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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 October 16, 2018

                                                    The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                                                    The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                                                    It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

                                                    If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

                                                    One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

                                                    Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

                                                    In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

                                                    Why you can’t sleep through the night

                                                    The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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                                                    Stress

                                                    If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

                                                    Exposure to blue light before sleep time

                                                    We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

                                                    While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

                                                    Eating close to bedtime

                                                    Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

                                                    Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

                                                    Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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                                                    Medical conditions

                                                    In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

                                                    The vicious sleep cycle

                                                    The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

                                                    Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

                                                    You get a bad night’s sleep
                                                    –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
                                                    –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
                                                    –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

                                                      You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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                                                      How to sleep better (throughout the night)

                                                      To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

                                                      1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

                                                      What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

                                                      Here are a few suggestions:

                                                      • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
                                                      • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
                                                      • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
                                                      • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
                                                      • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                                                      2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

                                                      What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

                                                      • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
                                                      • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
                                                      • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
                                                      • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

                                                      3. Adjust your sleep temperature

                                                      Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

                                                      Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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                                                      Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

                                                      Sleep better form now on

                                                      Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

                                                      I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

                                                      As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

                                                      Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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