With the spread of COVID-19 altering many lives, you may be thinking about ways you can boost your immune system to protect yourself and your family from sickness. Today let’s take a look at five foods you should be adding to your grocery list that can help boost your immune system.
Citrus Fruits – Vitamin C to Boost Your Immune System
We know that getting our daily amounts of vitamins and minerals is important but who wants to take a huge pill every day? Instead, slice an orange and dig in! Did you know that citrus fruits have a ton of vitamin C which is scientifically proven to have antiviral and antibacterial properties?
While not completely agreed upon just yet, some scientists believe that the regular consumption of citrus fruits can also aid in kidney function, and support a healthy heart.
How should you eat it? However you like! Eat your citrus fruits alone, juiced or in a smoothie to absorb all of those tasty health benefits.
Do you ever wonder why berries are not only delicious but so pretty to look at? Berries get their deep colors from a compound called anthocyanins. It is believed this small but mighty fruit can protect you from getting cancer, heart disease, and dementia while also boosting your immune system.
Take a look at this list to see which berries you should be eating to support a healthy body.
If it was good enough for Popeye The Sailor Man then it’s good enough for us! Spinach is full of antioxidants that help protect your immune system by shielding your white blood cells. It also has a ton of vitamin C but be warned, you’re getting the most health benefits out of your spinach when you cook it as little as possible.
We suggest tossing some spinach in a fresh salad to add a little extra green to your bowl!
Ginger – Little Known Immune System Booster
We know that ginger has properties that decrease inflammation in the body. But did you know it can also boost your immune system? Not only can it boost your immunity but it also has anti-nausea properties.
Some believe that ginger can also aid in gut health, lower blood sugar, and cholesterol and support healthy brain function. This root does it all!
Who doesn’t love a snack that has a bit of crunch to it? Put down the bag of chips! Almonds are the healthy, crunchy snack your body is begging for.
Take a look at the nutrient profile of this tiny wonder! A 1-ounce serving of almonds contains:
- Fiber: 3.5 grams
- Protein: 6 grams
- Fat: 14 grams
- Vitamin E: 37% of the Reference Daily Intake
- Manganese: 32% of the Reference Daily Intake
- Magnesium: 20% of the Reference Daily Intake
- Almonds also contain amounts of copper, vitamin B2 and phosphorus.
Times may seem difficult right now, but by taking precautionary measures and creating healthy meals and snacks for your family, you’ll be doing your body a great deal of help.
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NOTE: Content included here is not medical advice, and only is intended as information for adults. Always consult with your health care professional before making changes to diet, exercise, medication, or before use of any product or device.