Every day your immune system does an amazing job of defending your body against disease. However you can give your immunity a well-deserved boost with just a few simple changes to your diet. Like any fighting force, the immune system army marches on its stomach. Immune system warriors need good, regular nourishment:
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, with antiviral and antibacterial property; found naturally in citrus, parsley, berries, red capsicum and kiwifruit.
Probiotics promote the growth of friendly bowel bacteria and give your immune health the boost it needs; found naturally in sugar-free, live and active culture/bacteria yoghurt.
Zinc is needed for the production of white blood cells, which protects against colds and infections. Zinc can be found in unprocessed meats and seaweed so add strips of kelp or nori to soups, salads and stir-fries.
Vitamin D protects us against illness and a range of chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Sunlight is the easiest and healthiest way to get sufficient vitamin D, so aim for 10 to 15 minutes a day on the face, arms and hands.
Garlic has the powerful compound allicin, vitamins A, C, E and minerals selenium, sulfur and zinc (all vital to immune function). It also protects against infections, colds and flu, and has anti-bacterial, -fungal and -viral properties. Just add crushed cloves to pastas, sauces, salad dressings and dips.
Green tea is filled with antioxidants, prevents dehydration and has been shown to increase metabolic rate if three or more cups are consumed every day. Warm water served with a slice of lemon is also a great choice.