Immune Boosters

Cold and flu season is upon us. Over the past few weeks I have heard a number of people complain about being sick.

We are all so busy over the holiday season, that when we finally get a minute to catch our breath we generally get sick. This is because we have overloaded our immune system with all the holiday excitement and indulgence. No immune love = feeling sick!

Not to worry. Mother nature has provided us with immune boosting foods that will help you kick the flu a** without the flu shot!

Add these immune strengthening foods to your diet today

  1. Garlic – It is anti-microbial and anti-bacterial. It’s active ingredient, allicin, helps fight infection and kill bacteria. Garlic is also great for unplugging those sinuses. Try to have garlic in its raw state for the best benefits.
  2. Citrus – Fruits like lemons, oranges and grapefruit contain loads of vitamin C. This powerful antioxidant helps to reduce cold symptoms and make you feel human again. However, I do not recommend getting your vitamin C from the processed orange juice found in the grocery store. Put your thumbs to work and peal a real orange. The white rind will add additional antioxidant benefits.
  3. Zinc – essential for normal immune function, it is necessary for the prevention of colds and flu. Try adding pumpkin seeds to salads or having a trail mix. Also try adding oysters, dark chocolate, and lamb to your diet.
  4. Ginger – this incredible root is perfect for healing a scratchy throat and suppressing that nasty cough. It contains sesquiterpenes, a chemical which targets the common cold virus. Add some ginger to boiling water and lemon slices for a delicious immune supporting tea.
  5. Honey – anti-microbial and contains antioxidants which help fight infection and strengthen the immune system. Take a tsp for a natural solution to a sore throat, the honey will provide a coating that will sooth the pain in no time. * don’t give honey to children under the age of one, their immune systems are not quit mature enough to defend botulism.

Eat up and feel better!

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