There has been a renewed focus on staying healthy and keeping your immune system in fighting shape; and rightly so. Especially now, it makes sense to do everything you can to strong and fit.
One of the best ways to boost your immune system is to feed your body certain “fighting foods”. You may find it surprising that one great way to prevent colds and flu, is a simple trip to the grocery store.
We’ve always known the sun can do great things for our skin, mood, and our vitamin D exposure, but how about a little sunshine in the form of food? Citrus fruits are a great source of vitamin C, and it’s no shock that we stock up on vitamin C when we’re sick. The reason we do this is that is vitamin C is great for boosting your immune system and thought to help increase the production of our white blood cells. White blood cells are known to be little soldiers in fighting infection.
Handily enough, almost all of the citrus fruit we eat are loaded with vitamin C. Thanks to the great variety of citrus fruit, it’s easy to find something you love, and squeeze every bit of vitamin C you can, out of it. Some of our favorites are Oranges, tangerines, clementines, grapefruit, lemons, and limes. Your body doesn’t produce, or store, vitamin C, so it is recommended that women consume about 75 mg of vitamin C each day and about 90 mg for men.
While citrus fruit is probably the most well-known source of vitamin C, veggies are right up there with citrus. In fact, red bell peppers contain nearly three times more vitamin C than a Florida orange, ounce for ounce. Red bell peppers are also a great source of beta carotene, which converts to vitamin A, to help keep your skin and eyes healthy.
When you were a kid, you didn’t hear “Eat your broccoli!” for nothing. Broccoli offers a mega-dose of vitamins and minerals. It’s stuffed with Vitamins E, C, and A, and offers lots of fiber, and antioxidants. It’s should come as no surprise that broccoli is one of the best veggies you can eat. The secret to getting the most out of broccoli is to cook it as little as you can. Even better, eat it raw! Research has shown that steaming veggies is the most effective way to maintain nutrients.
Garlic is a staple in just about every cuisine around the world. Not only does it add that special little zip to your food, but it is also great for your health. Garlic has been known to help fight infection since early civilization, and there’s also evidence that it can slow the hardening of arteries, and may even help lower blood pressure. Garlic’s super-power appears to come from a large concentration of compounds that contain sulfur; like allicin.
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