Ahhh Fall. Filled with leaves, sweaters, bonfires, and unfortunately, colds. It seems like everyone and their brother has come down with the sniffles. Even my roommate’s cat won’t stop sneezing. I refuse to get sick this year. Ain’t nobody got time for that. My first line of defense: Foods and supplements that will keep my immune system armed and ready.
1. Citrus Elixir
The Vitamin C found in citrus fruits such as oranges, tangerines, and lemons build up your immune system and increases the production of white blood cells. Your white blood cells fight bacteria, viruses, and germs that make their way into your body. Think of them as a microscopic army that defends you from colds and the flu. Try this recipe for a smoothie chock-full of immune boosting vitamin C.
- 1 whole orange
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1/2 cup low fat, plain greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup ice cubes
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Red Bell Peppers
Thought that vitamin C was just found in citrus? Well think again! Red bell peppers actually provide TWICE the amount of vitamin C as citrus. My favorite way to eat them? Stuffed peppers!
Not only is garlic awesome for warding off vampires, but it also gives your immune system a little boost from its sulfur-containing compounds. Try seasoning your chicken with garlic the next time you are meal-prepping.
4. Green Tea
Even though I am definitely “team coffee”, I can’t ignore the fact that green tea has loads of health benefits. This drink has high levels of an antioxidant called EGCG that enhances immune function. It also is a good source of L-theanine (an amino acid) that helps produce germ-fighting cells. My favorite green tea happens to be this Superantioxidant Green Tea.
The active cultures found in greek yogurt may help your immune system fight off any enemies (aka germs and colds) that make their way into your body. For an extra immunity boost, throw some papaya or kiwi on top. Both of these fruits are loaded with vitamin C.
Via GUADS staff member Angelina with contributions from Healthline.com