- Food is medicine but all foods are not created equal.
- Feeding your body certain foods help keep your immune system strong.
- Plan your meals to include these 5 easy to find foods/drinks.
We’ve heard that food is medicine, but what you may not know is that all foods are not created equal. Some foods work as antioxidants, while others function as energy providers and others as bodybuilders among many other roles. Today, we turn our focus on foods that help boost our immune system.
It’s been advised countless times during this COVID-19 outbreak to eat immune-boosting foods that will help fight against cold among other preventive measures.
With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, most people have gone from rolling their eyes anytime they’re told to replace that fast food with a fruit or vegetable or both to actually going out of their way to stock up on fruits and veggies.
We’ve heard that food is medicine, but what you may not know is that all foods are not created equal.
How the world can change in the snap of a finger. And with that change goes our dietary preferences, which you can blame on survival instincts. Hey, ain’t nobody trying to die young. This is the time we need to start taking notes from veteran vegans and workout enthusiasts.
Here are 5 handy immune-boosting foods to add to your diet…
If you love mushrooms, keep eating them – you’re doing well. Mushrooms are stuffed with vitamins, minerals, and polysaccharides that help boost your immunity. Mushrooms can be prepared in different yummy ways and our best bet are sautéed mushrooms. Don’t take our word for it, you just might like it as toppings or in a soup.
#2. Eat fruits and vegetables
This is the most obvious of them all. Fruits and vegetables are super rich in vitamins and antioxidants that fight free radicals helping cell buildup. Consume fruits high in Vitamin C (citrus fruits) like oranges, grapefruit, kiwi, and papaya (pawpaw) to boost your immunity this season. Berries are also highly recommended as they come packed with antioxidants. for toddlers, cancer patients
Red bell peppers, broccoli, garlic, ginger, spinach, turmeric are examples of antioxidants and vitamin-rich foods you should add to your daily diet.
The key here is to be careful as there are so many things being sold and labeled as yogurt which really are not. Opt for Greek yogurt, which is high in probiotics, which the body needs to fight off ingested toxins. Yogurt helps protect the organs from being infected by harmful microorganisms as it comes packed with “good bacteria” which fight off the bad bacteria.
#4. Chicken soup
Mother knows best! Remember when the hot and spicy chicken soup was used to get rid of the flu? The chicken provides the necessary protein needed to boost your immunity and repair worn out tissues. The soup contains water which hydrates the body and flushes out toxins and decongests the nasal cavity, while the pepper seasoning also contains Vitamin C which boosts your immunity. Such yummy medicine! foods that boost immunity against the cold for men and women
#5. Zobo drink (Hibiscus tea)
If this name doesn’t ring a bell then you probably know it as hibiscus tea. Asides from the hibiscus leaf, this drink is prepared with a considerable amount of garlic and ginger. Zobo (Hibiscus tea) is packed with Vitamin C and has antibacterial properties and even treats depression in its early stage. The allicin present in garlic will help boost your immunity while ginger aids in fighting viral infections like the flu and lowering cholesterol in the body. Aside from being medicinal, it’s a very tasty drink. We like to call it happiness in a cup.
It is important that we watch our diet and overall lifestyle. Optimize this lockdown by resting a lot, eating right, working out, and re-strategizing life goals.
Eat right and stay safe.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold in real-time, we are committed to giving you the latest information at the time of publishing. However, please refer to the CDC and WHO for at-the-moment updates as guidelines change by the minute.
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