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Immune Boosting Foods

Hello Blazer Nation! We have all heard that the flu is going on strong this year! We did some research and found foods that will help your immune system stay strong. Get your grocery list ready to take note of the following 10 foods that will boost your immune system. 

Citrus Fruits: These fruits are high on vitamin C, which increases the production of white blood cells. Those cells are key to help your body fight infections! Your body does not produce or store vitamin C, so you need to make sure you eat it daily. Some examples of citrus are: Oranges, tangerines, lemons, limes, grapefruit and clementines. 

Broccoli: This vegetable is full of vitamins (A, C & E) minerals, antioxidants and fiber. Try eating it raw to obtain all of the nutrients this vegetable has to offer.

Ginger: Ginger helps decrease inflammation and chronic pain. It also has cholesterol-lowering properties.

Yogurt: Choose plain and unsweetened, and make sure it has “live and active cultures”. Those will stimulate your immune system. Yogurt is also an excellent source of vitamin D.

Spinach: Rich in vitamin C and packed with different antioxidants and beta-carotene. Like broccoli, it’s better to eat it raw so it preserves all its nutrients.

Garlic: It helps fighting infections, lowers blood pressure and slows down hardening of the arteries.

Papaya: This fruit is also very high in vitamin C, which we already discussed the properties. Did you know that by eating a piece of this fruit you can get double the daily recommended amount of vitamin C? This fruit also has anti-inflammatory properties, high potassium levels, vitamin B and folate. 

Kiwi: Another fruit packed with vitamin C! Kiwis are not only packed with vitamin C but also, folate, potassium and vitamin K. All of the essential elements of a healthy diet.

Turmeric: This spice is anti-inflammatory and it is used to treat different types of arthritis. It can also help decrease exercise-induced muscle damage.

Green Tea: Green tea has high levels of antioxidants and amino acids that help your immune system in the production of germ-fighting compounds in your T-cells.

We hope that this article was helpful and it motivated you to keep a healthy diet. Be mindful of what goes on your body! What you eat matters; you can prevent and reverse so many health problems by fueling your body with the right foods!


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