7 Foods That Help Boost The Immune System
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7 Foods That Help Boost The Immune System

Oyekunle Idowu

The immune system consists of organs, cells, tissues, and proteins. Together, these carry out bodily processes that fight off pathogens, which are the viruses, bacteria, and foreign bodiethealts that cause infections or disease.

When the immune system comes into contact with a pathogen, it triggers an immune response. The immune system releases antibodies, which attach to antigens.

A strong immune system helps to keep a person healthy.

Can specific foods boost the immune system? The answer is YES...

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted communities around the world, many people have wondered whether there are steps they can take to stay healthy.

Everyday preventive measures, such as handwashing, avoiding contact with sick individuals, and good hygiene, can go a long way in reducing your risk of contacting a virus, bacteria, and other pathogens.

But studies have also shown that healthy diets, lifestyle, and habits, can help boost the body’s natural defences.

Here are some healthy foods that can help boost the body’s natural defences:

1. Citrus Fruits

Fruits such as oranges and grapefruit, are known for their high Vitamin C content.

2. Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate contains an antioxidant called theobromine, which may help to boost the immune system by protecting the body’s cells from free radicals.

3. Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are rich in beta carotene, a type of antioxidant that gives the skin of the potatoes its orange color. Beta carotene is a source of vitamin A.

4. Garlic

Garlic’s immune-boosting properties seem to come from a heavy concentration of sulfur-containing compounds, such as allicin.

5. Ginger

Ginger may help decrease inflammation, which can help reduce a sore throat and other inflammatory illnesses.

Ginger may also help decrease nausea.

6. Baked Beans

With its richness in Zinc, baked beans contains an essential mineral involved in the production of certain immune cells.

7. Oily Fish

This includes mackerel, tuna, salmon, sardines, herring, and trout (rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids).

The following lifestyle strategies may make a person’s immune system stronger:

▪avoiding smoking

▪exercising regularly

▪maintaining a healthy weight

▪avoiding alcohol or drinking in moderation

▪getting enough sleep

▪minimizing stress

▪practicing correct hand-washing and oral hygiene.

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