Getting a cold is the worst: your head is fuzzy, your eyes feel like they’re falling out of your head, never mind trying to maintain any kind of professional etiquette with two tissues stuffed up your nose. When winter rolls around you sense catching the common cold is kind’ve inevitable. It’s normal for our bodies to feel a bit run down with the change of seasons, the drop in temperature and apocalyptic amount of rainfall. Thankfully mother nature has provided us with flu fighting food to boost our immune system.
Keeping up a healthy diet throughout the winter months is a tremendous help to boost our immune system. It’s easy to fall into the habit of ordering take out, after all, on one wants to go grocery shopping when you know you’ll be freezing. Here at Meditation Relax Club we’ve strung together some tasty power food to help boost your immune system so you can be at your best all through winter!
10. Bananas (Vitamin B6)
You’ve probably heard of this magical family of B vitamins. Well, vitamin B6 in particular is important as it has a vital role in converting food into energy and helps the body metabolize fats and proteins. Making bananas a natural flu fighting food. As a bonus it also helps keep your hair, skin, liver and eyes healthy!
9. Spinach (Vitamin E)
Vitamin E is another immune booster vitamin, fantastic for fighting off the flu and helps your body fight infections with it’s antioxidant properties. One of the best sources of vitamin E is found in spinach, which is super good for you.
8. Oats & Barely
Grains of oats and barely contain a type of fibre called beta-glucan. What is beta-glucan? It’s a combination of antimicrobial and antioxidant capabilities. Reports have shown that when humans consume these compounds it boosts our immunity, speeds up wound healing and even help antibiotics work better.
Garlic has a huge reputation with doing wonders for our immune systems. It’s one of those underrated power foods. But what makes garlic so powerful? There is an active ingredient in garlic called allicin which fights bacteria and infection. You can take garlic as a supplement and you can find it in any drugstore or supermarket.
Flu fighting foods such as clams, crabs, mussels and lobster has a natural immune boosting element called selenium. Selenium has been highly praised by healthy experts for it’s antioxidant properties. These antioxidants protect cells from damage, preventing you from getting a cold!
6. Vitamin D
Oh the sunshine, how we miss you in the depths of winter. The most important thing our body’s absorb from the sun is Vitamin D which keeps our bones strong, our skin clear of acne and boost our immune systems. You actually only need 10 minutes of sun exposure a day. If the sun is in short supply, eat fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines.
5. Sweet Potatoes (Vitamin A)
Think of your largest organ? Most people are unaware that their skin is actually their largest organ. Vitamin A, which sweet potatoes contain over 400% of your daily needs along with plenty of fiber and potassium, plays a major part in the production of connective tissue, which is a key component of skin. So they work wonders to boost your immune system!
Tea acts as a natural detox, cleansing your body of bad toxins but it also builds virus-fighting interferon in your blood. Which helps prevents you catching a cold or influenza. It’s the amino acid that is responsible for the boost in your immune system, L-theanine, can be found in both black and green tea. So all those cups of tea are actually doing you better than you thought!
Humans have been turning to mushrooms for immune boosting remedies for centuries. Modern research shows that mushrooms increase the production and activity of white blood cells, making them more aggressive. In turn, this makes mushrooms the perfect flu fighting food.
Yogurt is a natural probiotic, which means it’s super good for your gut. It creates a healthy bacteria that keep the gut and intestinal tract free of disease-causing germs. Without getting into the nitty gritty biology of it all, basically, the probiotic goodness of yogurt is really good for your digestive system, boosts your immune system by stimulating white blood cells and keeps your bones strong!
1. Chicken Soup
An oldie but a goodie! Chicken soup has been a remedy for anyone feeling under the weather for a long time now. This is because chicken soup has been proven to block the migration of inflammatory white cells, this is important as cold symptoms are a response to the cell’s accumulation in the bronchial tubs. Also the soup’s salty brother keeps the mucus to thin, the same way as cough medicine does. Making it the ultimate flu fighting food!
So it turns out keeping a healthy diet isn’t as hard as you may think! Make the most of the winter months, stay healthy and look after your body. I do hope this article raised some awareness on the benefits of these foods and how easy it is to prevent a cold or influenza!