EAT WELL TO STAY WELL.
Foods That Improve Your Immune System via David Kinsella from Revolution Personal Training
The stomach and immune system are very closely related. What we eat can have a significant effect on how we feel and how likely we are to become run down with an illness. This is especially important during the winter cold and flu season!
A simple internet search reveals certain foods that are reported to be extremely helpful in improving your immune system. While certainly not revolutionary, the following list of foods may assist. Here we’ll explain how they work and how you can incorporate them into your diet.
What to eat: Green Tea
Why: Certain chemical compounds in green tea help prevent cold causing bugs from increasing in number. The amino acid that’s responsible for this immune boost is called L-theanine.
Tip: Make sure you dunk your tea bag several times to ensure you get enough of the good stuff out.
What to eat: Turmeric
Why: A spice that can be added to many foods when cooking, turmeric includes the active ingredient curcumin which provides anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial benefits (includes manganese, zinc, B vitamins and iron).
Tip: Cover your chicken with this spice when cooking, toss your cooked vegetables with it, add it to soups… just add it to everything! It also assists with muscle development.
What to eat: Ginger
Why: Ginger is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory with antimicrobial properties. It boosts immune function and reduces cellular damage. Ginger stimulates digestion, potentially relieving bloating, cramping and nausea.
Tip: Create your own soup, stir-fry or tea with it to provide a boost to your immune system.
What to eat: Garlic
Why: Garlic is another immune system warrior, protecting the body from infections and illness. Garlic contains allicin, a potent phytonutrient that is great for cardiac health. It has been shown to help lower blood pressure, inhibit blood clotting and promote healthy cholesterol levels.