The Good Stuff
Whether it's cold and flu season or not, your body’s immune system faces down all sorts of harmful microbes year-round. Your immune system is like a series of powerful shields all networked together that protect you against all of those outside deleterious “bad guys.”
Being in contact with bacteria and viruses isn’t necessarily a bad thing—in fact that is how we build up resistance to them. However, in this very busy modern world, people’s immune systems are frequently compromised. This can be to various reasons, such as psychological stress and anxiety, strenuous physical activity, and the like.
A healthy lifestyle, in general, is the best overall defense against all those nasty microbes. However, as an additional layer of protection, you can incorporate the following beverages into your daily life.
Simply put, our bodies are made up of about 60% water on average. All of our major organs and bodily functions are impacted by our water reserves. Water helps to support the synthesis of vitamins and minerals that are essential for our most basic functions.
Not only that, but water also helps our bodies to flush waste products and harmful microbes out of our bodies. In effect, it helps us to mitigate a wide array of potentially harmful chronic diseases and other health conditions. It also helps to reduce any strains on your immune system.
As a bonus, you can add all kinds of things to water in order to “liven it up,” such as any fresh-squeezed juices of your choice. You can also try natural mineral water.
Even though green tea always seems to be the “in thing” to drink, it’s not a trend. It’s been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes. It’s most potent ingredient is a plant compound known as Epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG.
EGCG not only helps your body’s cells stay healthy, it also is shown to increase the number of T cells (a group of white blood cells that ward off infections) that you have.
Citrus fruits such as lemon, grapefruit, lime, and orange are a fantastic way to get vitamin C into your system. Vitamin C can be a powerful force multiplier for your immune system.
Another great thing about making fruit smoothies is that you literally have dozens of types of fruits to choose from, including berries for that extra boost in anti-oxidants. Not only that, but you can “fool” your body by combining 1 cup of fruit (fresh or frozen) with vegetables for an additional boost of vitamins and minerals. So why not turbo-boost your immune system?
If you’re like me, you’re not too keen on chugging down vegetable juice straight by themselves. However, there is a more tasty option available: low-sodium V8 (tomato juice). For those who are weight conscious, V8 is low in calories and it also convenient and shelf-stable.
As an additional bonus, V8 contains more than half of the day’s recommended vitamin C. It’s also high in folate, which is excellent for cell growth and metabolism.
Korean Red Ginseng
Korean Red Ginseng (KRG) is widely believed to have restorative effects on the body. These are chiefly attributed to its chemical attributes. The particular compound that is thought to play a key role in Korean Red Ginseng’s strengthening of the immune system is galacturonic acid.
Galacturonic acid may strengthen the body’s natural immune response by strengthening the activation of macrophages. This, in turn, increases the activation of natural killer and T cells, which are both involved in boosting the body’s immune response.
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