Now that the cold and flu season is right around the corner, it seems that everywhere you go, you run into someone sneezing! How can you boost your immunity so you can stay healthy this autumn and winter? Getting sick is not only uncomfortable, but it also impacts your productivity, your energy levels and even your relationship (did you ever get snappy because you had a sore throat or a headache?).
If you already have kids, I’m sure you know how hard it is not to get sick from those little slimy hands – they are like petri dishes on legs! Did you know that on average, school-age kids experience eight to ten colds a year?!!
Luckily, there are some easy ways to strengthen your immune system by adding some common yet nutritious foods to your diet. They have high immunity-boosting nutrients (e.g. Vitamins A, B, and C, Zinc), anti-viral and/or anti-bacterial properties:
- Raw Sauerkraut – probiotics help strengthen the immune system.
- Pumpkin Seeds – high in zinc and omega-3, both essential for a healthy immune system.
- Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, especially carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, tomatoes – they are rich in beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A.
- Turmeric – one of the best anti-inflammatory, anti-viral spices.
- Ginger – has anti-inflammatory properties.
- Garlic – has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.
- Lentils & Beans – good source of B vitamins and protein.
- Raw (local) Honey – has anti-viral properties.
- Chamomile tea – has anti-bacterial and relaxing properties.
- Mushrooms (maitake, reishi, shiitake) – elevate flu-fighting agents.
Bonus tips: Avoid sugar and alcohol, both of which weaken your immune system.
Do YOU have tips on how to naturally boost your immunity? Then share them with us in the comments below.