Top 5 Immune System Boosting Foods

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Five Immune-Boosting foods to try out. Photo/Shutterstock

What are some foods better than others in boosting your immune system?

In these days of epidemics, building one’s immune system seems to be a good thing. One way to do that is to watch what you eat. What are some foods better than others in boosting your immune system?

One is to have high levels of vitamin C in your diet to help your body produce more white blood cells. Secondly, other antioxidants in the diet should be high.

Finally, certain foods may help increase circulation, resulting in more immune system cells to move around the body.

  1. Citrus
  2. Colourful vegetables
  3. Chicken noodle soup
  4. Ginger, onion, garlic
  5. Water

Citrus

There’s a reason why orange juice is said to be good for a cold! This fruit and others like it (grapefruit, tangerines, lemons etc) are high in vitamin C.

Since your body does not naturally produce this vitamin, eating citrus is the best way to get the vitamin C you need. To get the full benefits from the citrus fruits, eat them whole instead of drinking the juice.

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If you drink juice, you can get fresh-pressed juice instead of the pre-bottle varieties.

Colourful vegetables

Tomatoes, red/orange/yellow/green bell peppers, broccoli and other colourful plants are packed with antioxidants.

Because plants spend more time sitting underneath sunlight photosynthesis, they have evolved to produce plenty of antioxidants to combat sun damage. When we eat these plants, our bodies use antioxidants to protect and repair cell damage.

When you are sick, your body works in overdrive to create cells and antibodies to fight the disease. Loading colourful vegetables will give your body the boost it needs.

Chicken noodle soup

This tried-and-true method of fixing the cold works! Chicken noodle soup helps spread neutrophils and makes them move faster.

These white blood cells play an important role in detecting and destroying infected cells and pathogens. So throw it away!

Ginger, onion, garlic

These stinky foods are great for increasing circulation and have anti-bacterial properties.

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Although your breath may stink for a while, ginger soup or other foods loaded with onions and garlic can help break down the flu or keep you warm from the cold.

This increase in circulation helps to move more white blood cells.

Water

When you drink water, it is immediately absorbed into your bloodstream. Your blood pressure rises and extra water is pumped through your kidneys.

If you take antidepressants and generally feel worse, drinking water can help toxin out the toxins and support cell function. You know, cells need water to get all the dissolved nutrients in them.

Without nutrients, your cells cannot produce antibodies and other immune chemicals. So when you are sick, make sure to stay hydrated.

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