With the threat of the fast-spreading coronavirus looming over our heads, I thought this would be the perfect time to find natural ways to fight it off.
One of the most important things to do (aside from frequent and thorough hand washing, social distancing, and other much-talked-about tips), is to strengthen your immune system.
Let’s take a look at some foods to help build up your immune system—naturally!
The acai berry is rich in anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants. These combat oxidative stress in your body by getting rid of free radicals. In effect, these antioxidants boost your immunity and lower inflammation in the body. Have fun with the acai berries as smoothies or juice, or enjoy them with granola!
Definitely eat those button mushrooms! These mushrooms contain an abundant amount of selenium, along with B vitamins such as niacin and riboflavin. These help keep your immune top fighting shape. Draw out the flavorful richness of mushrooms by grilling, sautéing, or roasting them. You can add them to your omelets, salads, soups, or burgers as well!
Yogurt contains an ample amount of probiotics, specifically Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus, and Bifidus. These probiotic strains bolster your body’s immune function and help manage colds. With its ability to help with your immunity, digestion, and detoxification, yogurt is a pretty formidable ally. Enjoy it plain, or add some berries, nuts, and a bit of honey and you’re good to go!
Ginger isn’t just a great spice for your favorite dish or a quick remedy for vomiting or nausea. The ginger root is also a superior source of antioxidants. Use natural ginger roots to make tea as these work best!
Pump up your antioxidants with sliced ripe watermelon! A pretty solid immunity booster, this low-calorie fruit contains potassium, vitamin A and C, vitamin B6, and glutathione. All these rev up your body’s immune function. Aside from eating them freshly sliced, you can also create a watermelon salad topped with honey, lemon, and mint. Or you can indulge in a watermelon lemonade with a strawberry or two. Whichever you choose will help strengthen your immune system to help fight infection.
Like the acai berry, the elderberry fruit is packed with hard-hitting antioxidants that help protect you against inflammation. Elderberry extracts have anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral properties. Elderberry syrup is taken as a popular remedy for flu, colds, and sinus infections. The elderberry can be consumed as syrup, wine, jam, and used in pies.
Disclaimer: This blog is intended for informational purposes only. It should not be taken as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. We also always recommend consulting your doctor or health professional prior to starting any new supplement.