To get a flu shot or not to get a flu shot, that is the question. Or is it? Keeping yourself and your family healthy this winter can be a simple matter of eating the right combination of foods.
If you ensure that you are taking in enough antioxidants, fiber, enzymes, vitamins and minerals, your immune system can be your partner in staving off winter illnesses. Here are the grocery items you need plenty of.
- Green and white tea. What better way to stimulate your immune system than to curl up with a hot cup of tea?
- Garlic. Blame your breath on your desire to live a healthy lifestyle if you must, but incorporate plenty of this natural antibiotic into your diet if you want to give your immune system a boost.
- Lemons, lemons and more lemons. Viruses thrive in acidic conditions, but lemons provide the kind of healthy bacteria needed for a balance in acid-alkali levels. It doesn’t hurt that every squeeze of a lemon gives you a fresh taste of summer either, right? And, lemons make great drinks and are great additions to lots of foods, including fish.
- Kidney beans and chickpeas are great immune boosters. All of the beans in the legume family provide healthful benefits, but these two in particular pack a powerful protein punch.
- Brazil nuts are not just delicious. Nuts vary in their healthy levels of fats and protein, but the Brazil nut is the king when it comes to providing antioxidants. Eat them by the handful.
If you pack your pantry with these simple ingredients and do your best to limit your stress levels, you should be well on your way to a naturally strong immune system.