1. Citrus Fruits (Orange, Lemon, Blood Orange, Grapefruit, Lime)
Nearly all citrus fruits are high in Vitamin C. Vitamin C increases the production of white blood cells which help fight infection like cold and flu, by building up the immune system.
Yogurt is a good source of Vitamin D and ‘live cultures’ which may stimulate the immune system to help fight diseases. Try to avoid yogurt with lots of added flavour and sugar – Greek yogurt is best.
3. Green Tea
Green Tea is high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. It is not only one of the top recommend products for weight loss and but also for fighting colds. Because Green Tea is antibacterial and antifungal, studies have shown that it can fight off cold and flu starting bacteria.
4. Berries (Acai Berry, Raspberry, Cranberry, Goji Berry, Blackberry, Strawberry)
Berries are known for their high antioxidant properties, boosting immunity and lowering inflammation in the body – Acai Berry is especially high in antioxidants.
A tiny treat with amazing immune boosting power! Almonds help the body absorb nutrients such as Vitamin A. Vitamin A may help with healthy skin, stronger bones and supporting a stronger immune system during the flu season. Other nuts know to boost immunity include; Peanuts, Cashews, Brazil Nuts, Macadamia, Walnuts and Hazelnuts.
Kiwi Fruit is extremely high in Vitamin C (almost twice that of lemons and oranges) and often referred to as a power food. The antioxidant compounds in Kiwi Fruit have proven to boost the immune system against harmful germs.
Ginger is an ingredient commonly used to treat colds. Ginger can help reduce inflammation and has even been known to even reduce a sore throat.
Not only is pineapple great for aiding digestion, it also has been known to have other medicinal benefits which include; boosting the immune system, assisting with respiratory health, reducing inflammation and helping fight coughs and colds.
9. Protein Powder
Protein Powder is a great way to balance diet and boost immune function. Protein powders contains essential amino acids that the body needs for healthy immune function, as well as energy and muscle recovery.
Spinach is super rich in Vitamin C and full of antioxidants and beta carotene, which can help the body to fight infection, therefore boosting metabolism.
When making your next smoothie try using at least 5 of the above ingredients – not only will your smoothie taste great, you it will also help boost your immune system and decrease your chances of catching a cold or flu this year.
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