With fall just arriving, and the frigid days ahead, it is extremely important to eat healthy foods that will boost your immune system, that way, it can function at its best. We are sharing six delicious foods that you can eat this fall to ward off germs and sickness!
Citrus fruits like lemons, grapefruits, oranges, and limes are high in vitamin C. Vitamin C is believed to boost your body’s production of infection-fighting white blood cells.
Almonds are rich in vitamin E, healthy fats, fiber, protein, and micronutrients like magnesium. The health benefits of almonds are lowered blood sugar, lower cholesterol levels, and reduced blood pressure.
Green tea is high in flavonoids, which are a type of antioxidant. It also has a powerful antioxidant called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which enhances immune function. Green tea is also a great source of amino acid L-theanine, which helps boost your immune system.
When buying yogurt, look for “live and active cultures” on the label. These cultures are probiotics full of healthy bacteria that can stimulate your immune system to fight diseases.
Did you know that the rich colors of bell peppers mean they are high in healthy micronutrients? One serving of bell peppers will get you twice as much vitamin C as you get with an orange! Bell peppers are also rich in beta-carotene, which promotes healthy skin and eyes.
Sweet potatoes are in season during the fall, and they are also a major source of beta-carotene. Our body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A, which our body uses to defend against harmful free radicals. Free radicals can lead to premature aging. The skin of sweet potatoes is full of micronutrients like copper, manganese, and pantothenic acid.
Remember that you need to eat a variety of healthy foods to boost your immune system. If you are only eating a couple of these items, you make not be the healthiest you can be. We hope we have given you a few ideas on how to eat a balanced diet and stay as healthy as possible this flu season!