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Food-Based Immunity

Protecting your body may be as easy as putting the right foods in your mouth.

You take multiple multi-vitamins, wash your hands every 30 minutes, and keep far away from anyone with any sign or symptom of allergy, cold, or flu. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was some other way you could build up your body’s immune system against attack? There is.
With the right foods, your immune system will get a consistent helping hand in the battle against illness. What foods will help you the most?

Beef may not be the first thing that comes to mind when trying to boost your body’s immune system, but getting a little beef in your diet goes a long way toward helping you fend off illnesses and infections of all kind. In the event you’re a vegetarian, you may need to get zinc supplement to make up for your no-beef-eating ways.

Not only do they improve your vision, but carrots also give your immune system an instant boost. The known power of carrots is in their abundance of beta-carotene, which helps your skin (your first line of defense against many illnesses) stay strong. Researchers are also studying other properties of carrots that also help you fend off various cancers. For the greatest boost, eat your carrots raw.

It seems that chicken noodle soup shouldn’t be relegated to your sick bed any more. That’s because this brothy standby keeps inflammatory white cells from getting to your bronchial tubes and reduces congestion by keeping your mucous thin.

If you’ve not eaten fish or shellfish recently, what are you waiting for? Not only do crabs and oysters come with an enormous amount of immune-system-boosting selenium, but fish like salmon are filled with world-acclaimed omega-3 fatty acids, one of the greatest ways to build immunity against the flu.

Garlic isn’t just for fighting vampires any more. Filled with compounds that play an integral part in your body’s ability to fight off infections, garlic should be a regular part of your immunity-building diet as well. Just be careful not to eat too much garlic unless you want to have that delectable garlic smell follow you everywhere you go.

Toss a few shiitake or maitake mushrooms into your favorite spaghetti sauce and your immune system will thank you. They taste great and give the same benefit whether you cook them just right or burn them black as night.

Everybody knows that oranges are filled with immunity-building vitamin C. In addition to their vitamin perks, oranges taste great and can be prepared in many ways, whether sliced, as orange juice, or combined with one of your favorite dishes. Build up your immunity with some orange today!

Drinking tea may seem like a good idea once you’re laid up in bed with the cold or flu, but doing it beforehand may keep you from getting sick in the first place. Black tea seems to be most powerful for fending off potential illness and infection, but green tea also reaps the same rewards. And while a bladder-filling five cups a day would be ideal, drinking any amount of tea on a regular basis will help.

Yogurt, which is made of bacteria, is one of the best of the best when it comes to building up your immune system. Unlike other bacteria, the bacteria found in yogurt actually improve your good health by cleaning out any disease-causing germs that try to take residence in your stomach and intestinal tract.