The year is 2021 and if you haven’t hopped on the “wave” of healthy living… well now is the time! With the covid pandemic still active and impacting us in more ways than one, it is critical that we focus more on ways to boost our immune system. If you’ve been unsure of where to start, I am here to save the day…once again *inserts laugh track*. In all seriousness, I am here to guide you in the start of your immune boosting journey. Let’s jump straight into it, scroll down to change your life 🙂
Now listen, I know what you’re thinking… Vitamins aren’t some new discovery for protecting our health. I know! Many ways to boost your immune system have been heard of before, however, it is the implementation that seems to be the problem. I look at vitamins as our Superman to Louis Lane or Spiderman to Mary Jane. The one that protects us and keeps us safe… cheesy I know, but 100% true. Vitamins protects our eyes from night blindness, strengthens our bones, promotes hair growth, lowers risks of certain cancers, the list goes on. Here are 2 vitamins that target protecting and strengthening our immune health.
1. Vitamin C
The Queen of vitamins if I must say. Aside from protecting us from things such as cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and skin wrinkling, it protects our immune system. Vitamin C supports various cellular functions within the innate and adaptive immune system. This vitamin helps stimulate the production and function of different types of white blood cells in our body, which helps our body fight off illnesses. Vitamin C also assists our body in producing antibodies that protect our immune health. Now where exactly can you get this source? Orange juice, kale, mustard spinach, fruits, lemons, Emergen- C packets, vitamin capsules, to name a few.
2. Vitamin D3
Let’s move on to another important vitamin, D3. I’m sure you’ve heard about this vitamin and it’s role of strengthening our skin and bones. But did you also know that it supports our immune system? Similar to Vitamin C, Vitamin D3 also plays a role in regulating our innate and adaptive immune responses. A vital part of Vitamin D3 combating viruses is balance. If there is too much stimulation, autoimmune disease can occur. If there isn’t enough stimulation then frequent infections can arise. With Vitamin D receptors being on the surfaces of all white blood cells, we must ensure that we are taking in an adequate amount of it. Sources? Fish, egg yolks, mushrooms, vitamin capsules, and soy milk.
This section may seem simple, considering that food is an essential to life. However, it is the kind of foods we eat that makes all the difference. Let’s dive right in shall we?
1. Citrus fruits
You gotta love a good juicy piece of fruit! Not only are they juicy, sour and sweet, but they are also rich in elements needed to help our bodies properly function. Citrus fruits are full of vitamins and plant compounds. They are a great source of vitamin c, fiber, and low in calories. They can reduce the risk of kidney stones, protect against cancer, and boost heart health. Our immune system responds well to the citrus of the fruits, which in return protects us from illnesses. So what are some of these citrus fruits? Sweet oranges, mandarines, limes, grapefruits, lemons and citron.
Now I know I may lose a few of you on this one but hear me out. I know when we were kids our parents used to force us to eat greens and we hated it. Time has passed now and surely our taste buds have matured…? Well if you are skeptical about trying those greens again, let me inform you of their great benefits. Greens like spinach and broccoli are supercharged with vitamins and minerals that help combat any unwanted intruders in our bodies. They are also rich in fiber and other antioxidants. The key is to cook them for as little as possible or simply eat them fresh. Overcooking them can release some of the benefits packed inside.
Of course I saved my secret weapon for last! The good ole herbs. I’m sure some of you have ran to google to figure out what exactly herbs are. Like I stated in the beginning, I’m here to save the day! Now close that browser and get back to this article! Herbs are crushed leaves, seeds, or flowers that are used for flavoring, medicine or even perfume. Interesting, I know. Here are 2 to pick up at your next trip to Natural Grocers or The Vtimanin Shoppe.
Turmeric has been used for years as a healthy defense for the body. The herb has been used in meals, drinks, and health supplements. Turmeric is filled with things like vitamin c, calcium, fiber, iron, potassium, and zinc. Turmeric is well known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. The properties within this herb have shown to prevent chronic inflammation which in turn prevents many diseases. Turmeric can be mixed with ginger (another powerful herb) to create a hot cider. It can also be warmed with milk to immolate a healthy alternative to hot chocolate during the colder months.
Elderberry is said to be one of the most versatile problem solvers for our bodies. This herb is full of antioxidants and vitamins that boost our immune system. Elderberry stops inflammation, lessens stress, and also protects our heart. An herb high in dietary fiber and protein such as elderberry is sure to keep us on our feet and healthy. Elderberry can be found in syrups, gummies, lozenges, pills and teas at your local market.
Well as I always say at the end of my articles, I am sending you off. I have given you a mini blueprint to explore the grand world of immune health. There are plenty of other resources to help you continue your research on what is best for your body. Do not stop here, there is more to learn! Comment below on your journey, I promise you’re not alone.