First, we need to understand the difference between health and immunity. Health is a state of well-being. It is all about being in peak mental or physical condition. Anyone can be healthy. But not everyone can be immune and be “fit” against disease. For that, you will need a different strategy. You will need to understand an undeniable fact about immunity. It is the ultimate defense against infections and diseases. This means you can be in peak physical or mental condition and still be prone to disease. Now, that’s one hell of a definition.
Now, that we know the difference, then it will be easier to understand what we are dealing with. What we are dealing with is the best substances that you can use or eat that will help you strengthen your immunity. Let’s see what you can add to your daily routine and diet for better immunity!
1. Spinach and citrus
Well, Popeye wasn’t so far from the answer, right!? Yeah, we can say that. Spinach is full of vitamin C, which is vital for fighting off an infection or shorten its lifespan. Also, it can be great for those people looking to “redefine their body composition”. You can add citrus to the mix since it is a great standout.
Compared to milk, yogurt is much better. Yogurt has less fat, more minerals, and is easily absorbed into the body. It also contains zinc. Zinc is needed to produce new immune system cells. You know, the small soldiers called the white blood cells. So, don’t skip the option next time you see it in the supermarket.
3. Animal products
Welcome to the jungle and tap into your animal instincts. We are going to hunt for your immunity. Animal products are the best sources for strengthening your immunity. They contain selenium, which is important for preventing infections. However, too much of this can cause a problem. So, keep it between two or one a day. You can start with:
- Cottage cheese
- Meat and liver
4. Dark chocolate
If you have a sweet tooth, then you are in for a treat. Chocolate has theobromine, which helps the immune system by protecting the system from free radicals. However, it needs to be taken in moderation because it’s high in saturated fat and calories. It frees up radicals by breaking down food and pollutants in the body.
So, don’t deny the little child in you and go for those M&Ms.
5. Oily Fish
You can start with salmon and canned tuna. This can be good for athletes and people in high levels of activity, as it can reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis. It is also rich in omega 3 since as it protects the body when white blood cells attack a healthy part of the body.
Garlic is a common home remedy against flu. It is used as an alternative to smelling or eating raw onion. It contains allicin, which is deemed to reduce colds.
6. Green tea
If you don’t have access to this, you can buy “teabags” of green leaves in your supermarket. They are a great alternative for coffee. It contains the same contents as flavonoids. This nutrient is deemed to strengthen the human immune system.
This is a great alternative to peanut or peanut butter. It is also rich in fiber, magnesium, and manganese. This will not make you fuller but also amp the benefits you will receive from vitamin C. There is also a great source of vitamin C.
However, you should know that almonds are a domino food. And should only be taken not more than a handle. If this rule is broken, you will overeat, my friend.