Updated: Aug 20
What have you been eating to boost your immunity?
While adequate sleep, movement and stress management lay the foundation for strong immunity; nutrition plays a big role in decreasing susceptibility to infectious disease.
Each time we eat, the body is loaded with substances that either increase or degrade the immune response. By removing foods that deplete immune system resources (sugar, alcohol and refined carbs) while adding ones that support immune defenses, the body’s white blood cells receive what they need to promote optimal immune function.
Here are some immune-boosting foods for you to add to your daily menu:
Broccoli sprouts – they contain very high levels of sulforaphane, which is a powerful antioxidant and has been found to influence the epigenetic layer of certain parts of DNA that influence a number of disease fighting functions.
Matcha green tea – it is loaded with polyphenols (plant based antioxidants), most precisely catechins. Studies have shown that green tea catechins (EGCG) have antiviral effects.
Ginger – known to increase guy health, prevent common cold and reduce inflammation. Fresh ginger contains a medicinal component named gingerol. It is known to inhibit viral activity in the human respiratory system.
Propolis – it is produced by bees from the sap on over green trees. It has been used for centuries to fight infections. Current research suggest that it may possess antiviral properties. It is mostly consumed as tincture or in capsules.
Berries – high in vitamin C, berries are full of the polyphenols called anthocyanin; which have been referred as valuable resource of antiviral substances. On the top of the list of high anthocyanin berries are blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Frozen berries retain their anthocyanin values for up to 3 months.