Oysters contain zinc, which help the body create and activate white blood cells (key players in immune response). It also assists your immune system with healing wounds.
3. Herbal Tea
Herbal teas allow you to get the amazing health benefits of herbs in a convenient and warming beverage. Hot herbal tea varieties deliver polyphenols and flavonoids; these are antioxidants that seek out cell-damaging free radicals in the body and destroy them. Try Ecinacea or Ginger tea next time you feel a cold coming on!
How to use it: Tea is best consumed hot and freshly brewed, without the addition of any milk, cream, or sugar, as sugar actually weakens the immune system.
This widely used ingredient packs a ton of nutrition. Garlic can act as an antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal. To reap real benefits, there's a caveat; you have to use raw garlic, because the enzymes that create the immune boosting benefits are destroyed by heat/acid.
How to use it: finely mince garlic and add it to an array of dishes as a final garnish to keep it raw. If you can not stand raw garlic, mince it and then let it sit for 10 minutes. This will allow the enzymes to do their magic that provides the health benefits, and then add to dishes towards the last few minutes of cooking to minimize the amount of heat it is exposed to.
A Japanese seasoning made of fermented soybeans. Because the soybeans are fermented, miso contains probiotics, the "good" bacteria that builds the disease fighting bacteria army in your gut.
How to use it: Buy it in a white paste form and add to sauces or soups
An excellent source of antioxidants that also soothes stomach discomfort if you've already come down with something.
How to use it: Add ginger to stir fries or steep it in hot water to make tea. The antioxidants work best in your body when you get them straight from fresh fruits/veggies. Another great way to use is to make ginger lemon water by squeezing a whole lemon's juice into a glass of water, grate ginger and squeeze it between your finger tips to juice into the glass.
7. Bone Broth
Your body craves chicken soup for a reason when you are sick! Bone broth is revolutionary when it comes to boosting your immune function and overall wellness. Properties of bone broth help with healthy bacteria growth in the gut, soothes the digestive system, decreases inflammation, and its steam relieves stuffy sinuses.
How to use it: Purchase an organic bone broth from your grocery store and use it as a base for soups/stews, or make your own!
8. Acai Berry
This fruit is packed with antioxidants and anthocyanins which play a role in building a healthy immune system.
How to use it: Purchase frozen acai puree and blend it into smoothies, homemade or homemade acai bowls. Additionally you can buy whole acai berries and eat them on yogurt.