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7 Tasty Ways to Boost Your Immune System

7 Tasty Ways to Boost Your Immune System

The strength and condition of your immune system will influence how healthy you stay throughout the year and will determine whether or not you catch colds or viruses that are circulating around. This is especially important in January, and particularly this January, where much of the U.S. is getting hit with extreme cold. Even if you have a weak immune system, there are several ways to boost your immunity to ensure that you feel well and can thrive.

To boost your immune system over time, there are a few tasty ways to strengthen the body with the help of the foods that you consume.

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Eat Yogurt

Yogurt contains probiotics, which are known to increase the healthy bacteria that is present in the gut to ward off germs that can cause diseases. Consume seven ounces of yogurt each day to boost your immunity, which stimulates white blood cells in the body due to the live and active cultures that are present.[1] You can enhance the flavor of the yogurt by adding fresh strawberries, blueberries, and cherries to the food to create a variety. Adding granola will add extra crunch and texture that makes it the perfect food to take with you to eat on-the-go or enjoy for breakfast to increase your overall health.

Add Garlic

Garlic doesn’t just add extra flavor to various dishes, but it’s also known to strengthen the immune system because it contains allicin, which is an active ingredient that fights bacteria and infection that can develop in the body. Incorporate up to six cloves each week into your diet to reduce your risk of stomach cancer by 50 percent and prevent colorectal cancer by 30 percent. You can also add two cloves of crushed garlic to your casseroles or meat each day to increase your intake.

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Reach for a Cup of Tea

Natural tea that contains herbs is effective at combating viruses due to the amino acids that it contains. Black and green tea are considered to be healthy options, which both contain L-theanine. Opt for decaf versions of the tea and drink a few cups each day. If you want to obtain more antioxidants, you can bob the tea bags up and down in water to infuse your beverage with a substance that will prove to keep you healthy and can increase your lifespan with a tasty drink. Here is a decent list of teas that can help your immune system.

Enjoy a Cup of Bone Broth

Bone broth is increasing in popularity for its ability to strengthen the gut and reduce IBS symptoms while also warding off illnesses with a boost in the immune system. In case you didn’t know, there are dozens of bone broth powder benefits, including promoting healthy bones and a healthy gut, and reducing inflammation in the body.[2] You can make bone broth in a crock pot by cooking bones with vegetables and water, or use bone broth powder that is easy to mix with water. It’s most effective in the body when it’s consumed in the morning and will also seal holes that are present in the intestines for those who suffer from leaky gut syndrome. The bone marrow in the broth is considered to be a superfood due to the high concentration of minerals that it contains.

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Bake a Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes can fight viruses and bacteria that enter the body with the vitamin A that it contains. This will allow the skin to stay healthy and can restore the connective tissue in the body with the beta-carotene that is turned into vitamin A. Try to include half of a serving into your diet each day and incorporate other orange foods into your diet with canned pumpkin, cantaloupe, squash, and carrots.

Eat Citrus Fruits

Clementines, limes, oranges, and grapefruit are all effective at infusing the body with vitamin C and can allow you to bounce back from the common cold or an infection to ensure that you feel better and stronger in a shorter period of time.

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Consume Mushrooms

Mushrooms have been used for several centuries to boost the immune system by increasing the activity of white blood cells that are present in the body.[3] The white blood cells become more aggressive, which can prevent infections and allow them to heal at a faster rate once they develop. You can incorporate different types of mushrooms into your daily diet with different types that are available, which includes reishi, shiitake, and maitake mushrooms. Try to consume at least 1/4 of an ounce each day to ensure that it has a positive effect on your immune system.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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