think you hate tofu? The I Hate Tofu Cookbook might just change your mind!
Many people slack on exercise in the winter. It’s cold outside, it gets darker earlier, and the thought of leaving your warm house to go to a spin class seems like the last thing you’d want to do. But suck it up, bundle up, and get your tush to the gym (or yoga studio, or barre studio, etc.).
If you want a natural way to stay healthy this season, exercise is a must. It supports your detox organs, flushes bacteria out of the lungs, and helps fight off diseases such as cold and flu.
4. Sweet potato
Sweet potato is one of the best immune system boosters out there, and the reason is quite interesting. Sweet potato is rich in beta carotene, the orange/yellow pigment that gives it its colour. Beta carotene is turned into vitamin A, which is essential for healthy skin.
Your skin is your body’s defense against bacteria and viruses, so having healthy skin is very important to keeping your immune system in check. Sweet potato is the cream of the crop when it comes to vitamin A, but other foods rich in beta carotene include carrots, bell peppers, and pumpkin.
5. Green tea
If you’re a regular reader around here, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of tea! As it turns out, the warm, healthy drink works wonders to boost your immune system. Green tea specifically, is filled with antioxidants, which gives it amazing immune-boosting effects.
The antioxidants in green tea protect the immune system from free radicals, which keep it strong and give it the ability to fight off infections and sickness in the body.
6. Proper sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep is essential if you want to stay healthy. A proper 7 to 8-hour sleep will support a healthy immune system and is one of the best tools for stress reduction. Stress can suppress the immune system, leading to sickness such as digestive problems, viruses, and more.
Make sure you’re getting at least 7 hours of sleep to ensure you’re boosting your immune system to its full potential!
I absolutely love pretty much all types of mushrooms, and all varieties of mushrooms help boost the immune system. They’re rich in anti-oxidants and some mushrooms have even been found to help fight cancer.
Stir frys, pasta dishes, miso soup, and pizza are always better with mushrooms. Just read Shroom! Load them on to boost your immune system and stay your healthiest self!
Turmeric has made a name for itself as the trendiest new superfood, and it’s all for good reason. The spice has awesome immune boosting properties, and due to its curcumin content, is an anti-inflammatory that helps fight sickness and disease.
Toss it in soups, smoothies, omelettes, curries, and salads for a delicious, immune boosting addition. Here’s a cookbook filed with Turmeric Drink Recipes for Optimal Health.
Yogurt is a great way to start the day. Mix in some granola and berries of your choice, and you have a super healthy breakfast that will strengthen your immune system. Yogurt contains probiotics, which are healthy bacteria that help keep the gut free of disease-infested germs. Look for the words “live and active cultures” on the container to ensure you’re getting a good dose of probiotic content.
If you’re not a big fan of yogurt, you can check out some other probiotic foods here.
10. Wash your hands
While hand-washing is always important, you should pay extra attention to it during cold and flu season. These diseases are spread easily and quickly, from something as easy as touching the same surface as someone who is sick.
Wash your hands when you come home, before and after eating, after your cough or sneeze, and after touching a surface that may have been touched by sick people (AKA the subway stair railing). Wash them with warm water and soap for 20 seconds. This will help to keep you and your immune system healthy!
A strong immune system is key if you want to stay healthy this season. Use these immune system boosters to fight sickness before it hits!
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