Immunity-Boosting Foods

 

This is the time of year when illnesses like the flu are in full force and when many people have greater contact with one another (holiday gatherings, social get-togethers, etc.), which puts you at a greater risk for getting sick. 

While this does not mean you can't indulge on those coveted holiday classics like pumpkin pie, you may want to consider adding a few more items to your next grocery list. Here are Dr. Susan Tanner's food choice recommendations to help keep you healthy.

Foods That Will Keep You Healthy

·  Chicken soup – The timeless remedy for aching stomachs is not just some old wives’ tale. This is the only type of soup that has been found to facilitate white blood cell production (the ones that fight off infections) due to the release of cysteine, an amino acid that chemically reacts with the cells in a positive way. Remember to drink the broth too, as this will help thin out any mucus build-up in your chest. People who are prone to bronchitis are well-served by this traditional dish.

·  Sweet potatoes – A traditional staple of Thanksgiving feasts, these potatoes contain a high concentration of beta carotene, which converts into 40 percent of the daily recommended value of vitamin A. The latter is needed to produce protective connective tissue on skin, which blocks bacteria and viruses from penetrating your pores.

·  Tea – There is just something about brewing a cup of tea that sounds so relaxing. In addition to the tranquil mindset this drink can inspire, it is also loaded with antioxidants that keep the immune system at an optimal state. Green and black teas are the ideal brews; one Harvard study found that individuals who drank five cups of black tea a day for two weeks were ten times less likely to fall victim to a viral infection! This is a top recommendation by holistic doctors in Atlanta for this reason.

Staying healthy this holiday season has never been easier. Do not forget to stay hydrated and to also get adequate rest, as these too are vital for a healthy immune system. If you do fall ill, do not hesitate to contact our Atlanta alternative medicine clinic for assistance.