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Boost Your Immune System With These Foods

By Stepy Kamei

We all know how important it is to have an immune system that's strong and robust, especially when it gets to be the cold winter months where the cold and flu seem to run rampant. It's good to have a sort of toolkit to always turn to whenever you feel like your immune system could use a boost. One important element in any kind of toolkit like this should be the food you eat on a regular basis. Keep on reading to learn more about how the foods you eat can play a major role in just how healthy and strong your immune system ends up being, as well as pick up some helpful tips on which specific foods you should put on your grocery list as soon as possible.

Citrus Fruits

You've probably heard about how consuming Vitamin C is a great way to prevent a cold, or at least reduce the severity and length of its worst symptoms. That's because Vitamin C has been shown to boost the white blood cells in your bloodstream, which boosts the immune system overall. Be sure to stock up on fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, clementines, lemons, and limes in order to get a delicious boost of Vitamin C. You can eat these fruits raw, or add them to a bowl of yogurt and honey for a sweet treat while you're getting over your cold.

Garlic

Garlic is not only a great way to add a delicious bit of flavor into your favorite meals. Garlic actually contains potent antiviral as well as anti-fungal properties, meaning your immune system benefits greatly from the introduction of garlic into your diet. Be sure to add garlic into as many recipes as you want, or consider taking a garlic supplement on a daily basis.

Ginger

Ginger is another spice which has been used medicinally for thousands of years by various cultures across the globe. Ginger is known to contain anti-inflammatory properties, which helps fight inflammation which can damage the strength of your immune system. Furthermore, ginger is known to decrease feelings of soreness in the throat, as well as nausea. Grate some fresh ginger and add it to soups, stews, or teas in order to gain the most health benefits from this extremely powerful spice! 

As always, be sure to consult with your primary healthcare provider for further advice on how to improve your health and wellness and keep your immune system functioning to the best of its ability. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Shreveport, La.

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