It is becoming that time of year again! I love the fall, with it’s beautiful colors, fuzzy sweaters, and hot cocoa. I do not however love the sickness! It is not fun at all! But I wanted to help you out with some immune boosting foods to add to your meal routines. This way you can enjoy eating as well as feeling healthy and strong!
Yogurt– great probiotic to clean out your gut! Health starts in your gut, so take care of it!
Oats– Full of Beta-glucan, a type of fiber that aids in healing and preventing sickness
Garlic– Seriously my favorite! I love to load my meals with garlic. It contains allicin, which fights infection. Great for your heart too!
Shellfish– Helps your white blood cells produce specific proteins that help clear out viruses.
Chicken Soup– Yes, there is a reason you want it when you are sick! While the chicken is cooking it releases an amino acid that blocks the migration of inflammatory white cells. Plus the sodium helps control mucus. Double win! Add some garlic onion and you’ve got a powerhouse of healing food!
Sweet Potatoes– Helps your skin which is your first line of defense against viruses and bacteria. Take care of your front-line!
Mushrooms– considered a super food and it increases the production and activity of your white blood cells. Which means they will fight harder for you!
Onions– Breaks up mucus in your head and chest. They can also increase circulation to get your blood flowing better. They are said to absorb toxins, so some put slices on their feet or by their bed when they are sick. I’ve never tried it, but there are those who swear by it!
Ginger– This amazing root can soothe your sore throat, encourages coughing to get rid of mucus, and can reduce a fever.
In addition to all these foods, consider trying some good quality essential oils. There are some amazing ones out there, and I have had some great experiences using them on my sick kids and myself. They can prevent sickness or help you recover a lot quicker. Contact me if you need more information or are curious about essential oils.