Support that immune system!
These days, we’re all thinking about our health more than ever. And with World Health Day upon us (that’s today!), we really started to brainstorm how we could become the healthiest, happiest versions of ourselves.
Though we’re not getting our heart rates up and endorphins pumping at the studio with you just yet, we’ve been getting in our daily sweat sessions with Strong 15, Cardio 30 and HIIT 45. We’re all trying to get as much fresh air as we can (safely and with distance, of course), and we’re getting more rest and meditating when we have the time. And with all these positive things we’re doing for our health, we thought we’d turn our attention to what we’re eating.
While social distancing and handwashing are two of the best ways to keep yourself safe and healthy during these crazy times, supporting that immune system so it’s strong and ready to fight anything that might come your way is just as important. By simply adding a few things to our diets – and ensuring we keep them varied – we can boost our immune systems.
So, let’s get down to business. Here are the 10 best, immunsupportive foods to include in your meals. They also happen to be delicious. Talk about a win-win!
- Citrus fruit like grapefruit, lemons, limes, tangerines, oranges and clementines. Their high vitamin C content is key.
- Broccoli is packed with vitamins A, C and E, as well as loads of antioxidants.
- Red bell peppers are a bit of a sleeper hit when it comes to vitamin C. While most people’s brains immediately go to citrus when they hear vitamin C, red bell peppers actually contain twice the amount.
- Garlic is not only amazing at adding a little zip to everything you cook but is also a powerhouse when it comes to fighting infections.
- Ginger is ideal for helping to reduce inflammation.
- Almonds are one of our favourite things to snack on. We also love that they’re chock full of vitamin E, which is important for maintaining a healthy immune system. It’s a fat-soluble vitamin, so almonds are really the perfect package for delivering vitamin E.
- Spinach, our go-to leafy green, is high in antioxidants and beta-carotene, as well as vitamin C. What more could you ask for?
- Yogurt may not be the first thing you think of when you think of health foods, but the live, active cultures present in yogurt actually stimulate your immune system to fight diseases. Plus, it’s a great source of vitamin D, which is key when it comes to regulating the immune system.
- Turmeric is as golden for immune support as it is in colour. It’s one of the best anti-inflammatories around.
- Green tea is brimming with antioxidants like flavonoids and EGCG, which enhance immune function. In addition, green tea is a great source of L-theanine, which ramps up production of germ-fighting compounds in your T cells.