3 Foods to Boost Your Immune System

Your immune system is a vital tool for your body and your health. When a foreign body invades, like an illness or bacteria, your immune system attacks it, keeping your body healthy and clean. Without a healthy immune system, the foreign body takes over, which usually means that you get sick. In order to give your body the best chance at keeping you well, it’s important to give your immune system a boost. Here are 4 foods that can give your immune system a boost and your body healthy in the long run.

Citrus

Citrus fruit is a great way to boost the immune system naturally. Citrus contains massive amounts of Vitamin C. This vitamin is known for its immune boosting abilities. To get more citrus into your life, you have a lot of different options. Oranges or orange juice, lemons, kiwi, and limes are just a few of the options. If you don’t like citrus, eat leafy greens like spinach or kale. Still not sounding too tasty? Try taking a Vitamin C supplement to give you the same good for your immune system.

Yogurt

Yogurt has something known as probiotics. These are the good bacteria that stay in your gut. This good bacteria is necessary to keep the bad bacteria in your body in check. When the bad bacteria overtakes the good kind, it can lead to illness. This gets out of balance more often than you realize, but this balance is important for overall health. Yogurt is a great way to get these probiotics naturally. To add yogurt to your diet, add a cupful at your morning breakfast or use it as a snack later in the day.

Garlic

The wonderful benefits of garlic just seem to grow and grow. It seems every time we turn around, there is another great reason to add garlic to the mix. Garlic is a natural anti fungal and a natural antibiotic. If you think you are getting sick, add garlic to your diet to help fight it off.  It’s a great way to boost your immunities in a natural way. To add garlic, use your regular menus, but add this spice for a little flavor and a lot of healthy benefits.

If you want to keep yourself healthy, you have to eat well. Along with a balanced diet, add these foods to your diet to reap the benefits and keep your immune system in fighting shape.

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