When you pick up a virus, your immune system kicks into gear to protect your body, so keeping your immune system strong is a great way to look after your health. Here are six dietician-approved drinks to strengthen your immunity.
drink your greens
Eating (or drinking) more fruits and veggies will strengthen your immune system. Adding veggies to a morning smoothie will provide vitamin C and iron—both essential for a healthy immune system.
honey and lemon
It isn’t just an old wives’ tale—a warm honey and lemon drink will support your immunity. Lemons are rich in vitamin C, which helps boost immunity. Honey has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.
almond milk (with vitamin B12)
Vitamin B12 helps to reduce fatigue and assists the immune system. The main sources are animal products, so if you’re vegetarian or vegan, it can be difficult to get enough vitamin B12. So try adding vitamin B12–fortified almond milk to your smoothie, hot drink, or cooking.
Drinking more water is good for your health in general and your immune system in particular. Try infusing your water with berries or citrus fruits for a delicious drink with extra vitamin C.
Adding a handful of nuts to a smoothie is a delicious way to incorporate extra vitamins and minerals. Nuts contain a combination of at least 28 essential nutrients, including vitamin E, iron, and zinc—three nutrients that are vital for supporting your body’s natural defenses.
Whether as a tea or infused in water, ginger is an ideal go-to when the weather cools. It’s been used as a traditional medicine for centuries, and modern science supports its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.
building your immunity
healthy gut foods
A healthy immune system starts with good gut bacteria. For this, you need probiotics: live bacteria that are beneficial to your gut microbiome; and prebiotics, which feed probiotics. Find probiotics in fermented foods, such as yogurt and sourdough bread. You’ll find prebiotics in legumes and veggies like asparagus and onions.
Healthy fats can help regulate your immune system’s response to infection, so load up on nuts, avocado, and olive oil.
powerful plant protection
Phytonutrients are chemicals released from plants that help them stay healthy. You can reap the same benefits by eating plenty of plant foods. Phytonutrient-rich foods include colorful fruits and veggies, legumes, nuts, whole grains, and many herbs and spices.
Article courtesy of Sanitarium Health Food Company. Visit sanitarium.com.au and subscribe to Wholicious Living for more great health and nutrition info each month.