3 immune-boosting foods to get you through winter
With coming cold winter season (which usually means cold and flu) we all want to keep our immune system as healthy as possible. You can include these 3 immunity boosters in your diet. And, of course, don’t forget wash your hands, take a multi-vitamin and try to get enough sleep.
1. Chicken soup
Chicken soup can be a very effective (not to mention delicious) remedy for cold. Like any hot liquid, this soup helps you to stay hydrated and raises the temperature of the airways, both of which are important for loosening secretions. Which is a good thing since nasal secretions help rid the body of pathogenic viruses and bacteria. Add some hot chiles to your chicken broth and you’ll get an extra immunity boost.
If you regularly eat probiotics, “good bacteria” found in foods like yogurt, kefir and sauerkraut, it will help your immune system work better and improve digestion. Aim for products labeled with a “Live & Active Cultures” seal from the National Yogurt Association, it means that this yogurt contains a set minimum amount of two particular types of beneficial bacteria.
3. Green tea
According to one laboratory study, a particular type of polyphenols found in green tea, potent plant antioxidants, may kill influenza viruses. The research suggests that catechins, a type of polyphenols in green tea, may stimulate production and activity of some immune cells and inhibit the production of disease-promoting inflammatory compounds. But don’t add milk to your tea – the proteins will bind to the polyphenols, making them ineffective.