Healthy Ways to Boost and Strengthen Your Immune System
The immune system is our body's first line of defense against invaders. Keeping your immune system in balance is crucial for maintaining optimal health. Our immune system is very complex and should be taken care of by living a healthy lifestyle. Every part of our body, including our immune system, works better with a healthy lifestyle. Adding the following to your diet is the best step you can take towards naturally keeping your immune system strong and healthy.
Citrus fruit and red bell peppers (both rich in vitamin C, which in some studies have been shown to support your immune system)
Spices like ginger, garlic, turmeric, and capsaicin (from chili peppers) can be easily added to soups, stews, stir-frys, or salad dressings.
Foods that are rich in zinc such as oysters, clams, mussels, cashews, liver, beef, and egg yolks. You may recognize zinc as an ingredient in the cold remedy Zicam, as zinc has some virus-fighting effects.
Magnesium-rich foods may help you to feel calmer, and help support immunity. Examples of magnesium-rich foods are legumes, nuts, seeds, leafy greens, and whole grains.
Fatty fish like wild Alaskan salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids. A study on medical students in 2011 was one of the first to show that omega-3s may help reduce anxiety.
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Add some antioxidants to your diet which can support your immune system. Antioxidant nutrients commonly included in our diets such as Vitamin E, Vitamin C, β-carotene, selenium, copper, iron and zinc improve different immune function and protect against infections.
Below are some natural antioxidant-rich foods that you can take to increase immunity:
Oranges: A phytochemical called hesperetin found in oranges and other citrus fruits restores Vitamin C to its active antioxidant form.
Kale: Kale has lutein, a carotenoid, which helps in keeping you sharp. It is often called as an edible warrior against cancer and depression.
Blueberries: Anthocyanins in blueberries have beneficial effects against cardiovascular diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes and cancer.
Cocoa: Flavanols in cocoa have protective effects on our heart, brain, skin and immune system.
Onions: Onions contain quercetin, a potent antioxidant that can help your body fight inflammation. Consuming onions may be helpful in treating certain cancers.
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Tomatoes: They have lycopene, which is a bright red carotenoid hydrocarbon.
Apples: Quercetin in apples may reduce inflammation. Apples contain a variety of phytochemicals such as catechins, phloridzin and chlorogenic acid which are strong antioxidants.
Green Tea: Green tea contains many anti-inflammatory flavonoids. Catechins in green tea (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) are a potent anti-inflammatory compound with therapeutic potential.
With the way most Americans eat today, there is a troublesome gap between the nutrients we need and those we actually consume. In fact, most diets today are lacking in many essential vitamins and minerals. A diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and low in red meat and processed foods, should be the goal. However, it can be challenging to keep this up every day. Daily nutritional supplementation of Saba Spark of Life™ and Saba Pomegranate Plus™ will help fill your nutritional gaps to enjoy optimal health.
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