The natural way is always the best way. So when it comes to boosting your immune system, don’t go for the pharmaceutical option. The best option is to feed your immune system with the natural equivalent: foods and herbal supplements. Here are the 9 best immune boosting foods and supplements to consider in this pandemic era.
Best Immune Boosting Foods You Should Eat
In strengthening the immune system, Vitamin C is a superstar. Citrus fruits are refreshing to eat, delicious, and beneficial to your immune system. Citrus fruits contain lots of antioxidants which fight against free radicals which in turn is the cause of premature aging and low immune system.
But of course, aside from citrus fruits which are sour and tangy, other fruits like papaya, mangoes, as well as tomato is also filled with Vitamin C. Citrus fruits, especially when eaten chilled during warm days are a delight.
So you can simply satisfy your sweet tooth naturally, while at the same time boosting your immune system as well. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone.
This is one of the oldest types of food in civilization. In fact, this was used as medicine in olden times. It has a number of medicinal properties, and is best known to fight against infections, especially from viruses, bacteria, and fungi.
And as ironic as it sounds, it also soothes sore throats. Unlike sugar, honey doesn’t irritate the throat. And honey is the only sweetener that can be taken by diabetics as it doesn’t increase blood sugar levels.
Honey is something you can actually enjoy daily. You can add some honey with a bit of lemon juice to chilled fresh fruits, or you can drink a cup of lemon juice, mixed with warm water, and a tablespoon of honey.
Although most people know mushrooms as pizza toppings, stuff in soup, and such, it is actually very good for the immune system. It increases the body’s production of cytokines, or otherwise known as white blood cells, which are the cells that aid in the fighting off of infections.
And it also has polysaccharides – elements that aid the immune system. So when it comes to eating mushrooms to boost your immune system, go for the shitake, reishi, and maitake varieties.
They not only taste great, but they are the varieties that are packed with the compounds that make mushrooms a potent flu-fighting natural food.
Though ginger is considered an herb more often than a food, this amazing little root can go a long way toward soothing a sick stomach. In fact, (from firsthand experience) fresh ginger root is the best anti-nausea herb on the planet. Try adding slices of fresh ginger to soup or brew them with your tea when you’re sick to calm your stomach and help restore your appetite.
If you like the taste of ginger, you can also chew on a fresh slice by itself to beat nausea even faster. Also worth noting is that while fresh ginger root works great to eliminate nausea, the dried herb doesn’t have nearly the same effect. Reach for the fresh root whenever possible.
This cold and flu season staple not only provides your body with needed fluids to help fight off infection. The combination of vegetables, proteins, and fats in chicken soup also have an anti-inflammatory effect which can help to clear congestion, reduce swelling in the throat, and ease many of the other symptoms that come with viral illnesses. While making homemade chicken soup gives you more control over the ingredients, researchers report that even commercial chicken soups are very effective.
Yogurt is another excellent anti-viral food that is fairly easy on the digestion. Yogurt also offers a healthy dose of protein, vitamins, and minerals. For maximum healing power without all of the hormones and other contaminants found in many commercial dairy products, opt for high-quality organic yogurt with no added sugar then adding honey or Stevia to taste.
Just keep in mind that milk products tend to stimulate the production of phlegm. If you have soreness and inflammation in your throat, you’ll probably want to try the other healing foods on our list first.
Not only is cocoa full of healing antioxidants, it also contains a compound called theobromine which works wonders to calm a cough by relaxing the vagus nerve. So indulge yourself in a daily dose of dark chocolate (you have a legitimate excuse!) Just be sure to choose an organic product with cocoa content of 70% or more for maximum cough relief and antioxidant power.
Bananas are food #1 on the “BRAT”diet – an eating plan developed for the sole purpose of recovering from an upset stomach. Raw bananas are loaded with calories which you sorely need if you haven’t been eating due to lack of appetite or if diarrhea is one of your flu symptoms.
Bananas also offer a modest amount of Vitamins C and B6 which are great for the immune system, as well as potassium and several other minerals that will help you regain your strength and fight off sickness.
The “A” food and #3 on the “BRAT”diet are apples and applesauce. You’ve probably heard the old adage that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. This saying is popular for a good reason. Apples offer a lot of easily-digested nutrients that boost the immune system and they’re soothing enough on a sore stomach that you can still eat them when you’re sick.
Remember, if you have a sore throat, you can still get your apple-a-day from a glass of 100% organic unfiltered apple juice! I recommend Goli ACV Gummies which can be purchased through the official website.