All of us are concerned for our personal and our families’ health. You may be willing to spend hard-earned cash to see a doctor when a child gets the sniffles or dole out the cash at a nutritionist’s just to find out what you and your family should eat.

While seeking professional help is, by no means, discouraged, a bit more effort on our parts to actually research and look into these matters will definitely prove invaluable in our quest for good health.

So, without further ado, let me present to you a list of the basic household foods that have been proven, without a shadow of a doubt, to be greatly beneficial for the human body’s immune system. Add these to your family meals will to give those defenders a much-needed boost and see the difference for yourself.

Fish and seafood:

The produce of the sea is the best source of selenium, a trace element that is, basically, vital fuel for white blood cells. Crabs, oysters and lobsters provide it in abundance, enabling the cells to work their magic and clear out viruses.

Similarly, fish such as mackerel, herring and salmon are providers of omega-3 fats. These are known to have vital anti-inflammatory properties, while also helping increase airflow and affording protection to the lungs. Last but certainly not the least, these fats also speed up the activity of bacteria-eating white blood cells!

Garlic:

One of the most powerful immune boosters around,it is not only an antioxidant that helps clean your bloodstream but also augments the performance of white blood cells, which are one of the most potent infection-fighting tools humans possess.

Tea:

Be it green or black, teas are sure-shot way to increase your body’s potency to fight the flu and other diseases. A Harvard study proved that people who consumed five cups of black tea for two weeks had an almost thousand percent increase in virus-combating capabilities.

Both black and green teas also possess L-theanine, an amino acid known for its immune boosting properties, while also being a great source of proper hydration. All the more reason, we say!

Sweet Potatoes:

The main nutrient found in the tuberous roots is Vitamin A, which not only helps regulate the immune system but also offers important protection against infections by contributing to the well-being of your skin and the tissues in your mouth, stomach, intestines and respiratory tract.

Mushrooms:

It has been shown that these little ones are efficient inincreasing the production and activity of white blood cells, adding more steel to their resilience. The most immune-boosting abilities are said to be found in theshitake, maitake and reishi mushrooms.

Chicken Soup:

Once again it’s an amino acid that comes to the fore as a potent immune booster. This time it is cysteine, which is found in cooked chicken and broth. This good guy intercepts the movement of inflammatory white cells and keeps the spread of infections in check. Oh, and soup just feels plain awesome in the winters!

Citrus Fruits:

A no-brainer, as we have constantly heard about the Vitamin C treasure trove that is to be found within this fruit family since our childhood days. Turns out, now that we actually pay attention, that Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and vital for efficient functioning of the immune system. It also protects the body from infection by increasing formation of antibodies.

Ginger:

Another super strong antioxidant that is a cold-blooded killer of bacteria and viruses, garlic also goes the extra mile and helps reduce congestion and the production of swelling-inducing cytokines.

Honey:

As natural as it gets, really! Thus, little surprise here to know that honey also harbors antioxidant and antimicrobial qualities, while its soothing effect on sore throats is a known plus.

Yogurt/Kefir:

Both are cultured dairy products that provide our bodies the good bacteria that it so badly needs. They are full of live probiotic bacteria, known to play a direct role in ascertaining immune system efficiency. Some go to the extent of claiming that the live cultures in yogurt and kefir can actually help stop colds from progressing beyond the initial stages!

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