Flu season started early this year, with swine flu quickly asserting itself as the dominant strain (it’s a bad one folks!). Experts are encouraging everyone to get the flu vaccine this year (which they do every year), but I know there are quite a few people who won’t. If you’re not keen on the flu shot, then you’ll need to boost your immunity every way you can. Get enough sleep, get enough sun, and get enough of these five superfoods.
Catch some Catechins with Green Tea
Catechins are specific antioxidants that help prevent viruses – and reduce sick time if you’ve caught a bug already. Green tea is one of the best sources, but also cocoa, blackberries, raspberries, cherries, apples and pears.
Guard Yourself with Garlic
Studies have shown that when people take a garlic supplement for at least 12 weeks, they caught fewer colds – which may be because no one wanted to go near them! All jokes aside, garlic does have potent antioxidants and antimicrobial and anti-bacterial properties. The Flu, however, is a virus, and won’t be affected with antibiotics. However- garlic is also high in Vitamin C, which boosts the immune system no matter what your body is fighting.
Savor the Immune System Boost from Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes aren’t just high in vitamin C, but also in vitamin A – which supports mucus membranes, like those in your nose and throat. These membranes are your first line of defense against bacteria and invading viruses, so when your diet strengthens them, you’ll stay healthier.
Support the 70 Percent
Seventy percent of your immune system is in your gut, and the best way to support your health there is through the probiotics found in yogurt, tempeh, miso, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi.
Curb Illness with Herbs
Ginger, Garlic, Turmeric, and Chili are a powerful combination. Ginger, Chili and Turmeric are anti-inflammatory, while Garlic has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. They can all be found in vegetable-packed Chinese food (time for a stir-fry!) and Indian recipes.
Come by Intelligent Gourmet and ask us to whip up an immune-system-boosting juice just for you! There’s no better way to help your body fight off infection than by helping it heal itself through food!