COVID-19 has scared a lot of people into taking vitamin D supplements and incorporating plenty of vitamin C into their diet. It’s always important to take care of your body and eat certain foods that will boost your immune system. Here a few vital steps to take to ensure that your immune system is functioning at its highest level.
Vitamin D is a hormone and it is in nearly all cells and tissues in the human body. It regulates up to 200 genes. Sunshine is the best way to receive vitamin D, but you can also eat mushrooms, which are rich in vitamin D. This hormone boosts thyroid function, repairs DNA, prevents anxiety and depression, is essential for neuromuscular function, and enhances the immune system. It also contributes to bone health, helps regulate blood sugar levels, and helps with concentration, learning, and memory
Elderberry is filled with antioxidants and vitamins that ease cold and flu symptoms, and enhance the immune system by boosting the production of cytokines. It also decreases stress and inflammation. You can purchase it in tea or syrup form.
Mangoes, oranges, grapefruit, and lemons are known to increase the production of white blood cells. They contain vitamin C and provide a barrier against pathogens. Grapefruit, in particular, contains lycopene, which fights cellular damage, and oranges provide 116 percent of the daily required vitamin C. Try to incorporate a side of fruit for any of your daily meals or make a salad dressing out of lemon, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Whether you drink ginger tea or put a small piece into a smoothie, you will reap the benefits of this plant. It is antibacterial, so it supports the immune system and prevents nausea.
Red bell peppers contain twice as much vitamin C as citrus. One bell pepper will fulfill 170 to 200 percent of your daily vitamin C needs. They also improve eye health, regulate blood pressure, act as an anti-inflammatory, and reduce bad cholesterol.
While you are sleeping, the body washes away waste products that have built up throughout the day. Proteins called cytokines are synthesized and released when the body is sleeping as well, which combats infections. Lack of sleep means fewer cytokines are produced. Going to sleep before midnight and getting at least eight hours is essential for a properly functioning body.
Water flushes out toxins, oxygenates your cells, and boosts your immune system. Make sure to drink eight 8-ounce glasses per day.
Don’t Ignore Your Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs made up of lymph vessels, lymph nodes, and lymph that drain lymph fluid from all over the body. It is a drainage system that properly disposes of the waste left behind by other body systems. It filters the blood, removes impurities from the body, and fights infection. Drinking water, reducing stress by meditating or doing yoga, eating healthy fats such as avocados, nuts, and seeds, and exercising daily will keep your lymphatic system functioning properly.
What are some things you are doing to maintain a healthy lifestyle and boost your immune system? Let us know down in the comments.
This article originally posted on GREY Journal.