A-B-C-G’s to Boost Your Immunity

As we head into the colder months, it’s natural to begin worrying about staying healthy and keeping your immune system in top shape. One of the best ways to build your immunity and stave off colds and infections is to load your body with the right healthy foods along the way. It can be tough remembering which foods offer the most impact, so just remember your A-B-C-G’s and keep these 6 foods well stocked in your fridge or pantry:

Almonds

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that is just as crucial for a healthy immune system as vitamin C. One of the best ways to source the vitamin is by eating nuts, including Almonds. A half-cup serving of almonds will give you 100% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin E, and come with healthy fats as well. Win-win!

Bell Peppers & Broccoli

Believe it or not, red bell peppers contain almost 3 times as much vitamin C as an orange, and are also rich in beta carotene. We all know that vitamin C is touted for boosting your immune system, but it can also help you maintain healthy skin.

Packed with vitamins and minerals, broccoli delivers vitamins A, C, and E, finer and many other antioxidants to fight off infections. One of the healthiest vegetables on the planet, it’s important eat broccoli raw or cook it as little as possible in order to retain the most of this superfood’s power; steaming is the best way to go.

Citrus Fruits

We often turn our attention directly to vitamin C as soon as we think we have a cold coming on, and for good reason. Vitamin C helps build your immune system by increasing the production of white blood cells – our body’s natural defence system against infection. All citrus fruits contain a high level of natural vitamin C, including clementines, grapefruit, lemons, limes, oranges and tangerines. Our bodies don’t naturally produce or store vitamin C, so it’s important to ensure you’re getting your daily intake.

Garlic & Ginger

These superfoods are readily available in kitchens around the world, and add a boost of flavour along with incredible health benefits. Garlic has long been recognized for fighting infections and boosting immunity, and ginger has been known to help decrease inflammation and nausea. To ensure you’re adding these benefits to your diet, try cooking with more garlic, and adding fresh grated ginger to teas and soups.

Shake things up this season and add more variety to your daily meal regimen. Eating only one of these recommended foods won’t all of a sudden be enough to fight a cold or other infections, but the more healthy foods you can combine in your day, the better.