Here we are, mid-October, in the midst of Halloween decorations, planning for Thanksgiving and trying to stay ahead of the cold season.
Here are some Immunity Boosting Foods to help you get through the season.
10 Immunity Boosting Foods for the Cold & Flu Season from Slideberry.com
“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 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 a petri dish on legs! Did you know 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, the average cold lasts for 10 days, and each of the two parents get 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 more than half of 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 including vitamins A, B, C and zinc and have anti-viral and/or anti-bacterial properties.
- Yogurt (ideally plain yogurt as added sugar can suppress immunity) – probiotics help strengthen the immune system.
- Pumpkin seeds – high in zinc and omega-3, both essential for a healthy immune system.
- Cold water fish – good source of protein and omega-3.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables, especially carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, tomatoes – they are rich in beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A.
- Ground seeds, lentils, beans and whole grains – good source of B vitamins and protein.
- Ginger – has anti-viral properties.
- Garlic – has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.
- Honey (raw) – has anti-viral properties.
- Green tea – has anti-vitral properties.
- Mushrooms (maitake, reishi, shiitake) – elevate flu-fighting agents.
Bonus tips: avoid sugar and alcohol, both of which can weaken your immune system.