This year especially staying healthy seems to be very difficult. However there are certain foods and supplements you can take to make sure your own immune system is as strong as possible.
Each of these provides essential vitamins and minerals for immune function and ensures optimal response should your body encounter a nasty virus or bacteria.
#1: Garlic – garlic is well known for its ability to help fend off disease. It provides sulfur, nitrates and a plethora of phytonutrients that help coordinate the immune system. It is most potent raw however it can be sautéed and mixed with meals or taken in pill form. There is no real limit to how much garlic you can ingest.
#2: Vitamin D- critical for many chemical reactions in the body. If you are deficient in this vitamin your immune system will not be working at or anywhere near 100%. I suggest taking 10,000Iu a day.
#3: Lemon- lemon provides a big does of Vitamin C. This is an another absolutely essential nutrient for keeping your immunity high. My favorite way to does up with lemon is to juice 1/4 to 1/2 a lemon and make honey lemon tea. Add the lemon juice to 12oz of water and a teaspoon of raw local honey for an immune boosting tea.
#4: Zinc- yet another crucial micronutrient for immune health. Zinc is not stored in the body in any appreciable amount so making sure to take zinc daily is important for staying healthy. Zine is easily found in supplement form at most grocery stores. You can also get lots of zinc from shell fish, especially oysters.
#5: Bone Broth- the age old advice to drink soup when your sick came from old school soup made with bone broth. Bone broth is made by simmering the bones and collagen containing parts of the bones long enough to leach out the minerals in the bones and collagen. Collagen is an important protein that the body can never have enough of. Drink 1-2 cups of broth per day or use it in soups like chicken wild rice or chili.
Bonus Tip: One other thing to consider this time of year is to drink enough water and stay hydrated. Most people are chronically dehydrated. This is a problem because even mild dehydration slows down chemical reactions in the body and decreases the overall efficiency of the body. Drink at least 64 oz a day but more is ok too.