- Dr. Jill Kenney, Naturopathic Medicine, Fairfield, CT
Immune Boosting Food
As you head out to the store this weekend, consider adding a few of these immune boosting foods to your list.
GARLIC AND ONIONS: These are both part of the Allium family and have antimicrobial properties. Garlic has an affinity for the lungs that has been used for centuries to fight lung infections. I’d recommend adding garlic and onions to soups and stir-frys as an easy way to consume more garlic and onions.
GREEN VEGETABLES: Broccoli, kale, spinach, and arugula are considered superfoods. These superfoods are full of vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin A, C, and K as well as plenty of antioxidants.
HERBS and SPICES: Turmeric, cayenne, and cinnamon are several herbs and spices you can add to your food which are anti-inflammatory. Thyme, rosemary, and oregano contain anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. I recommend consuming them on a regular basis.
CITRUS FRUIT: Lemons, limes, and oranges contain Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a key nutrient for the immune system. Supplementing with Vitamin C would also be beneficial.
BONE BROTH: The gelatin in bone broth can heal your gastrointestinal health which will strengthen your immune system.
Sleep. Make sure you are getting plenty of sleep, as a lack of sleep can weaken the immune system.
Avoid sugar as much as possible. Sugar can weaken the immune system for up to 6-8 hours after eating it.
Reishi, maitake, and white button mushrooms all have immune boosting properties.
Probiotics, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, and Zinc. These have all been shown to help the immune system. There are numerous herbs that have antiviral and antimicrobial properties as well.
If you have any questions about the above information, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. All the best, Jill