As it gets colder out, we may end up spending more time in – with colds, flu symptoms and/or sniffling noses. Some of us expect this as the norm. But… We can incorporate preventive measures! Besides washing our hands, all the time, here are 6 immune-boosting foods that can help you stay well all winter long.
Who doesn’t love garlic!? It’s so flavorful! And, when you crush garlic, it produces a compound called allicin, which has strong anti-bacterial properties and boosts your immune response. Eat it shortly after you crush it for maximum beneﬁts.
Matcha contains exceptionally high levels of antioxidants to help your body ﬁght off disease-causing free radical compounds, boost the function of your immune cells, and decrease inﬂammation. So if you do get sick, matcha can help alleviate symptoms. Matcha also contains antimicrobial properties that can ﬁght off any invading pathogens (viruses and bacteria).
The billions of good bacteria in your body are a defense system. However, when we get sick the population of good bacteria decreases. So pathogenic bacteria now have space to invade, causing infection and inﬂammation. Eating probiotics restores this defense system. Examples: Yogurt, kimchi, keﬁr, sauerkraut, kombucha, and tempeh.
Cinnamon is a powerful spice rich in immune-boosting antioxidants. It also has anti-inﬂammatory properties!
Ginger is useful in relieving nausea and digestive issues, it contains potent anti-microbial properties, and a powerful compound known as gingerol, which has anti-inﬂammatory and antioxidant properties.
Acai berries, fresh, powder or frozen, contain an extremely high number of antioxidants and are one of the most effective free-radical ﬁghting foods on the planet. They’re also high in ﬁber.
Jennifer Castro is a Health Educator & Patient Advocate who specializes in Women's Health & Vestibular Disorders. Coach Jenny is working towards becoming Board Certified while working as an Instructional Team Member for the College of Health Solutions at ASU. She also works as an Insurance Broker providing insurance solutions for small business & office settings, employee benefits and workplace wellness options
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