5 Foods and Herbs with Amazing Immune Boosting Properties

Bad health will become an important part of our lives if we fail to give our undivided attention to our well being. So let’s avoid that regret and work on making sure that we pay good attention to our body everyday. We talk about having good mental and spiritual health, but our physical health has to also be in great condition as well. You can achieve optimal health by adding good nutritious food to your diet or lifestyle. It really makes a difference!

Boosting your immune system and increasing the power of your somatic cells is something that you can achieve with various fruits, vegetables, and herbs! Here is a list of 5 different foods that contain properties with antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, and antimicrobial effects on the body.

1) Lemon

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Lemon is probably one of the most popular foods that contain powerful antiviral properties. The lemon peel and juice have an abundance of Vitamin C, which has been found to entangle with virus molecules and destroy them. Vitamin C also helps boost the immune response to viral activity.

The molecules from this sour fruit are often taken and put into household cleaning products because of its antiviral AND antibacterial effects on the body.

2) Ginger

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Ginger is a powerful immunity booster that is used in medicines due to its antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties. The root of this plant contains molecules that inhibit the amount of prostaglandins that congregate within your bloodstream. Too many prostaglandins are responsible for prolonged and chronic inflammation.

3) Bell Peppers

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Bell peppers are actually considered a fruit and they give so much flavor to so many different dishes. These healthy peppers are tasty, but they also contain immune boosting properties. The red, yellow, orange, and green bell peppers exhibit antioxidant properties, and the green bell peppers have been found to have a higher probability in preventing the formation of free radicals in the body.

4) Oregano

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Oregano is a must have in your kitchen. Not because of its ability to take your meal up a notch, but because of its powerful antimicrobial properties. The extracts from this herb stops and prevents the formation of bacteria, like H. pylori, in the digestive tract. The molecules in this plant provide your body with bonus health benefits and protection.

5) Spirulina

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Spirulina is one of the most nutrient dense foods known to man. This blue-green algae is milled into a powder and can be a great addition to your healthy food arsenal. It contains up to 70% protein within its dry weight, which is more than any other high protein food! It also has massive amounts of Vitamin B12 which is essential to the production of white blood cells. Adding this protein packed food to your lifestyle will definitely benefit you!

Immune boosting foods contain powerful sources of nutrients and can be inducted into your diet or lifestyle. The physical benefits will also help aid your mental and spiritual health. When your body is feeling good, your mind is reaping the benefits of your self care. Once your mind feels good, your spiritual self will definitely thrive and feel beautiful too.

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