With the current state of the environment and many states on lockdown due to the spread of the Coronavirus, it’s a great time to look at ways to boost your immune system naturally. We’re sharing tips on how to boost your immune system with foods you most likely have in your fridge or pantry. Making these a habit can benefit your health longterm.
How to Boost Your Immune System with Foods
Many foods can help with boosting your immune system, so it’s important to include a variety of them in your diet. Just because certain foods help boost your immune system doesn’t mean you should eat excessive amounts of it, but it does mean you should include it regularly in your diet where possible.
Here are some of the best foods that you can eat in order to boost your immune system:
Oranges and lemons
Starting your day with a cup of warm water with squeezed lemon is the best way to cleanse your system. In addition to cleansing your system, lemon water has other benefits like promoting hydration, improving skin quality, and preventing kidney stones.
Snacking on oranges and satsumas will help you to get the vitamin C that you need, which helps to strengthen your immune system. There are many ways to incorporate these foods into your diet, including adding lemon juice to salads and vegetables.
Here’s an immune-boosting recipe to try: Vibrant Orange And Arugula Salad by Cookie And Kate for a healthy lunch.
Garlic and ginger
Add some ginger juice to hot water with lemon, crush some garlic and add it to roasted vegetables, or regularly include both of these ingredients in curries or a mixed vegetable stir fry. Not only do they add some great flavors, but they’re helping to boost your immune system too.
I’ve touched on the wonderful benefits of ginger in this article, including a Ginger Lime Spritzer Recipe. Be sure to check it out!
I recommend this delicious Ginger Chicken Stir Fry from Little Spice Ginger for a healthy (and spicy) meal.
Spinach and other leafy greens
If you were constantly being told as a child that you should eat all the green vegetables on your plate, there are good reasons why! Spinach is packed with vitamin C and iron, both of which help your immune system and give you more energy.
Spinach and other leafy greens are also full of antioxidants that help limit damage to your body and balance out the free radicals which could contribute to the development of cancers and other diseases.
A Mindful Mom shows a quick way to sauté spinach with garlic for a quick side dish.
Looking for a healthy snack? A small handful of almonds each day can help your body to fight against colds, the flu, and other illnesses. They contain plenty of vitamin E which has antioxidants to help your body stay healthy.
Iron and protein also found in almonds help to strengthen your immune system, while the vitamin E aids its effective functioning.
This carmelized berry oats breakfast is packed with almond goodness including almond milk and nuts. You will love this recipe!
Tomatoes are an anti-inflammatory food, so they provide many benefits in addition to helping your immune system to become stronger. They contain both vitamins C and E which are two of the most important vitamins for helping your immune system function as effectively as it possibly can.
It also provides beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A once in the body. This combination of vitamins makes tomatoes a great food for your overall health and immune system.
For a little something special, Five Heart Home shows you how to marinate sliced tomatoes to elevate them to a new level of deliciousness.