Updated: May 10
In these confinement and pandemic times, we hear a lot about how to avoid getting the virus through frequent hand-washing and social distancing, but what about ways to boost our immunity? Eating the right kind of food is a great way to stay healthy and protect your body. Here below is a list of foods that can help you boost your immunity and feel stronger.
When people have a cold they mostly turn to vitamin C because it is known to boost our immunity through the increased production of white blood cells which help fight infections. This vitamin cannot be produced by your body naturally so that is the reason why you need to consume it daily to fill your tank. The most popular ones are grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, lemons, limes, and clementines.
As you can see, there is a lot to choose from so no excuse. You can start your day with lime or lemon juice with warm water, which also helps keep your skin hydrated and glowing. You can also have it in your breakfast smoothie or as a snack.
Broccoli is one of my favorite vegetables so I was happy to learn that besides it being tasty it is also packed with vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, C, and E, as well as many other antioxidants and fiber. The best way to eat it is slightly cooked, steamed or even raw for those who like it raw 😜. I love to have it for lunch in a delicious Asian stir-fry dish😋
Ginger is another one of my favorite ingredients. I like it in my tea, in my stir-fried dishes or in my soup recipes to give it an extra kick. Most people might only turn to ginger when they are sick or feel nauseous. This amazing spice is known to help decrease inflammation, such as reducing a sore throat and other inflammatory illnesses. Besides boosting your immunity it is also great for dealing with nausea, especially morning sickness.
Turmeric is another spice that sometimes is mistaken for ginger. Most people know it in its powder form as the main spice used in curries. It has a bright yellow color and is also known as an anti-inflammatory and can help decrease exercise-induced muscle damage.
Papaya is another fruit that is loaded with vitamin C and known for its anti-inflammatory effects. This superfruit contains 224 percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C in one single papaya. Besides the high amount of vitamin C, it also contains potassium, B vitamins, and folate.
Eating these vegetables, fruits, and spices is a great way to boost your immunity but let's be honest. How many of us eat the recommended number of fruits and vegetables?
A healthy way to bridge the gap is to add supplements to your daily diet. There are various supplements on the market and people have different opinions about them. I have found a healthy, vegan, and Non-GMO version that contains 30 kinds of fruits, vegetables, and berries. These capsules give you all the phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals you need and are a great way to make sure you take in the recommended amount daily.
Curious to find out more and try them for yourself? Check out our affiliate website for more information on how you can add these into your daily diet to boost your immunity and stay healthy.
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Written by Rosemary, founder of Shetribe a sisterhood community focussed on helping women of color live holistically.