6 Super Foods that Fortify your Immune System

 

It’s that time of year again—cold and flu season.  With chillier weather comes sniffles, sneezes, fevers and sore throats.  As hard as we may try, in cramped office spaces it’s difficult to avoid getting sick.  Are you looking for a little extra protection from the common cold or flu bug this year?  The old saying “you are what you eat” doesn’t just apply to dieting…it means that what you eat could keep you away from the doctor’s office.

 

Here are 6 foods that are great for boosting your immunity.  Eat them alone or add them to your daily meals.  Here’s to your health! Bon appétit!

 

Sweet Potato:

The power of sweet potatoes is found in their high amounts of the antioxidant beta-carotene and Vitamin A.  Beta-carotene eats up damaging free radicals in the body.


Garlic:

Garlic breath is great at keeping people away but it also keeps the cold away! Add garlic to foods when you cook for an added immunity boost. Garlic is packed with antioxidants but to fully activate its immune- strengthening enzymes let the garlic sit for 15 minutes after you chop it.

 

Broccoli:

This veggie packs a powerful punch for immunity.  Full of Vitamins A, C and glutathione, Broccoli is great for keeping you healthy.  Broccoli also makes a convenient snack and is easy to incorporate in your meals.

Almonds:

 How can a handful of almonds help you fight off colds? Almonds have key stress-fighting ingredients such as Vitamin E, riboflavin and niacin. Stress is a big factor in making your body more susceptible to illness.

 

Watermelon:

Watermelon holds strong immunity boosting powers.  Not only is it super-hydrating, it contains the antioxidant Gluthathiane.  This antioxidant is known for its ability to fight infections.

 

Tea:

Both green and black teas are loaded with polyphenols and flavonoids which are excellent at fighting disease.  Doesn’t matter if you drink caffeinated or decaf; both offer the same illness-resistant power!

 

 

 

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