Foods to Support a Healthy Immune System
By Sara Butler
It takes more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away, as you probably know by now. But, that old adage isn’t too far off because food is medicine. If you want to support your immune system and help to keep germs from taking hold in your body, then you need to introduce more of these foods into your life.
Yogurt for Yo’ Gut
The probiotics found in yogurt are healthy bacteria that contribute to your gut health. Believe it or not, when virus or bacteria enters your body, it’s often through your digestive system. If your digestive system is healthy, then it can be easier to fight off illness. When you eat yogurt, you’re encouraging the health of the healthy bacteria that live in your gut which help you fight off illness and disease. So, make sure you look for yogurt with “live and active cultures.”
Get Your Oats
Oats and barley contain something called beta-glucan, which is a type of fiber with antioxidant and antimicrobial capabilities that can help you to fight illness. Animals that have eaten this compound in studies are less likely to contract anthrax, influenza, and herpes. In humans, it has been found to help accelerate wound healing, improve the function of the immune system and help antibiotics work better – should you need them. You should be getting at least three servings of whole grains daily, so try to make one of these oats or barley.
Good Old Garlic
Garlic is for more than just keeping vampires away, it can help your immune system to be stronger too! Garlic contains something called allicin, which helps to fight bacteria and infection. Even books with remedies from 1000 years ago contain recipes for medicines with garlic, which have been confirmed in modern times as an effective agent in the fight against bacteria. Today, studies have found people who eat more than six cloves of garlic per week have a lower incidence of colorectal and stomach cancer. So, when in doubt, just throw in a little garlic when you’re cooking – it’s good for you!
Time for Tea
Tea contains an amino acid called L-theanine, which helps to increase the interferons in your blood that help to fight infection. You can find it in black and green tea, even the decaffeinated versions! So, try to incorporate several cups of tea into your daily routine.
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