Thursday, July 30, 2020

Foods to Boost Your Immunity During Pandemics and Flu Season

While we are still in the midst of summer, the fact of the matter is that the influenza season is not far off (not to mention that we are still in a pandemic). This is why there is no better time than the present to begin adopting a healthier diet. Did you know that certain foods can help your body combat the flu and others will provide your immune system with a much-needed boost before autumn arrives? We’re not promising a cure to COVID-19, but let's take a look at some excellent (and tasty) suggestions that are easy to adopt. You can therefore remain confident that you are fully prepared for whatever the remainder of 2020 has in store.

The Importance of Certain Vitamins

Why do some individuals become sicker than others? While there are several factors which can come into play, it is a well-known fact that a deficiency in specific vitamins can lower our immune systems. This is particularly the case when referring to vitamin C and the vitamin B complex. So, it only makes sense that we should consume plenty of foods high in these substances. The majority of fruits contain high levels of vitamin C. These include:

  • Citrus fruits (lemons, oranges and grapefruit)
  • Strawberries and raspberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Leafy greens such as spinach and cabbage
Vitamin B is another must-have nutrient if you wish to bolster your immune defenses. Not only can vitamin B help to prevent infections, but it has also been shown to boost cellular health, to increase digestive efficiency, to improve the function of your brain, and to ensure good eyesight. The good news is that plenty of foods will provide you with an ample dose such as:
  • Whole grains (including brown rice and barley)
  • Seeds and nuts
  • Dark leafy green vegetables
  • Citrus fruits, bananas and avocados
  • Milk, cheese and eggs
All of these foods are also quite tasty and they can be prepared in a number of different ways. So, you can remain healthy without having to resort to multivitamins alone.

Heart-Boosting Benefits

While maintaining a healthy immune system is obviously important throughout the year, some of us have a tendency to overlook the beneficial impacts that some foods can have upon the cardiovascular system. There are many foods that are good for the heart and you might be surprised to learn of the variety at your disposal. Here are some interesting examples:
  • Raspberries, blackberries and blueberries.
  • Nuts and legumes
  • Natural vegetable crisps
  • Dark chocolate (an excellent source of antioxidants)
It is therefore clear to see that maintaining a healthy heart does not signify that you will be forced to eat bland foods. Of course, maintaining

A strong heart and immune system also involves other suggestions such as getting plenty of exercise, obtaining the recommended amount of sleep every night and quitting smoking. If you are able to make these healthy changes, you will be much better prepared for the upcoming flu season.

This is a guest blog entry.

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