Fall is here, and it is prime time for battling flus, colds, and viruses. There are many healing types of foods for boosting immunity, but the Florida physicians and experts at Weight Success Centers have narrowed it down to five plant-based foods for achieving better health this fall.
Powerful Plant-Based Ways to Boost Your Immune System
When feeling sick, you might make a steamy bowl of chicken-noodle soup or a cup of herbal tea with raw honey. While these are great choices, they are not your only options. Study after study shows that daily consumption of fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based foods can help boost your immune system and reduce your risk of diseases and illnesses. This fall, enjoy the benefits of these healthy foods featuring disease-fighting chemicals, antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals:
1.) GARLIC: For centuries, different cultures around the world have used garlic as a home remedy to fight off infections. Does it work? Yes, scientifically, garlic is one of the best anti-viral and anti-bacterial foods. The garlic bulb contains sulfur compounds to activate liver enzymes and flush out toxins. A raw, uncooked clove of garlic can provide a mega-dose of minerals and healing properties. We also encourage you to enjoy the powerful, flavorful, immune-boosting benefits of chopped garlic sautéed in your favorite fall dishes.
2.) MUSHROOMS: You might not know that mushrooms are great for your immune system. The best immune-boosting fungi varieties include Reishi, Shiitake, Turkey Tails, and Maitake. These help you battle viruses and bacteria, while also strengthening your body’s ability to fight off infection. Specifically, Maitake and Shiitake are the most scrumptious. They are available in fresh or dried form for use in mushroom recipes. We recommend adding mushrooms to your favorite soups or stews, or simply sauté them in olive oil with garlic and healing vegetables.
3.) CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES: Speaking of healing vegetables, you can’t go wrong when choosing a cruciferous veggie. Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, and others are all high in fiber, which helps to reduce bloating and heal the digestive tract, which is central command for your immune system. If you experience digestive discomfort from raw cruciferous vegetables, try steaming them or baking them with herbs to make them tastier, softer, and easier to digest.
4.) LEAFY GREENS: Much like cruciferous veggies, studies show that antioxidants in leafy greens also play an important role in maintaining a healthy gut. Of course, leafy greens like kale, spinach, arugula, and other varieties are also loaded with immune-boosting vitamins and antioxidants to protect your body from free radicals. For example, some contain the antioxidant Lutein, which supports cell development and supports a healthy immune system.
5.) PUMPKIN AND SQUASH: : We saved fall’s best foods for last. Now is a wonderful time to gorge on gourds. Tasty varieties like pumpkin and butternut squash are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and carotene to boost your immunity, support healthy skin, and protect your eyes. Squash and pumpkins also pack a powerful amount of fiber to promote healthy digestion.
The Florida physicians at Weight Success Centers are here to help men and women enjoy balanced lives through good nutrition and healthy lifestyles. Contact us today for more information.
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