Boosting our immune function before we feel signs of a cold or viral infection is critical. In this age of unprecedented illness, such as Covid19, we do well to make it a daily priority to boost our immune functions.
Our immune system is responsible for removing excess fluids from body tissue, absorbing fatty acids, and forming new white cells which fight off pathogens when we are sick. It drains of bodies of toxins and unwanted antibiotics found in processed foods.
Here is a quick list of helpers:
Citrus Fruit are loaded with Vitamin-C which aides in the production of white blood cells.
Garlic's fiber content feeds your good gut bacteria, which boost your immune function. Garlic also acts as an anti-microbial agent as well as an anti-fungal.
Red Bell Peppers
We usually turn to citrus fruits like oranges for Vitamin-C, however red bell peppers actually contain double the amount.
One of the best foods for digestive health, ginger aids in protecting your immune system.
Blueberries are made up of a flavonoid compound called anthocyanin which gives them their blue tint and antioxidant composition. This also supports a healthy immune system.
The anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin are second to none. Inflammation occurs when your immune system is overworking itself. When your body is chronically inflamed, it essentially means your immune system is in constant ‘fight or flight’.
Packed with vitamins A, C, and E, broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables you can put on your plate.
Next time you feel sickness coming on, grab a bottle of elderberry extract. Similar to blueberries, the flavonoids found in elderberry have been shown to reduce the duration of sickness by up to 3 days!
Manuka honey has antiviral properties that may help treat ailments, including irritable bowel syndrome, gastric ulcers, and upper respiratory infections.
Spinach is packed with Vitamin C, antioxidants, and beta carotene that will keep your body healthy and happy.
Astragalus root is an adaptogen used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a remedy for a large number of conditions. The most extensively researched benefits of astragalus a
Acts as an anti-inflammatory
Boosts the immune system
Slows or prevents the growth of tumors
Protects the cardiovascular system
Regulates and prevents diabetes and illnesses related to diabetes
Contains antioxidative and anti-aging capabilities
Aids in wound healing and minimizes scarring
Alleviates symptoms of chemotherapy
Treats colds and flu
Provides supplemental therapy for chronic asthma
Ashwagandha is a plant. The root and berry are used to make medicine. It's many uses vary from the treatment of arthritis, anxiety and bipolar disorder, to reducing the side effects of medications used to treat cancer and schizophrenia. Ashwagandha is also used to reduce levels of fat and sugar in the blood. Most importantly for this subject, ashwagandha is also used as an "adaptogen" to help the body cope with daily stress, and as a general tonic. The effectiveness ratings for ASHWAGANDHA are as follows: Possibly effective for...
Stress. Taking a specific ashwagandha root extract (KSM66, Ixoreal Biomed) 300 mg twice daily after food for 60 days appears to improve symptoms of stress.
Anxiety. Some clinical research shows that taking ashwagandha can reduce some symptoms of anxiety or anxious mood.
Altering immune system function.
Preventing the signs of aging.
Adding Omega-3 Fatty Acids can boost your skin's defenses against UV damage. A good source of omega-3 fatty acids can be found in oily fish, such a salmon.
In 2012 an examination of 16 controlled studies found that consuming 0.45-4.5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids per day led to notable improvements in arterial function. Salmon is also rich in some essential minerals like iron, calcium, selenium, and phosphorus, as well as vitamins like A, B, and D. The selenium found in salmon is necessary for the metabolism of tissue, hair and nails. Wild caught salmon is the healthiest salmon by far. But by all means please add ANY salmon to your diet. It is essential in building a robust immune system.
Source: MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine