Now that it is getting cooler outside and the common cold is beginning to spread it is especially important to keep your immune system healthy and ready to fight anything that wants to attack.
Maintaining a healthy immune system means you are helping prevent infections and germs from invading your lymph nodes, cells and organs. A healthy fuctioning immune system also aids in warding off digestive complications, fatigue, allergies, and horrible illnesses such as cancer.
Weather change is not the only issue that can contribute to a weakened immune system. Lack of sleep, emotional stress, the use of too many antibiotics, lack of exercise, overexposure to toxins from the environment as well as a poor diet and hygiene are also contibutors to a weakened immune system.
Luckily, you can help boost your immune system by dedicating yourself to a healthy lifestyle eating habit.
Foods That Boost Your Immune System
Probiotic Yogart or Kefir – Eating probiotic yogarts daily helps with the development of white blood cells which help decrease the possibility and/or duration of infections.
Tumeric – I love this stuff! I add it to eggs, chicken, potatoes as well as warm water with cinnamon and honey for a comforting, healthy tea. Tumeric aids in the resistance to infections.
Garlic – Look here for the very important reasons why garlic should be a staple in your life. Try to eat 2 – 3 raw cloves (either whole or minced on food) a day to receive immunity boosting benefits.
Green Tea – Green tea is filled with antioxidants to help fight free-radical damage. Aim to drink 3 cups a day. More reasons here to drink this powerful tea!
Ginger – Ginger is good for blood circulation as well as having the ability to break down toxins gathered in the body. Eat it whole, crushed in food or drink it as a tea at least once a day to help boost your immunity.
Lemons – Squeeze that lemon over your food or into a cup of warm water for your body to absorb the vitamin C it needs to fight off infections. Want to learn more about the benefits of lemon water? Read this!
Cranberries – Cranberries are known to have great and powerful antioxidant, antiviral and anticancer properties…need I say more!?
Mushrooms – Mushrooms are rich in fiber, B vitamins, calcium and vitamin C to name a few, which all help maintain a healthy immune system.
Raw Broccoli – This is one of the healthiest vegetables for your body because it is loaded with vitamins and minerals that have the power to fight off infection. Cooking broccoli can take away its super powers, so it is best to eat it raw.
Citrus – This is something you want to eat daily whether you have a cold or not to keep your immune system tip-top. Vitamin C increases white blood cell production which keeps infections at bay.
Hot Liquid Chicken Soup – The hot liquid from this soup clears nasal passages and kills off bad bacteria.
Carrots – The beta-carotene in carrots helps support the respiratory and intestinal tract making it more difficult for bad bacteria to enter the bloodstream.
So there you have it! Try out your local Farmers Market or go straight to the produce section of your food store and take this list with you. Try out different recipes or eat them as is. Just make sure to keep a healthy eating habit so you can keep a healthy immune system.
I know garlic is not typically a saught after food because it has a very destinctive taste (which I happen to love). It can also leave you with an after taste that may not be the most desireable on date night…just giving you a heads up. However, it has so many healing properties in it. “3 cloves of garlic have the same antibacterial activity as a standard dose of penicillin.” – Joe Robinson That is just one amazing quality of garlic.
Benefits of Fresh Garlic
I am going to dive right in and tell you why you should consume fresh garlic on a daily basis.
Boosts immune system
Cold and flu reducer
Aids in digestion
Reduce heart attacks and strokes
Breaks down blood clots
Blood pressure management
Regulates blood sugar levels
Helps with respiratory problems
Reduces fat in the liver
Raises energy levels
Good for diabetes
Helps relieve allergies
Helps with chronic bronchitis
Rids of yeast infections
Phew! Need I say more on why you should eat this daily!?
How To Consume Garlic
Of course you can cook wth it but I like to crush it up and add it to a glass of warm water. You know, like a garlic tea. Yes, I actually do like this. Give it a try…you might just like it too! It has proven to be more beneficial to eat the cloves raw because there are more health benefits than eating it cooked. Allicin is the powerful factor of garlic we need for the magic to happen. Once you crush or cut the garlic, let it sit in the air for a bit before consuming to make sure you get the full benefits.
Start today. Eat a garlic clove a day! Stay healthy, be happy 🙂
I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I have been put on antibiotics throughout my life. So many infact that my body has become immune to some. Which I just learned that this does not necessarily happen in the individual, but in the bacteria themselves. Scary! Now, as I am getting older and realizing how important it is to be aware of what we put in and on our bodies I turn to these healthy foods first that act as my “natural” antibiotic. If you are feeling an illness or infection coming on, reach for these powerful food/herbs before reaching for the prescription drugs.
Foods To Live By
Garlic – has the abillity to both prevent infection and treat infection as it occurs. It also supports a strong immune system because it is high in natural antioxidants that destroy free radicals.
Ginger – has an antibacterial effect and can help fight drug-resistant fungi. It also has anti-inflammatory benefits, is good for heart health, boosts immune system and is anti cancer.
Tumeric – has antibiotic and antioxidant benefits. It has been known to help with indigestion, stomach ulcers, heart disease as well as viral and bacterial infections.
Honey – can be used topically (for skin infections) or ingested for prevention and treatment of infections. It is also used as an antiseptic, helps maintain blood sugar levels and regulates insulin in the body.
Cinnamon – has been shown that it can fight off several anibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. It is a high source of antioxidants, fights diabetes, helps fight against cognitive decline and protects brain function, helps with the battle of allergies and may help lower cancer risk.
Coconut oil – (organic, unrefined) not only is it amazing for your mouth, skin and hair but it contains caprylic acid which has anti-microbial properties that aid in killing yeast and candida. Coconut oil also destroys bad bacteria, promotes growth of probiotics and kills parasites.
Oil of oregano – This magical oil has been proven to reverse or reduce fungal infections, viruses, candida, allergies, bacterial infections, parasites, inflammation and tumors.
Apple cider vinegar – is a natural bacteria fighting agent. It also heals a sore throat, treats insect bites, cures acid reflux and heartburn.
Green tea – is a powerful, natural antioxidant that strengthens the immune system and protcts the kidneys.
Lemon – is filled with vitamin c therefore, it works wonders for getting rid of the common cold. It also balances blood sugar levels and pH levels, detoxifies, treats and prevents kidney stones and fights cancer cells.
Try to incorporate this list of 10 very important, natural antibiotics that Mother Nature provides us with into your diet. Your body will thank you. I hope this post finds you happy and healthy!
Please share with the rest of us (in the comments below) which foods you swear by to maintain a healthy life.