Today’s post is on how to strengthen your immune system. Firstly make sure to read our previous post, and make sure you don’t fall victim to any of the secret immune killers! If you haven’t read it already, then make sure to clink the link below to view it.
Other than the key areas in the post above, there are plenty of ways to improve your immune system. Were going to look over some of the ways you can change your diet, to help your immunity.
Now the number one way to keep your immunity high, is to get your five a day. The five a day practice has been preached for ages. Its an easy way to monitor your vitamin and mineral intake. In reality you should be eating more than five a day to get all the benefits. Due to the effects of intensive farming, vitamin and mineral levels are a lot lower in foods. That being said, five a day covers the bases, and makes sure that you get a good spectrum of most of your vitamin and minerals. One key point here, is to make sure your five a day are from different sources. You can’t eat five apples in one day, because you will be getting the same vitamins and minerals. Make sure to put an emphasis on foods that are rich in vitamin C. Good examples are kiwis, oranges and broccoli. This vitamin in particular, has very strong property’s, so make sure your not deficient in it.
Another key point is to try and eat lean protein with every meal. One of the key antibodies for fighting infections is made of protein, making sure your not deficient here, will help keep infections at bay.
As well as the broader points above, there are some key foods that you can incorporate in your diet. All of these have been shown to boost immunity.
Yoghurt – Yoghurt is full of probiotics that help keep the gut and intestinal tract free of disease.
Black Tea – Contains an amino acid called L-Theanine that can help with immunity.
Green Tea – Also contains the same amino acid as black tea, but also contains higher levels of antioxidants.
Cranberries and Blueberry’s – Both raw and in juice, these two berry’s are very high in antioxidants.
Fish – Rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and reduces inflammation. Some fish also contain selenium which helps to clear viruses out of the body. It is however oysters, crabs and clams that are high in selenium, so you have to have a varied diet to reap the benefits.
Oats – Oats contain beta-glucan that has antioxidant property’s and can help boost immunity
Chicken Soup – Chicken soup has always been a go to for people suffering when ill. Few people know the reason why. The amino acid cysteine which is released from chicken when cooked, is able to help with inflammation in the bronchial tubes. The salt content also helps keep mucus thin, allowing you to breath better.
So if you suffer from regular colds, or just want to stay at the top of your game, make sure include as many of these foods in your diet. The healthier your diet, the less days you will have off sick.