While we are all looking for ways to keep ourselves occupied at home, there is another essential activity that we should focus on – helping our immune system.
It is vital during this time to ensure that we are in optimal oral health and overall health. We can ensure oral health by practicing regular brushing and flossing at least twice daily. However, for overall health, we should focus on regular exercise and our diet. Let’s take a look at some foods that are easy to incorporate into your diet, and come with great immune-boosting benefits.
Foods That Boost Your Immune System
Blueberries – they contain anthocyanin, which is a type of flavonoid that has antioxidant properties which help to boost your immune system. Flavonoids also play a role in the immune defence of the respiratory tract.
Studies show that people who regularly eat foods rich in flavonoids are less likely to contract the common cold & upper respiratory tract infections than those who did not consume them.
Dark Chocolate – this is an accessible food item to include in most people’s diets, but you have to be careful when choosing dark chocolate. Choose dark chocolate with a high percentage of chocolate and low sugar content. Choose dark chocolate that has a 75% content or higher. Remember to always rinse your mouth out after consuming chocolate due to its sugary nature. Dark chocolate contains an antioxidant that may boost the immune system by protecting your body’s cells from free radicals that damage the body’s cells.
Broccoli – contains powerful antioxidants to support your immune system. It contains both Vitamin C and the antioxidant sulforaphane.
Sweet potatoes – sweet potatoes contain beta carotene, which is a type of antioxidant that helps protect skin against ultraviolet rays. It is also a good source of Vitamin A.
Spinach – spinach is a powerhouse that contains flavonoids, carotenoids, and Vitamin E & C that help to prevent the common cold.
Ginger – did you know that ginger has anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties? Try drinking some ginger tea, but stay away from ginger flavoured soft drinks.
Green Tea – if you are looking to cut back on your coffee consumption, consider trying green tea. It contains lower levels of caffeine and contains flavonoids, which can help to reduce your risk of getting a cold and help to boost your immune system.
Garlic – garlic contains allicin, a sulphur-containing compound that helps boost your immune system. It’s no wonder that so many cultures use garlic in their diets.
As always, remember to consult with your doctor or dietitian before making any significant dietary changes, and pay attention to any food allergies you may have.