3 Foods That Help Boost Your Immune System

3 Foods to Build Immunity


Add several foods that boost the immune system into your diet, and you will have a powerful weapon that fights off colds and flu. Immunity-boosting foods contain certain properties that work together with your body to increase its disease-fighting potential. A strong immunity will keep you healthy in the presence of contagious pathogens, especially during the winter months.


Coconut oil, chicken broth, and sauerkraut are three examples of foods that can help boost your body's defenses. Regularly keep these foods on your personal menu throughout the year for continued immune support.


Coconut Oil


Coconut oil has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties that effectively take down invading pathogens. It is high in lauric acid, which is converted into a disease-fighting fatty acid called monolaurin. The lauric acid found in mother's milk also produces this beneficial nutrient, and helps keep infants from becoming infected with viruses and bacteria.


Coconut Oil is versatile and easily added to any diet. Use it for cooking and baking in place of vegetable oil. It may also be used to cook rice, giving it a light coconut flavor.


Chicken Broth


Homemade chicken broth has been used as an immune-boosting food for centuries. Its easily-absorbed nutrients, including minerals and amino acids, make chicken broth an effective flu-fighter. The prepared chicken broth that is found in stores does not have the same effect, as it is generally watered down and often includes MSG or other artificial ingredients.


Chicken bone broth is simple to make. Simply save the bones from your chicken dinner and refrigerate. Within a few days, cover the bones with water in a stock pot. Add your favorite herbs and spices, then simmer for eight hours. Let the broth cool, then pour it through a strainer.


Use the broth to cook vegetables, rice, or make soup. You may also use it in recipes that call for chicken broth.


Sauerkraut


Fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, yogurt, and pickles, are loaded with beneficial bacteria that help kill off any unwanted pathogens. Viruses and bacteria that cause illness are actually destroyed by the good bacteria you have all along your digestive tract, beginning in your mouth. We tend to fear bacteria, but without them humans couldn't survive.


Probiotic foods are actually quite simple to make at home. Sauerkraut requires only salt, water, and an airtight jar for fermentation. Many vegetables may be fermented on your countertop. If you would rather avoid using salt, there are vegetable fermenting cultures available that you may use instead.


Using foods that boost the immune system in your diet can help keep whatever is "going around" from affecting you. Regularly use coconut oil, chicken broth, and sauerkraut in your daily meals and enjoy the benefits of healthy immunity.



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