The Best Offense is a Good Defense, So Boost Your Immune System!
Today, there seems to be countless things that are capable of dealing a painful blow to your immune system, from daily exposure to pollution and pesticides, to allowing yourself to become stressed over a work spreadsheet. All of the different factors accumulate together as the years creep past, having an impact on your wellbeing and the way that you live your life.
What’s more, according to various scientific and health studies, your immune system (along with a variety of things) naturally declines as you begin to grow older. Here are some ways that you can help to keep your health in shape.
1. Try some Green Tea
Sipping green tea every so often helps to promote the growth of good bacteria within your intestine, while inhibiting the threats like salmonella, clostridium, and e-coli. The more green-tea you drink, the less likely it is for a standard man-flu to transform into a fully-blown gastro issue. One thing that most people don’t know is that as much as 70% of your immune system can be found within your digestive tract. If you can, try to accomplish about four cups of green tea a day, and don’t forget to sweeten it with some infection-fighting honey if you’re not too fond of the taste of green tea.
2. Heat it Up with Chili
Cluster bombs of nutrition, chilies can destroy just about anything negative that you aim them towards. They contain significant levels of beta-carotene, which can be converted by your blood into vitamin A to naturally fight back against infections. The fiery capsaicin also sticks to neuropeptides, which could lead to inflammation elsewhere. The cancer research journal has even discovered that peppers can have properties that help to fight back against prostate cancer.
Put some red or green chili on top of some rice mixed in with some meat and you have yourself a spectacular meal.
3. Binge on Blueberries
Blueberries are delicious and nutritious health-boosting balls of magic. Just because you may have heard of their powers in the past doesn’t make them any less potent today. These sweet little fruits help to fight back against a wide range of disease from heart disease to cancer. Mix them with strawberries for a fruity dessert, or blend them for a delicious smoothie.
4. Spice it Up with Cinnamon
Cinnamon is brimming with antioxidants that help to prevent bacteria from developing and growing within your body (including the bacteria responsible for bad breath). Studies have also shown that cinnamon can be useful in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.
You can put cinnamon on your cereal, peanut butter and honey sandwich, your ice cream, and so on. Cinnamon is awesome!
5. Sumptuous Sweet Potatoes
They may look strange, but these bumpy orange boxes of medicine each contain glutathione, a product that helps to improve the health of your immune system, while protecting you from threats like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, liver disease, cancer, HIV, Cystic fibrosis, stroke, and heart attacks. They may not make up your traditional meat and veg combo, but sweet potatoes are a fantastic and healthy alternative.
6. Toss in some Tomatoes
It doesn’t matter how you choose to pronounce their name, tomatoes are the fantastic helpers for the immune system, and can help give you an all-around better quality of life. Tomatoes are fantastic for offering a form of defense against degenerative diseases, thanks in most part to their lycopene content. Tomato pastes and cooked tomatoes often work best, but half a tomato or about 350g of tomato juice every day will help you feel better.
Don’t forget tomato soup as well!
7. Be a Fungi with Mushrooms
The white and red spotty ones that you see in children’s fairytale books may be capable of killing or paralyzing you, but maitake, shiitake, and reiki mushrooms are brimming with ergothioneine, which protect cells from abnormal replication and growth. In simple terms, the more mushrooms you eat, the more you could be reducing your risk of cancer. Cook them in red wine whenever possible, since this will give you a fantastic helping of the antioxidant known as “resveratrol”, which will boost their immunity-helping powers.
8. Find the Figs
Figs aren’t just the perfect opportunity to enjoy some Greek style. Four figs a week is enough to help you maintain the perfect pH levels within your body, therefore making it harder for pathogens to start causing problems. What’s more, the health dose of fiber contained within figs helps to lower blood sugar and insulin levels, reducing your risk of suffering from diabetes. Unfortunately, figgy pudding and fig rolls don’t count towards your four-a-week.
And do not worry, only Indiana Jones has to worry about his figs being poisoned (have you forgotten Raiders of the Last Ark already!).
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About Benjamin Roussey Benjamin is from Sacramento, CA. He has two master’s degrees and served four years in the US Navy. He enjoys sports, movies, reading, and current events when he is not working online.