Natural Immunity Boosters
Here are some Natural Immunity Boosters;
A new study found that larch can help reduce the number of colds by 23%! You can purchase larch supplements at the pharmacy or health food store.
2. Oregano Oil
Can help you improve your gut health and boost your immune system. It acts kind of like a weed killer by helping to eliminate some of the bad bacteria that may be dominating your digestive system. Take 200mg 3 times a day.
3. Japanese mushrooms
Whatever variety you choose — enoki, shiitake or oyster — Japanese mushrooms are a great immunity booster. They are also loaded with ergothioneine, a powerful antioxidant.
4. Oats & Barley
These grains contain beta-glucan, a type of fiber with antimicrobial and antioxidant capabilities, are more potent than echinacea. They boost immunity, speed wound healing, and may help antibiotics work better. This superfood contains soluble fiber which reduces LDL, or ‘bad’ cholesterol.
This potent onion relative contains the active ingredient allicin, which fights infection and bacteria.
Selenium, plentiful in shellfish such as oysters, lobsters, crabs, and clams, helps white blood cells produce cytokines — proteins that help clear flu viruses out of the body. Salmon, mackerel, and herring are rich in omega-3 fats, which reduce inflammation, increasing airflow and protecting lungs from colds and respiratory infections.
Zinc deficiency is one of the most common nutritional shortfalls among American adults, especially for vegetarians and those who’ve cut back on beef, a prime source of this immunity bolstering mineral. Even mild zinc deficiency can increase your risk of infection. Zinc in your diet is very important for the development of white blood cells, the intrepid immune system cells that recognize and destroy invading bacteria, viruses, and infections.
A 3 oz serving of lean beef provides about 30% of the Daily Value (DV) for zinc. But if you’re not a fan of beef, try zinc-rich oysters, fortified cereals, poultry, yogurt, or milk.
8. Sweet Potatoes
You may not think of skin as part of your immune system, but this crucial organ, covering an impressive 16 square feet, serves as a first-line barrier against bacteria, viruses, and other undesirables. To stay strong and healthy, your skin needs vitamin A. One of the best ways to get vitamin A into your diet is from foods containing beta-carotene (like sweet potatoes), which your body turns into vitamin A.
Think orange when looking for other foods rich in beta-carotene: carrots, squash, pumpkin, and cantaloupe.
In a Harvard study, people who drank 5 cups a day of black tea for 2 weeks had 10 times more virus-fighting interferon in their blood than others who drank a placebo hot drink. The amino acid that’s responsible for this immune boost, L-theanine, is abundant in both black and green tea — decaf versions have it too.
To get up to 5 times more antioxidants from your tea bags, bob them up and down while you brew.
10. Cruciferous vegetables
You need to support your liver to make sure it’s able to detoxify as much as it can and provide a good environment for immune cells that live there. Cruciferous vegetables — such as kale, broccoli, lettuce and cabbage support your liver and immune function by boosting the liver’s ability to flush out toxins.
Adding avocados to your diet supports adrenal function and health and keeps your immune system healthy. Avocados contain essential amino acids, antioxidants and some healthy fats to help balance hormone production. Try to have 1 serving (1/2 cup) per day.
According to Ayurvedic traditions, ginger warms the body and helps to break down the accumulation of toxins in the organs, particularly in the lungs and sinuses. Ayurveda also believes that ginger helps to cleanse the lymphatic system, which is our body’s sewage system. By helping keep your airways and lymphatics open, ginger may help prevent the accumulation of the toxins that may increase your risk of infection.
13. Black Currants
A fantastic supplement for promoting healthy vision, black currants contain compound anthocyanosides, which may be helpful for promoting night vision. They are also rich in vitamin C — they contain 5 times the amount in an orange — making them a powerful immunity booster!
Sage extract works as an expectorant, which helps your body move mucus out of your respiratory tract and helps to calm your cough. As a good alternative to an over-the-counter expectorant, try a drop of sage extract in tea or hot water.
Containing iron, biotin and vitamin B12, eggs can help strengthen hair. The iron also helps combat anemia, a reduction of red blood cells that may also cause hair loss in women.
As a natural immunity booster, graviola has been traditionally used to kill parasites, ameliorate liver problems, reduce fevers, and help treat colds and the flu. Scientists have studied graviola since the 1940’s and most research has been centered around annonaceous acetogenins, a group of natural compounds that appear to have anti-tumor properties — meaning they may help fight various types of cancer cells and thus help boost immune function.
A diet lacking in nutrients and fresh vegetables causes your body to be deficient in phytochemicals. Add green veggies, mushrooms, onions, seeds, and berries to build a strong and functioning immune system.
Originally published at www.nutritiousbodyandmind.com on December 15, 2016.