No one likes being sick. Fortunately, catching a cold is quite preventable. All you need is a strong and healthy immune system, which can be easily created in your kitchen. Add the following foods to your grocery list, and be sure to eat them regularly throughout the flu season!
● Citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes).
You probably know that citrus fruits are high in immune system-boosting vitamin C. But it’s a myth that you should take vitamin C when you’re already sick. The body doesn’t store vitamin C so you should be getting a daily dose for prevention, even when you’re feeling perfectly healthy.
They’re not quite citrus fruits, though they share the same tangy but sweet flavor and high vitamin C content. They’re also high in vitamin K, potassium, and folate.
● Red bell peppers.
Peppers are another excellent source of vitamin C. They actually contain more vitamin C than the average citrus fruit! They’re also high in beta carotene, which is great for maintaining healthy eyes and skin.
It’s great for flavor and health. People have been using it for centuries as a cure for illness. Besides being great for the immune system, garlic also helps to lower blood pressure.
There’s a reason we’ve always been told to eat our greens! This leafy vegetable is full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fibre and will be sure to help you keep the cold at bay.
Here’s another leafy green that’s great for you. Spinach is a great source of vitamin C, vitamin A, beta carotene, and antioxidants. Plus it’s a very easy addition to salads and sandwiches.
This is often an ingredient in wellness teas. Coincidence? We think not. This zingy yet versatile plant has also been relied on as a treatment for illness for centuries. Plus it tastes equally well in desserts as it does in savoury dishes like stir fries and soups.
This tropical delight is another vitamin C-rich fruit. It also contains folate, potassium, and B vitamins which are all essential to good overall health.
● Green tea.
It’s rich in immune-boosting antioxidants and amino acids. Starting your morning with a cup of green tea will do your body and mind good. Green tea still contains caffeine so it will give you the kick you need.
● Greek yogurt/kefir.
Yogurt that contains live active cultures will stimulate your immune system while aiding with digestion. Greek yogurt is usually a safe bet, but kefir actually the better source as it has a higher concentration of live active cultures.
Stay warm and healthy this winter by sticking to a smart diet.