The sudden transitions from cold breezy one to hot humid weather can give us more than just mood swings. This is a time most of us seem to catch a plethora of diseases.
It takes more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away. It turns out that eating some pretty surprising nutrients will help keep your immune system on guard. You can ensure your body and immunity run smoothly by rounding out your plate with plenty of colorful servings of fruits and veggies, plus 8 to 10 glasses of water a day, at the very least. The following ingredients can add extra flu-fighting punch to your meal plan:
Probiotics, or the “live active cultures” found in yogurt, are healthy bacteria that keep the gut and intestinal tract free of disease-causing germs. Plain varieties (which you can flavor with cinnamon and fresh fruit) are your best bets, but anything with less than 8 total grams of sugar is still a wholesome option.
Garlics don’t just keep vampires away! This potent onion relative contains the active ingredient allicin, which fights infection and bacteria. Studies suggest that garlic lovers who chew more than six cloves a week have a 30% lower rate of colorectal cancer and a 50% lower rate of stomach cancer. You can add crushed garlic to your cooking several times a week.
The amino acid cysteine, released from chicken during cooking, chemically resembles the bronchitis drug acetylcysteine, which may explain the results. The soup’s salty broth keeps mucus thin the same way cough medicines do. Added spices, such as garlic and onions, can increase soup’s immune-boosting power.
Orange Fruits And Veggies
You may not think of skin as part of your immune system. But this crucial organ, covering an impressive 16 square feet, serves as a first-line fortress against bacteria, viruses, and other undesirables. To stay strong and healthy, your skin needs vitamin A. Vitamin A plays a major role in the production of connective tissue, a key component of skin. One of the best ways to get vitamin A into your diet is from foods containing beta-carotene, like sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, canned pumpkin, and cantaloupe.