Winter is coming!
Well, the sign of exclamation is not intended to sound scary, not at all as I believe, more than half of the population love winters.
They cherish the idea of being snug in bed or blanket; sip their hot cocoa sitting near the fireplace, styling them with beautiful sweaters, mufflers or so much more and of course snow-covered trees and houses just fairyland like.
But as everything comes with perks and pains so does the winter bring cold, flu & cough with it and that is so human world like.
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Immune Boosting Foods to Fight Cold, Flu & Cough
For some people, the span of these seasonal ailments is short while for others it can be long or periodic throughout the season in either case it hurts.
That is simply because their power to combat sickness is not enough and they dread the idea of winters which is not good.
If you’re the one who faces it go ahead and read this post.
We want to make your winters enjoyable as well so bringing a thoughtful list of Immune Boosting Foods.
Easily found in your pantry and won’t cause you the trouble of preparing them by following long recipes.
Have a look at 9 immune boosting foods in this season.
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Eggs are packed with vitamin D that regulates and strengthens your defense system.
In winters vitamin D intake becomes essential to combat bacteria or viruses as we are less exposed to the sun which is a great source of this vitamin.
2. Whole-grain bread:
Whole-grain food keeps your gut healthy because of its anti-inflammatory property that helps in increasing the production of healthy bacteria.
A healthy gut will avoid any harmful germs.
Read more: 10 Superfoods to Cleanse and Detox Liver
Yes, you read it right! It is not that which aggravates the cough and cold but gives off antioxidant, vitamin C, which strengthens your immune system.
Oranges, grapefruits and all citrus fruit or peppers, kiwis and strawberries are all good sources of vitamin C.
Greek yogurt has “live and active cultures” in it which stimulate your immunity to curb the diseases.
A bowl of yogurt every day!
Vitamin E is a key to a better immune system. Nuts, especially almonds are a rich source of vitamin E.
Take a dose of a handful of nuts in winter every day.
6. Spices or herbs:
They not only give taste to the food but also act as antioxidants and kill the germs. Turmeric, garlic, and ginger are anti-inflammatory same go for rosemary, oregano or thyme.
Try curry that is a mix of these spices.
7. Spinach and broccoli:
Spinach is full of vitamin C, beta carotene and many antioxidants that boost the immune system.
Similarly, broccoli is packed with vitamins A, C and E. These two veggies are a complete package to keep your system regulated.
8. Extra virgin olive oil:
A study revealed olive oil contains a high level of polyunsaturated fatty acids that boost the body’s immune system and defend it from infection.
Toss your spinach, broccoli and tomato salad bowl with olive oil and it becomes healthy and yum!
Chicken soup is a great relieve in cold and cough as not only it makes you feel better but also prevents you from catching flu. Incorporate it into your daily diet.
Poultry such as chicken and turkey are rich in vitamin b-6 that is helpful in gut healing or immunity strength.
Seafood, especially salmon, shellfish or crab is great for defense against diseases as they are rich in zinc and other vital vitamins and minerals.
However, you need to watch the zinc intake as too much of it can slow down the immunity system.
These foods are easy to take daily not just for you but for your whole family, especially kids, who give a hard time when catching a cold.
Have a cold-free winter!