12 Immunity-Boosting Foods to Help You Stay Healthy

FOOD  |  March 17, 2020
  • A colourful diet will provide the essential vitamins and nutrients you need
    1 / 13 A colourful diet will provide the essential vitamins and nutrients you need

    Don’t be the next one to fall ill during this virus season. Strengthen your immunity by having more of these healthy foods.

    Photos: www.123rf.com. Nutritional data is from the United States Department of Agriculture.

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  • 1. Water
    2 / 13 1. Water

    First, drink more water, say experts from Singapore General Hospital’s Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Drinking more water than usual helps your kidneys flush out toxins that have been absorbed through your skin and lungs. Cut back on alcohol and caffeine too, as they can by dehydrating.

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  • 2. Golden Kiwi
    3 / 13 2. Golden Kiwi

    Next, experts also suggest building up your immunity by eating foods high in vitamin C. One medium golden kiwi contains 91mg of vitamin C.

    (Also read: Cutting 300 Calories A Day Can Improve Your Health Significantly)

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  • 3. Orange Juice
    4 / 13 3. Orange Juice

    You could also drink up, as one cup of orange juice contains 124mg of vitamin C. Choose this over a soft drink during your next meal.

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  • 4. Broccoli
    5 / 13 4. Broccoli

    Commonly hailed as a superfood, broccoli is also a good source of vitamin C. One cup of the cooked vegetable contains 51mg of vitamin C.

    (Also read: 5 Eating Habits That Will Extend Your Life)

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  • 5. Pineapple
    6 / 13 5. Pineapple

    For a tropical hit of vitamin C, eat a medium slice of pineapple. It contains 79mg of the immunity-boosting mineral!

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  • 6. Green Peppers
    7 / 13 6. Green Peppers

    A cup of cooked green peppers contains 100mg of vitamin C.

    (Also read: 5 Personal Hygiene Habits That Will Help Ward Off Viruses)

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  • 7. Egg
    8 / 13 7. Egg

    Vitamin E is also key for a strong immune system as it has antioxidant properties to help prevent cellular damage. A cooked egg contains 0.5mg of vitamin E.

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  • 8. Almonds
    9 / 13 8. Almonds

    Instead of snacking on chips, reach for almonds instead. A handful has 24mg of vitamin E.

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  • 9. Spinach
    10 / 13 9. Spinach

    Beyond just being rich in iron, spinach is also high in vitamin E. A cup of the cooked veggie contains 4mg of vitamin E.

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  • 10. Avocado
    11 / 13 10. Avocado

    More plus points for this creamy fruit. One avocado has 8mg of vitamin E.

    (Also read: Can The Coronavirus Be Spread By Sweat?)

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  • 11. Sunflower Seeds
    12 / 13 11. Sunflower Seeds

    With one handful of sunflower seeds containing 26mg of vitamin E, this is one of the best options to up your antioxidant intake.

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  • 12. Fatty Fish
    13 / 13 12. Fatty Fish

    Consuming foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids also helps to reduce inflammation and enhance the function of your immune system. What’s more, it’s good for your heart health. You can get a boost of omega-3 from fatty fish like salmon, sardines and mackerel.

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