Maintaining a good immune system is key to preventing a lot of illness. Most of the milder diseases such as flu and winter colds can actually be prevented completely as long as your body maintains a high level of immunity against viruses and bacteria. You will feel so much better and have more energy for everyday tasks too.
Your body’s immune system can be enhanced with the help of the right nutrients. To help you get started, here are some of the food items and nutrients that can really boost your immune system to its ideal level.
Vitamin C and Citrus Fruits
Vitamin C and antioxidants are the most important nutrients to consume if you want to maintain your immune system. The body does not produce vitamin C on its own, and it does not store the vitamin C you consume either. Citrus fruits are the best sources of these nutrients, which is why consuming them regularly should be part of your diet.
Popular citrus fruits you can easily get from the market are oranges, lemons, and grapefruit. These fruits are easy to consume – since they can be eaten directly – and can be turned into delicious smoothies or other desserts that are just as tasty. You can also add a dash of lime juice to the dishes you cook to get vitamin C.
Red bell peppers are also great as a source of vitamin C. Peppers are rich in vitamin C and beta carotene, but red bell peppers contain twice as much as vitamin C as oranges and other citrus fruits. Again, red peppers are easy to add to various dishes, so you can add them to your diet just as easily.
Berberine is another great antibacterial nutrient that can help boost your immune system. Regular consumption of berberine can help boost your body’s immune system and reduce the risks of bacterial infection by a substantial margin. You can even consume berberine to reduce inflammation effectively.
Berberine can be found in Oregon grape, European barberry, and several other plants. The easiest way to add berberine to your diet, however, is through supplements. You can find out more about the best supplements to try and how (and where) to get them from this page: https://liftmode.com/blog/where-to-buy-berberine/
Vitamin E and Almonds
I personally love adding almonds to my diet. They are easy to work with and go really well with a wide range of cuisines. Chopped almonds on top of yogurt or ice cream add that unique flavor you can’t get from other food items.
Almonds are also rich in vitamin E, which is also an important nutrient to consume if you want to maintain your body’s immune system. All nuts are good for us. Almonds, in particular, aren’t just rich in vitamin E; they are also rich in the healthy fats needed by the body to process them.
There are other food items that contain vitamins and minerals needed by the body to maintain a healthy immune system. These items we covered in this article, however, are great for those of you who are just getting started and want to supercharge your immune system immediately.