“You are what you eat” could not be more true when it comes to immunity and your overall health. When you are eating the right foods your body is better equipped to fight off foreign invaders so that you do not end up sniffling, sneezing, coughing and feeling just miserable. Knowing what to eat can make boosting your immune very easy.
Chicken Noodle Soup
Now, you should go for a more organic or homemade soup because processed, canned soups tend to back jam-packed with sodium and little else. This helps to give you some much-needed fluids and it also stimulates mucus so that you can keep dehydration and congestion at bay, respectively. Some also believe that it plays a role in decreasing inflammation. Having organic chicken stock in your pantry will do you a world of good and help you quickly be able to make this soup whenever you would like to.
Onions and Garlic
While cats and dogs should never have these two foods, we humans can benefit greatly from them. In addition to making dishes flavorful, garlic and onions have a number of immunity boosting and antiseptic compounds. Garlic is also good to get those sinuses open if you do find yourself falling ill or even if you battle seasonal allergies. Remember that allergies are immune-system related so do not be afraid to use onion and garlic when things like pollen and ragweed start to wreak havoc on your sinuses.
You probably already know that citrus fruits contain a big punch of vitamin C and that this vitamin is important in keeping your immune system strong. There are studies that have estimated that if you load up on vitamin C when you have a cold that you will reduce the symptoms by around 23 percent. You can eat the fruits to help prevent illness too. You can have them as is or as a juice. The choice is up to you and you will get the same immune-boosting benefits regardless of how you consume them.
Just a single cup of yogurt every day is said to be highly beneficial to your immune system. On average, your vulnerability to colds is reduced by 25 percent if you follow this daily recommendation. It has a bacteria known as Lactobacillus reuteri which is a “good bacteria” associated with not allowing viruses to replicate in your body. This means that you will be able to avoid illness. Now, not all yogurts are created equal so be sure to check the nutrition label to ensure that your favorite yogurt contains this specific bacteria.
When you are feeling nauseated you have surely reached for a ginger ale. We know that ginger is effective in alleviating nausea, but it is also effective in protecting against rhinovirus due to sequiterpenes which are chemicals in ginger. So, if you want to prevent a cold or fight off one that has already set in then reach for some ginger. This herb can also be good with reducing fever and pain, as well as gently sedating you so that you can rest better.
Tea with honey is a popular American remedy when someone has a sore throat or feels that a cold is coming on. Honey is very effective for sore throats because it can coat them. Honey also has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties that allow it to help your body in fighting against bacteria, viruses and fungi. You want to find a more natural honey and not the honey you find at the grocery store. Also, keep in mind that if you have children under one year of age that they cannot have honey until they are older.
About the Author: Rose Baker is a nutritionist who believes in a healthier lifestyle through exercise and nutrition. Rose writes for Engagement Health.