With the holidays around the corner, we are also approaching flu season. Do you fall victim to the common cold or flu each year during the holidays? If so, you should consider including the following 7 foods in your diet to help boost your immune system and fight infection!
Garlic has been shown to be more powerful than antibiotics. It can help prevent or reduce symptoms of the common cold and flu. Add to your cooking or take garlic capsules.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, provides digestive support and soothes stomach aches. Add into your green juice, smoothies, cooking or tea.
Green tea is rich in antioxidants and nutrients that help boost the immune system. It has also been shown to kill bacteria and help with cognitive function. Long term, it has been shown help reduce the risk of various cancers. Make sure to choose organic, loose leaf tea whenever possible.
Coconut oil contains antibacterial, antiviral AND anti fungal properties – helping to fight almost any kind of infection. Add a scoop to your morning smoothie, coffee, use as cooking oil or take a spoonful a day.
Fermented foods are high in probiotics which help boost the healthy bacteria in your gut so that it can help fight infection. Add sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir or kombucha (fermented tea) into your diet. If you do not like fermented food, it is important to supplement with probiotics.
Drinking bone broth delivers minerals and collagen to your body to help regenerate cells and boost your immune system. You may drink weekly for prevention or multiple times a day when sick.
When we think vitamin C, most of us default to oranges. However did you know that one bell pepper actually contains nearly 4x more vitamin c than one orange? Bell peppers also have significantly less sugar than an orange – 7 grams vs. 23 grams. Vitamin C is known to help boost the immune system and prevent infection.
Look to nature for your medicine this flu season.
About the author:
Shanna Mota, is a Holistic Nutritionist and founder of Live Love Detox. She believes wholeheartedly in the power of food. Her dream is to eradicate preventable diseases using food as medicine and to educate the population on the impact of the foods that they eat.