Whether it’s the flu and cold season or not, you surely want to keep yourself protected, so you avoid getting sick. You need to bolster your defenses against the cold-causing germs lurking in your office or your home and this can be done by taking care of your immune system. You first step toward achieving a healthier and better-functioning immune system is to visit your local grocery store to pick up the following foods:
You need your gastrointestinal tract to stay healthy in order for you to prevent common colds. Prebiotics are also known as food for bacteria in the gut. They are, in essence, a form of partially digestible fiber and some examples include:
- Chia seeds
You also need probiotics in your diet, which actually pertain to the bacteria themselves. These are obviously good bacteria and you need them to recover faster and be healthy overall. Foods that naturally have probiotics are:
- Soy sauce
More Foods to Eat for Your Immune System
If ever you are sick or you know you will get sick, there are foods to eat that will make you feel better. These foods also help protect your immune system by empowering the soldiers that work hard to keep you healthy.
- Garlic: Nature’s antibiotic, garlic can help decrease the impact of colds, flu, and other infections.
- Whey Protein: If you don’t have raw milk, a good alternative is high-quality whey protein. You can get the same nutrients and health benefits from whey protein as with cows that have been exclusively fed with grass. This is because the protein you get in milk is whey protein, which can help ward off colds and flu.
- Honey: This naturally removes bacteria from the body as well as the microbes that can make you sick. Add this to your drinks, such as green tea to make a powerful immune system health booster.
- Mushrooms: These can strengthen your immune system because they have all the essential nutrients your body needs, namely vitamin C, calcium, fiber, protein, and B vitamins. They also contain beta-glucans, which are found in medicinal mushrooms, such as shitake, maitake, and reishi. Beta-glucan can activate your body’s anti-infection capabilities through binding to macrophages and other white blood cells.
Sometimes, when you are sick though, you don’t want to eat. This is because bacterial infection and bugs cause the body to create inflammation. You therefore experience suppressed appetite. When your body reacts this way, you should actually do what it tells you to do.