It’s now more important than ever to keep our immune systems strong. There are some foods that you can eat which will help to naturally do this; on the plus, they’re also healthy, so you won’t feel guilty for eating slightly too much. We are in lockdown after all.
Fruits such as lemons, oranges, limes and grapefruits are all high in vitamin C. This vitamin helps increase the production of white blood cells which fight infections. Many health experts recommend that we drink a cup of hot water and lemon every morning.
These particular seeds are rich in Vitamin E, which boosts the immune system. A few ways to include it in your diet is on top of salad; sprinkling into porridge or granola; or even adding to avocado on toast.
Unlike black tea, green tea is packed full of EGCG – epigallocatechin gallate which is a powerful antioxidant that enhances immune function. Green tea also has a high amount of L-theanine, an amino acid which is thought to help with the production of germ-fighting compounds in cells.
Garlic is renowned to fight infection and has many immune boosting properties.
Plain yogurts which have ‘live and active cultures’ may help to stimulate your immune system to fight diseases. Try to avoid ones that are full of sugar – you can always add honey if you need to sweeten it. You can even top it with sunflower seeds.
Spinach is full of goodness and it is rich in vitamin C. It also contains many antioxidants and beta carotene which increase the infection-fighting ability of our immune systems. You could use spinach as the base of a salad; in a smoothie; or a side accompaniment to any main dish.