10 Immunity Boosting Foods For the Cold and Flu Season
“Cold and Flu” season is right around the corner, and it seems that everywhere you go you run into someone sneezing! How can you boost your immunity so you can stay healthy this Fall and Winter? Getting sick is not only uncomfortable, but it also impacts your productivities, your energy level and even your relationship (have you ever got snappy because you have a sore throat or a headache?)
If you have kids, I am sure you can relate how hard it is not to get sick from those little slimy hands – they are like petri dish on legs! Do you know that on average, school-age kids in America experience eight to ten colds a year? [according to The Children’s Hospital Guide to Your Child’s Health and Development]
Let’s say you have two children, and the average cold lasts for 10 days, and each of the two parents gets half of their colds. So you have (8+8+4+4) x 10=240 days of someone possibly being sick in your household – that’s is more than half the year!! Luckily, there are some easy ways to strengthen your immune system by adding some common yet nutritious foods to your diet. They have high immunity-boosting nutrients (e.g. vitamins A, B, and C, zinc), anti-viral and/or antibacterial properties:
1. Yogurt (ideally plain yogurt as added sugar can suppress immunity) – probiotics help strengthen the immune system.
2. Pumpkin seeds – high in zinc and omega-3, both essential for a healthy immune system.
3. Cold water fish – good source of protein and omega-3.
4. Fresh fruits and vegetables, especially carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, tomatoes – they are rich in beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A.
5. Ground seeds, lentils, beans and whole grains – good source of B vitamins and protein.
6. Ginger – has anti-viral properties.
7. Garlic – has antiviral and anti-bacterial properties.
8. Honey (raw) –has anti-viral properties.
9. Green tea –has anti-viral properties.
10. Mushrooms (maitake, reishi, shiitake) – elevate flu-fighting agents.
**avoid sugar and alcohol, both of which can weaken your immune system.
And there are more foods that you can add to your diet to boost your immune system and also improve the health of your gut. The gut is the home of the microbiome that is directly related to our immune system and so many health conditions. How you treat your gut will determine your health or illness.
So today I want to help you learn more about your gut and which food to add to your diet to treat it like a Queen. Download below my FREE guide to learn more about these foods and let’s start repairing your inner world.
Love and Wellness,