Flu season is among us and keeping our immune system strong is our only defense. Besides good nutrition, which I know you all follow because you read my posts to keep you healthy, here are a few tips that can help boost your immune system to get through this flu season:
•GRAPEFRUITS - and other citrus fruits are all rich in vitamin C. This vitamin inactivates histamine, the substance responsible for your runny nose and congestion, and helps reduce the inflammation that accompanies colds and viruses.
•GREENS - such as kale, spinach, and Swiss chard are immune-boosting foods that also contain high levels of vitamin C, which not only packs a powerful antioxidant punch, helps to fight off infection and regenerate other antioxidants in the body, including vitamin E. They also contain folate, another immune booster.
•CINAMMON - is an antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial machine, so it does more than just boost the immune system — it actually fights the pathogens that cause illness. Bonus CINNAMON is a fat burner too.
•GARLIC and ONIONS - contain compounds that rev up the activity of immune-system cells called natural killer cells and T-helper cells.
•WATER - Dehydration can also lower your defenses. Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water and other fluids every day. And if you’re already sick, double that.
And of course…
•CHICKEN SOUP - blocks the migration of inflammatory white cells, which engulf troublesome bacteria. The amino acid cysteine, released from chicken during cooking, chemically resembles the bronchitis drug acetylcysteine and the soup’s salty broth keeps mucus thin the same way cough medicines do. This might explain why we always feel better after mom’s soup, or maybe just because she made it with LOVE.
Eat smart and Feel great !
In peace, health & with much love
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer