Flu season is here and with viruses lurking in buses, metro, around the workplace and in daycare, it’s always a good idea to strengthen your immune system. There are many ways to boost your defenses against flu and colds this season. Besides the classic tips like drinking a lot of water, having a good night sleep and having a good diet, there are some other important ways to give your immune system a boost.
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Have a cup of tea: The powerful antioxidants found in green tea are also helpful to boost immune function. Chamomile tea is another tea that could help to fights flu and colds. This herbal tea contains polyphenols, some of which have been associated with antibacterial activity.
Fight back with fiber: Your body naturally produces a specific type of white blood cells that fights bacteria, viruses and other intruders. One way to support the production of those special white blood cells is to eat beta-glucans, a component of dietary fiber. Try a bowl of steel-cut oats with a spoonful of ground flaxseed for maximum effect.
Feast on asparagus and watermelon: Glutathione, a potent antioxidant found in asparagus and watermelon, fortifies cells against infections. Eating foods rich in glutathione could help to support your immune system.
Stock on proteins: Proteins are the building blocks of your body, including your immune system. People eating less protein often eat more carbs, which convert rapidly to glucose, creating peaks in blood sugar and stressing the immune system. Protein also contains an important amino acid called cysteine, which converts to glutathione in the body.
Spice it up: Capsaicin, the substance the gives hot peppers their fire, can fight colds before they start. Research has shown that a daily dose of capsaicin could lead to three times more antibody-producing cells. More antibodies mean fewer flu and colds.
Lose weight: Maintaining a healthy weight not only improves your overall health, but also will shape up your immune system. In a study conducted by Tufts University, slightly overweight people who cut 100 to 200 calories from their daily food intake not only lost some weight but also boosted their immune system response to disease-causing microorganism.