6 Immunity-Boosting Foods To Avoid Catching The Flu

by Jillian See
FOOD  |  June 07, 2018
  • Keep your body in tip-top condition by incorporating these immunity boosters in your diet.
    1 / 7 Keep your body in tip-top condition by incorporating these immunity boosters in your diet.

    It is definitely not easy to eat healthy all the time. The temptation of succumbing to peer pressure and skipping your planned healthy meal altogether can be hard to resist. That being said, when it comes to staying healthy, moderation is key.

    Indulging in too much deep fried, oily foods as well as sweet and salty snacks makes you more susceptible to sickness. To prevent your sinful treats from weakening your immune system, add these foods to your diet for that extra immunity boost.

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  • Bell peppers
    2 / 7 Bell peppers

    A serving of bell peppers (100g) has 127.7mg of vitamin C. That’s almost twice the amount compared to a serving of orange (235g), which has 73.4mg. Vitamin C is a popular immunity-boosting nutrient that is needed for the growth and repair of your body tissues.

    (Also read: Here’s How Fast Food Is Sabotaging Your Immune System)

    Bell peppers also contain a good amount of beta carotene (vitamin A) to prevent harmful free radicals from attacking your body.

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  • Garlic
    3 / 7 Garlic

    This everyday condiment has more medicinal properties than you think. A study proved that eating garlic extract can enhance your immunity and in turn, reduce the severity of flu symptoms. The compound allicin, that’s found in garlic, stimulates the production of white blood cells to strengthen your immune system and effectively fend off bacteria.

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  • Yogurt
    4 / 7 Yogurt

    Probiotics found in yogurt are live bacteria that keep your body, especially your digestive system, healthy. A poor diet can throw off the balance of good bacteria in your gut, making you more prone to falling sick.

    (Also read: What’s The Difference Between Pre And Probiotics?)

    A good amount of probiotics in your digestive system can prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Probiotics can also reduce the severity of diarrhoea.

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  • Fatty fish
    5 / 7 Fatty fish

    It is important to consume foods with anti-inflammatory properties, especially when you are feeling under the weather, and fatty fish is a good source. Inflammation happens when your immune system detects foreign invaders in your body and becomes activated to fight them off. Chronic inflammation has been linked to diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart diseases. Eat more fatty fish like salmon and tuna to reduce your risk of such diseases and to maintain an overall healthy diet. 

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  • Turmeric
    6 / 7 Turmeric

    This bitter spice that gives curry its yellow colour, contains an anti-inflammatory compound, curcumin. When there’s inflammation in your body, bacteria can attack your immune system easily. Add a teaspoon of turmeric into your milk of tea to strengthen your immunity.

    (Also read: The Best Spices For Weight Loss)

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  • Tea
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    Good news: Drinking your daily cuppa helps to fight flu, cold and other illnesses. Tea contains amino acid L-theanine, plus antioxidants known as polyphenols that give your immune system a boost. The best way to prepare your tea and get all its benefits – cool your boiling water for a while before steeping your tea for a few minutes. Add milk or honey to reduce the bitterness.

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