Foods That Will Help You Boost Your Immune System
The global crisis that we are currently facing with the highly contagious COVID-19, we all want to do our part in keeping our families and ourselves safe. Apart from taking precautionary measures like social distancing, washing your hands frequently, avoid touching your face and covering your face with a napkin when you cough or sneeze, keeping our immune system strong by eating healthy also helps.
Feeding our body certain foods may help you boost your immune system . Micronutrients essential to fight infection include vitamins A, B, C, D, and E, and the minerals iron, selenium, and zinc. They might not prevent us from getting COVID-19 but even if you do contract it somehow, strong immune system will help you fight it.
Here's a look at five foods that our immune system needs to perform and keep us healthy in these trying times:
First thing that we turn to when we catch a cold is Vitamin C. It builds immune system and also increases the production of white blood cells. The best source of Vitamin C is citrus fruits. Popular citrus fruits are orange, lime, kiwi, broccoli, berries, tomato and capsicum.
Our body doesn't naturally produce or store Vitamin C. Therefore it is necessary to include these in our daily diet to build a healthy immune system.
Its time to forget about the stinky breath and hands. This superfood is a must-have to fight infections. It lowers blood pressure and prevents your arteries from clogging. Including garlic in your food is not difficult as it adds a zing to your food and makes it extra delicious.
Turmeric has gained a lot of popularity these days and has come to be known as the new age superfood. From turmeric lattes to adding it in your face packs, it is widely being used for its medicinal properties worldwide. As Indians, we are not unaware of turmeric. We have been using it in our foods almost daily if not more. This bright yellow, bitter spice has also been used for years as an anti-inflammatory. It can help decrease exercise-induced muscle damage and its antiviral and antibacterial properties can help fight infection and relieving cough and cold.
Green Leafy Vegetables
Another type of antioxidant, carotenoids is a class of pigments found naturally in a number of leafy vegetables. When consumed, carotenoids are converted into vitamin A, a nutrient that helps regulate our immune system. Make a salad and include this leafy deliciousness as a part of your meal.
Nuts & Seeds
By now we all know how important are nuts and seeds for our health. Almonds, Walnuts, sunflower seeds, etc. are packed with vitamins and also have healthy fats. They satiate our crunch cravings in the most healthy way possible. These give our body a boost of Vitamin E that plays an important role in regulating and maintaining a healthy immune system function.
Apart from keeping ourselves healthy, let us stay positive in these tough times. Take up an activity that you always wanted to try but dint have the time - this is your chance. Spend time with your families and let's all get through this in the best way possible.