Raise your hands if you love getting sick, no? Well, raise your hands if you like to avoid getting sick at all costs. If you want to avoid things like the common cold, the flu, and all types of bacterial, fungal, and viral invasions, you need to know how to boost your immunity. I'm going to give you seven tips on how to boost your immune system naturally.
We all want to live our healthiest and happiest lives, and a sure way to do that is to maximize our immunity. Now, you can find all kinds of very expensive vitamins and supplements online and in health stores, and many of them do have benefits. Many of them do work. However, you do not have to spend a lot of money in order to boost your immune system. In fact, if you just look in your refrigerator or in your pantry, you very likely will find that you already have what you need to boost your immune system.
Foods That Boost Your Immune System: 7 Tips To Increase Immunity
1. Drink Lemon Water
First thing in the morning, I want you to grab a big glass of water and squeeze a lemon into it. Lemons and other citrus fruits such as grapefruit, tangerines, and limes are excellent sources of vitamin C. Vitamin C is an excellent booster of the immune system. It builds the immune system. It increases your body's production of white blood cells.
Now, your white blood cells act like your body's soldiers. They are a line of defense prepared to fight infectious invasions. White blood cells are also key to the production of antibodies, which also help to boost your immune system. Vitamin C is also known to decrease the duration of respiratory illnesses. So if you do get sick, if you get a common cold or a viral illness that affects your breathing, the vitamin C will help you to be sicker for a shorter period of time.
Vitamin C also has antioxidants, which help to get rid of free radicals and to decrease inflammation. Vitamin C is also good for digestion. If you want to find out more ways that lemon water and vitamin C are good for your overall health, be sure to check out my video on 10 healthy habits for a better you and a better life.
2. Eat Garlic
Now, the odor of garlic will not exactly leave you smelling like a flower. But garlic is actually a part of the lily family, and it is also an excellent booster of the immune system because it contains allicin. Allicin is a compound that is pungent and oily, and it comes from crushing garlic or chopping garlic. Allicin has really wonderful properties because it increases the response of your white blood cells, and it also has antimicrobial or anti-infection qualities.
One clove of garlic contains 5 milligrams of calcium and 12 milligrams of potassium. Garlic can also lower blood pressure. And garlic is best eaten if it is raw or cooked as little as possible because excess heat tends to denature or inactivate the enzymes that actually help with the immune system. If you want to find out more about how garlic can lower your blood pressure, make sure you watch my video on how to lower blood pressure naturally.
3. Eat Broccoli
Good, old-fashioned, jolly-green broccoli is another way to boost your immune system naturally. Now, in addition to containing vitamin C, and yes, broccoli does contain vitamin C, it also contains vitamin A, which helps with the production of white blood cells, specifically in fighting viruses.
It also contains vitamin E, which is another antioxidant. It gets rid of free radicals and decreases inflammation. Broccoli also contains beta-carotene, which is another antioxidant. And beta-carotene is actually good for the eyes and good for the skin. Your skin is another major part of your immune system.
4. Eat Spinach
Popeye was really on to something when he used to pop those cans of spinach in his mouth because spinach is another excellent way to boost your immune system naturally. Not only does it contain vitamin C, but it also contains beta-carotene, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Spinach contains iron and folate, so it has all kinds of ways to boost your immune system and to decrease inflammation. Spinach should be cooked as little as possible or not at all in order to get the maximum benefits.
5. Use Ginger To Boost Immune System
Ginger is a flowering plant that is closely related to turmeric. It has been known to decrease nausea and vomiting, and it contains a bioactive compound called gingerol. Gingerol is closely related to capsaicin, which is a component of chili pepper and gives chili pepper its spiciness.
Ginger has antioxidant properties, which decrease inflammation, and it has antimicrobial properties as well.
Are you already using ginger to boost your immune system or for other medical reasons? Please comment down below.
6. Red Bell Peppers
Little known fact. Red bell peppers actually have twice as much vitamin C as many of the citrus fruits. It also has antioxidants. Red bell pepper has beta-carotene and it's also great for healthy skin.
7. Get Proper Rest
Getting rest is another important way to rejuvenate and to boost your immune system. When you are sleep deprived, you tend to have a surge or an increase in stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. When these stress hormones are on the rise, they tend to decrease the effectiveness of your immune system.
Sleep deprivation also decreases the number of white blood cells you produce. It decreases the number of protective cytokines. It decreases the number of lymphocytes, which are very important for fighting infection. Most people should be getting about seven to nine hours of good quality sleep per night.
Bonus Tip: How To Boost Immune Your System Naturally
Drink immune-boosting juices, and you can even make your own juices right at home. You can use ingredients such as citrus fruits. You also can use apples, another good immune booster. Other options include spinach, carrots, lemons, and or ginger. You can mix and make your own recipes using the foods that help to boost your immune system.
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