During winter, many of us try to avoid colds, flus, and other sicknesses. Fortunately, there is an array of natural food sources available to help you fight illness and support your immune system. The experts at Tampa-based Weight Success Centers LLC have a list of nutritious, immune-boosting tips to help men and women around Florida and across the nation.

 

Plant-Based Diets for Your Immune System

Many studies show that plant-based diets rich in colorful fruits and vegetables can help keep you healthy and support your resistance to illnesses and infections. We all know that citrus foods containing vitamin C as well as foods with nutrients like zinc can support your immune system. Although take note, there are many other food sources that could help you avoid getting sick.

Three of the best anti-viral and anti-bacterial foods are garlic, ginger, and honey, which can all be found in most Tampa Bay area grocery stores for half the price of many over-the-counter cold remedies. The immune-boosting power of these foods is achieved by consuming them fresh and uncooked, such as in dressings, smoothies, teas, or atop special recipes. Honey is a popular choice, but for maximum benefits, be sure to choose raw, unpasteurized honey (preferably from local bees).

Additionally, certain varieties of mushrooms (Reishi, Shiitake, Turkey Tails, and Maitake) are powerful in supporting the immune system. They may help kill certain viruses and bacteria, while also strengthening the immune system. Maitake and shiitake are delicious and available in fresh or dried form for use in your favorite mushroom recipes.

 

3 Ways to Cook up Better Health

1) A great way to add mushrooms to your diet is by sautéing them in olive oil with healthy vegetables. If you enjoy soup or stew, you might as well add immune-boosting fungi to the pot.

2) Hot beverages are a fantastic option for the winter months. For example, make a steamy cup of hot water with chopped ginger, fresh lemon juice, and raw honey. For an extra kick, add a pinch of cayenne.

3) Homemade fire cider is worth mentioning as a special tonic and decongestant with anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Depending on your personal tastes and medical condition, you may change up the recipe, but the common ingredients are garlic, ginger, onion, horseradish root, chili peppers, apple cider vinegar, and raw honey. You must infuse the plant material with the apple cider vinegar for four to six weeks. After that time, the mixture is strained and the honey is added for taste. The robust result is sweet, sour, and hot. During flu season, a traditional dose may be 1 tablespoon a day diluted in water, juice, or tea. Fire cider is quite powerful, which is why Weight Success Centers’ experts encourage you to check with a physician before adding this tonic to your diet.

The physicians and experts at Weight Success Centers are happy to provide more information about healthy living and medical solutions. Contact us today to take your first step to better health!

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