Fighting fit: The best foods for your immune system
A healthy diet is the best way to keep our immune systems fighting fit. But finding the best foods can sometimes be a time-consuming challenge, which is why we’ve done it for you. So, if you’re looking for an easy way to keep your immune system fired up this flu season, check out five of the best immune-boosting foods we use to make our uber-healthy, great-tasting super shots.
Ginger is a delicious source of antioxidants that may reverse chronic inflammation, a lingering immune response that keeps the body in a constant state of alertness, increasing the risk of illnesses from cancer to asthma. Luckily, ginger is a force to be reckoned with that’s loaded with potent antiviral, antibacterial and anticancer properties. It tastes great too, especially when blended with citrus fruits like lemon. Like ginger, lemon is packed with anti-inflammatory agents which reduce internal swelling and promote repair.
If you’re in the mood for an earthy taste, then beetroot is the food for you. It’s full of iron and folate, which keeps red blood cells healthy and enhances the immune system’s power to fight off illness. They can also prevent anaemia, a condition that decreases immune function and the ability to fight infections. It also gives a healthy dose of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that promotes the absorption of iron, supports pathogen barriers and even kills bacteria.
At number three is the earthy, sweet taste of crunchy carrots, which give you a hearty dose of vitamin C, and remove free radicals. They help repair damaged cells, combat inflammation and give your body a generous supply of beta-carotene, which increases disease-fighting cells. They also help build immune-system defending antibodies to keep the pesky winter flu at bay.
If you’re looking for a tasty way to chase off the winter flu, try pomegranates. The juice from a single pomegranate has 40 percent of your daily requirement of vitamin C, and a high concentration of antioxidants to prevent oxidative stress and damage. They also give a generous dose of the immune-boosting nutrient, vitamin E, and are currently being studied for their effects on infections and viruses.
5. Black Pepper
A sprinkle of black pepper makes meals delicious and super healthy. Like the foods listed above, black pepper has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial benefits which do wonders for your immune system. It tastes great in drinks too. For generations, many people in South India have added black pepper to their morning coffee to kick start their day.
Drink in the goodness
Here at Zero Percent, we know the stresses of modern life sometimes make the time-consuming pursuit of healthy eating a challenge. That’s why we use 100% organic blends of fruits and botanicals to create the Ayurveda Super Shot; a convenient way to get your goodness. Available in four delicious flavours, the ancient recipes make healthy living easier and more delicious than ever before.
Making use of nature’s superfoods can make a world of difference to your well-being. So, don’t delay. Give them a try today!