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Immune Boosting Superfoods

Your health condition depends on a vital and strong immune system. Food is one of the most powerful means of boostinghealthy immune system. Over 70% of your immune system is related to your gut and foods you eat forms the foundation of your health.

Our body is a combination of several systems working together, so you can carry out day to day chores. Of those system your immune system is by far the most complex and intricate, which keeps your body healthy and disease free. Whenever external aliments like viruses and bacteria enters your body through any means, your immune system sends an army of white blood cells to destroy and eliminate those toxic substances to keep you body safe from illness.

Some times toxic substances are strong and try to over power those white blood cells, and attack your internal organs. So what now...... is it possible to boost the fighting power of this army and help make your immune system stronger?

The answer is YES the task is achievable you can boost your immune power by eating a superfoods which fight the bad guys (toxins) like super heroes. Below is a list of 10 superheroes you can recall them in your diet to enhance your immunity and upraise your defense and keep your body healthy. 

Top 10 Superfoods To Boost Your Immunity.

1. Garlic 
Garlic is one of the best foods to boost your immune system. It has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties to help fight against infections. Rich in antioxidant phytochemicals such as organosulphur compounds, garlic scavenges free radicals that damage membranes. It is also a great protector of the heart and lowers cholesterol, but is also gaining popularity for its anti-tumour effects.

Its immune-boosting properties seem to come from a heavy concentration of sulphur-containing compounds, such as allicin.

2. Ginger 

Ginger helps promote gastric motility and works as an anti-inflammatory. This pungent herb has been a mainstay in Asian medicine for centuries to treat upset stomach, migraines, pain, nausea, and vomiting.

This spectacular herb helps eliminate congestion, ease throat pain, kill cold viruses, combat fever, inhibit pancreatic cancer cell growth, inhibit growth of peptic ulcer disease, promote gastric mobility, decrease chronic pain and lower high cholesterol. Drink one to two cups of ginger tea daily to keep your immune system functioning properly.

3. Turmeric

It is a natural antiviral with potent anti-inflammatory properties. High in curcumin a powerful antioxidant.Hailed for its wide-ranging health benefits, curcumin fights free radicals that damage cell membranes and DNA and even induce cell death.

Furthermore, new research is emerging showing the efficacy of curcumin alone or combined with vitamin D in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

4. Green Tea 
Chinese medicine has long relied on the immunity boosting properties of tea. Both green and black teas are packed with flavonoids, a type of antioxidant. Where green tea really shines is in its levels of epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, another powerful antioxidant.Due to its high levels of the amino acid L-theanine, green tea (and black too) has been proven to support the immune system in fending off the organisms that cause disease. 

5. Greek Yogurt 
Your gastrointestinal system is your first line of defense when it comes to staying healthy. This is where our body decides whether or not the things that we have ingested are friend or foe – nutrient or toxin. Keeping your GI tract healthy and happy is critical for good health. And the probiotics in a good Greek yogurt will help keep the good bacteria in fighting shape to take on the less desireables. 

6. Mushrooms
Mushrooms are one of the best forms of preventative care. Long been known for their immunity boosting qualities, mushrooms contain beta-glucan – a health enhancing nutrient that builds up the bodies immune response in advance of any trouble. 

7. Sweet Potatoes 
Aside from being one of my all time favorite veggies to roast, sweet potatoes make the list because of their high levels of beta carotene (shout out to carrots too). Not only does this antioxidant give sweet potatoes their fabulous color, it also plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy lining on both our lungs and digestive track – the front lines for fending off illness and disease. 

8. Kale
Kale has once again earned its seat at the table of health-enhancing superfoods. Like other leafy greens, kale offers up a good dose of Vitamin E. This immunity boosting antioxidant is known for increasing the production of B-cells, those white blood cells that kill unwanted bacteria. 

9. Oats & Barley
Any of the high-fiber grains, but oats and barley in particular, will help support a strong immune system. Like mushrooms, they contain health-enhancing beta-glucan, a form of fiber proven to build up immunity in preparation for future invaders. 

10. Fatty Fish 
The Omega 3s in fatty fish like tuna & salmon are hugely helpful in keeping your immune system strong and effective. Not only do they support healthy lungs by reducing inflammation and lowering the risk of infection, they also increase the production of bacteria-killing white blood cells. If fish isn’t your thing (like me), try adding ground flax seed into your smoothies or on top of your salads & soups. 

Feeding your body certain foods can help to keep your immune system running strong. Plan your meals to include the above 10 powerful immune system boosters.

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