It’s the start of flu season and I’m sure we’ve all had a few close calls already. Some of us may have already gotten struck down by a particularly nasty bug going around the office. But what can you do to keep yourself healthy? Besides getting plenty of sleep and washing your hands regularly, there is also the case of diet. Like the saying goes, we are what we eat. So if this flu season we want to eat our way to a healthier version of ourselves, then here are 7 superfoods that will help boost your immune system1.
Not only does garlic give food an extra level of flavor, but it is also one of the best foods for your immune system. Studies have shown 2that regular consumption of garlic can have a positive effect on blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. In addition, garlic is full of antioxidants, which strengthen your body’s immune system. Totally worth the bad breath right?
The spicy, aromatic ginger root can be used to make different drinks, teas, or flavor Asian dishes. It is also a real superfood as it reduced inflammation and is a natural pain reliever3. It is also great to reduce nausea.
Goji berries are also known as wolfberries. They contain vitamin C, B vitamins, essential fatty acids, amino acids, plus minerals and trace elements. You can easily mix them into a smoothie or sprinkle them on top of some oatmeal or a smoothie bowl. Plus, you can just eat them like that for an extra immune boost.
Chia seeds originate in Mexico, where they were used by the ancient Aztecs and Mayas. Now, they’ve made a comeback. And you can see why, they’re rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and can provide twice as much vegetable protein as other seeds. Plus when they’re mixed into liquid, they can expand to 10 times their original size, meaning that they can be used to make a nice pudding. But they also taste great sprinkled over salad or yogurt.
The popular coffee substitute is basically just ground green tea. This means that matcha is free of radical scavengers and contain vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. The most popular way to serve matcha is in latte form. The green powder can also be a great addition to baking.
Kale is a common winter vegetable and it a regular star of dishes with superfoods. And there is a reason for it. Kale is high in antioxidants and not only strengthens your immune system, but it can possibly protect your body from other diseases such as Alzheimer’s and arteriosclerosis4. Kale is very versatile in preparation – it goes well raw in a salad, makes great baked chip alternatives, or mixes into green smoothies with other items such apple, kiwi, avocado, and ginger to make a green smoothie.
Blueberries are a great superfood. These small berries are packed full of vitamin C and potassium, as well as other vitamins. You can eat blueberries during the cold season in a variety of ways. They can be added into fruit smoothies, or baked into delicious holiday treats. They make a great addition to your morning oatmeal. Also, blueberries make a fantastic snack. The little purple berries are known for being full of anti-inflammatory vitamins as well as protecting against different diseases. In case you’re curious, it’s the flavonoids that give these berries their color.
Along with a healthy diet, we recommend taking the NATURELO Vitamin C supplement with Organic Acerola Cherry and Citrus Bioflavonoids daily to fight off any sickness before it starts.
3. Anti-Oxidative and Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Ginger in Health and Physical Activity: Review of Current Evidence, 2013 Apr; 4(Suppl 1): S36–S42.
4. Memory Boosting Superfoods That Fight Alzheimer’s, October 15, 2013