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25 Super Easy Recipes To Boost Your Immune System

25 Super Easy Recipes To Boost Your Immune System

They say that food is medicine. Below are 25 super easy recipes that utilize different ingredients to boost your immune system.

1. White Bean Dip

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    A dip filled with beans that are filled with beta glucan and zinc – all immune-boosting properties.

    2. Beet Hummus

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      Boost the healthy benefits of hummus by adding in beets in this recipe. Beets have nutrients that are responsible for immune support including vitamin C, folate, manganese, iron and phytochemicals, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

      3. Thyme-Roasted Marcona Almonds

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        Almonds have Vitamin E that helps to boost the immune system. Combined with thyme in this recipe, this snack acts as a  natural antiseptic.

        4. Olive Bruschetta

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          Olives have many fatty acids that aid in proliferation of immune supporting cells. Use it as a spread in this simple recipe.

          5. Chicken Pot Popovers

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            Chicken is a protein. Protein is the building block of the body, and the immune system. Use this fun recipe for a treat.

            6. Frozen Orange Pops

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              Oranges boast large amounts of Vitamin C that boosts the immune system. Make into frozen pops for an immune system snack.

              7. Salad Stuffed Popovers

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                The vegetables in this salad can help clear out any toxins and boosting your immune system.

                8. Grilled Salmon with Tomatoes & Basil

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                  Salmon has vitamin D, a nutrient that triggers the body’s immune cells that kill invading bacteria and viruses. Cook with tomatoes and basil in this easy recipe.

                  9. Green Smoothie

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                    The greens in this recipe are the powerhouse nutrition for vitamins A and C, as well as protein, fiber and calcium.

                    10. Mango Pudding

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                      Mangoes contain carotenoids that are converted into vitamin A, a nutrient that helps regulate the immune system, when consumed. Try this pudding with mango.

                      11. Raspberry Spoonbread

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                        Raspberries are full of healthy ingredients and properties such as fiber, protein, vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin A, and Vitamin K that contribute to a health immune system. Try this simple recipe.

                        12. Maple Walnut Tapioca Pudding

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                          Try this pudding with walnuts that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E that together work wonders for your immune system.

                          13. Baked Apples with Dried Fruits Walnuts

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                            Combining two super foods in immune boosting, apples and walnuts, this dessert is a great way to prevent the cold.

                            14. Tomato Soup

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                              Tomatoes contain a carotenoid called lycopene, which has antioxidant properties. This soup is a filling way to take in the antioxidant properties of tomatoes.

                              15. Mango Agave Granola with Greek Yogurt

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                                This recipe includes yogurt that has live active cultures of friendly bacteria that are very helpful to the immune system.

                                16. Chickpea and Spinach Salad with Cumin Dressing and Yogurt Sauce

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                                  Chickpeas contain vitamin B6. One of this vitamin’s functions to support the immune system. Combine with spinach in this salad.

                                  17. Carrot Orange Juice

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                                    A juice containing carrots that contain carotenes that help nourish the thymus gland. The thymus gland is responsible for much of the immune-system functions.

                                    18. Cucumber Salad

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                                      Cucumbers are rich in potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, vitamins C, B1, B2, B6, PP, provitamin A. Cucumbers are beneficial for good blood circulation a main factor in boosting the immune system. Enjoy them in this salad.

                                      19. Lemon Chicken Breasts

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                                        Lemons are extremely high in vitamin C. Drench chicken in this immune boosting recipe.

                                        20. Green Beans with Lemon and Garlic

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                                          Green beans provide a boost to your immune system and contributes to the elimination of harmful free radicals. Eat with lemon and garlic for a powerful combination.

                                          21. Ginger Carrot Soup

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                                            Ginger is high in immune boosting and detoxifying properties. Mixed with carrots, this soup is a super food.

                                            22. Kiwi Watermelon Lime Juice

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                                              Kiwis has more Vitamin C than an orange. Mix in this smoothie recipe.

                                              23. Apple Tart

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                                                Apples are the most important source of pectin, a natural fiber that has many health benefits. Apples protects the body from viruses. Enjoy this apple tart.

                                                24. Coconut Water Smoothie with Mango Banana and Strawberries

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                                                  Nicknamed the “water of life,” coconut water delivers nutrients to the body while boosting the immune system. Use in this smoothie recipe.

                                                  25. Orange Ice Tea

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                                                    A study showed that immune system blood cells from tea drinkers responded five times faster to germs. Building on that, and adding in Vitamin C infused orange juice leads to a delicious iced tea.

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                                                    Last Updated on December 9, 2019

                                                    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                                    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                                    Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                                                    Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                                                    Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                                                    1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                                                    Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                                                    This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                                                    In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                                                    The result: no more mental stress.

                                                    2. Unplug

                                                    Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                                                    How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                                                    It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                                                    Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                                                    3. Easy on the Caffeine

                                                    Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                                                    Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                                                    4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                                                    That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                                                    How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                                                    • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                                                    • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                                                    • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                                                    While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                                                    5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                                                    This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                                                    The result: mental stress will be gone!

                                                    So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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