10 Ways to Boost Your Immune System This Winter (Part 2)

immune systemIf the first 5 ways to boost your immune system isn’t enough, check out these tips, as well.¬† Then, leave your ideas in the comments section…we can never be too cautious, right?

6. Cook nutrient rich dinners. Use a wide variety of vegetables such as sweet potatoes, cabbage and carrots to make soups, stews and casseroles that provide a good mix of antioxidants. Garlic and onion contain potent antibacterial antiviral and antifungal properties, so try adding some of these to each dish you cook.

7. Take advantage of seasonal produce. Oranges, kiwis, grapefruit and lemons are in season each winter. All of these contain high levels of Vitamin C, which has long been shown to help fight infection by enhancing immune system functionality. Not a fan of citrus? A new study by Oregon State University has found that red grapes and blueberries may also give your immune system a boost.

8. Drink more hot tea. For thousands of years the Chinese has used tea to treat many ailments including colds and coughs, body aches and pains. Most types of tea are a natural source of antioxidants¬†called flavonoids, which help strengthen the body’s immune system. Good options to try are ginger, Echinacea tea and green teas.

9. Reduce your intake of sweets and salty snacks. Sugar, potato chips and other refined foods suppress the immune system and load you up with empty calories that are devoid of the essential nutrients you need to stay healthy.

10. Exercise regularly. Something as simple as a daily walk or job will release toxins and rev up your metabolism. In addition, when your body heats up, you produce more white blood cells, which are basically the immune system’s army!

….and now it’s your turn to leave your comments with healthy immune system-boosting tips!

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