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5 Foods to Boost Your Immune System

5 Foods to Boost Your Immune System

Just about everyone I know has been sick these last few weeks which has me looking for ways to boost my immune system.  Sara Siskind has shared five great tips to help us boost our immune system in the kitchen.

5 Foods to Boost Your Immune System

1. Eat colorful fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins and minerals. Reach for red and pink grapefruits, oranges, kiwis, and berries. Choose cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts. These fruits and veggies are not only loaded with essential vitamins and phytonutrients, but they are also rich in antioxidants which give your immune system a boot and help build up your digestive track.

2. Add in pistachios as a heart healthy, protein rich snack. Pistachios are also rich in antioxidants and the heart healthy fats to help your body absorb vitamin E. Vitamin E is needed by the immune system to fight off invading bacteria. Pistachios are also rich in vitamin B6 which also helps prevent infection and create healthy red blood cells your body needs. Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites are an easy way to eat pistachios on the go or simply adding to your lunch bag.

3. Look for omega 3 fatty acids and selenium which are found in shellfish, salmon, mackerel, and herring. These foods help white blood cells produce a protein which helps clear flu viruses out of the body. Omega 3 fatty acids reduce inflammation in the body by clearing the lungs pathways. This can help protect from colds and respiratory infections.

4. Make yogurt your go-to breakfast or snack. Yogurt contains probiotics; “healthy bacteria” that your body needs to keep your immune system strong and keeps your digestive free of disease causing germs. Yogurt is also filled with protein that keeps your body energized and strong.

5. Spice up your food with turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon. These spices are especially known to contain antioxidants that help to protect your cells and keep inflammation in the body down. I add turmeric to soups, eggs, rice, and poultry. Fresh grated ginger brings warmth to any beverage. Cinnamon can be sprinkled on oatmeal, cereal, yogurt, and easily added to anything you bake.

About Sara Siskind  

Certified Nutritional Health Counselor, Sara Siskind is the founder of Hands On Healthy, cooking classes for adults, families and teens based in New York. Sara has dedicated her career to educating clients on how food and lifestyle choices affect health, and how to make the right choices to look and feel your best each day. Sara translates the complexity of integrated nutrition into usable tools with easy-to-cook recipes that appeal to the entire family. Sara counsels privately to offer highly customized health and nutrition plans for her clients. She also works with parents on shopping and cooking smarter to create healthier homes. In addition, she teaches beginner to gourmet cooking classes with her signature "toss it in" approach. In addition, Sara regularly works with corporations and non-profit organizations to lead workshops and lectures on healthy eating.

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Alice Taylor said...

Thank you for sharing valuable information. Nice post. I enjoyed reading this post.

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Kristie said...

I love yogurt, especially Greek. I don't like Chobani. Oikos is great! Thanks for the tips! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you. Happy 2017!

Gala said...

Thank you for the great info. I love yogurt and this year I started to make my own. It's so easy and tastier than anything for the store.

Elena said...

I love these products. They are healthy and delicious

Lauryn Rescoe said...

This is a very informative post, thank you so much for sharing! :) We can all stand to boost our immune system, especially in the wintertime!

Jenna H said...

I've been hearing turmeric is very good for inflammation too. The tough part for me is trying to incorporate these spices.

Angie said...

I love cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric. Great for cooking and baking, as well as making delicious drinks!

Danielle Porter said...

I love cinnamon and add it to tons of stuff, but hate ginger. I've never tried tumeric! I'll have to pick some up!

Daniel Scott said...

I work at a hospital and my wife is the school assistant librarian. We need all the immune boosters as possible.

Robert said...

I enjoyed reading these 5 tips .Love the details you have tried to provide. Thanks for sharing it.