While those of us fortunate to live in a world with hospitals, health care and doctors certainly enjoy the privilege of medical treatment, what happens when that go-to no longer exists? It has been said time and time again, that the best defense against the uncertainty of life is to be as healthy as possible. To be clear, that means try not to get sick. While that may be easier said than done, there are certain foods you can work into your diet now, that can help you maintain a healthy immune system. Health is wealth, and here are some solid down payments you can make on your general well-being.
Easy to grow, and abundant in local supermarkets while the industrial world remains intact, chilies are an excellent food for the immune system. Not only do they help boost energy, but they clear sinuses by thinning mucus. In a world where you may not be able to grab a decongestant at the corner store, this could be just what the doctor ordered to clear up your nasal passages.
It’s not just for keeping vampires away. Garlic is one of the most versatile medicinal plants on the planet. It has anti-infective and anti-parasite properties This is due to a compound known as allicin. Allicin is a Sulphur compound found within garlic. This is what makes garlic smell so, special. Allicin isn’t broken down in the digestive system, it passes through and kills off simple organisms that can make their home in you at your expense.
A solid source of Vitamin C, fiber, iron, Vitamin A and zinc, goji berries are an immune-boosting superfood that should not be overlooked. These berries contain polysaccharides the increase white blood cell numbers, making your body more capable of fighting off diseases. A single 4-ounce serving of these berries provides you with 10% of your daily protein value.
These bite-sized snacks are high in zinc. They are a rich source of the chemical cucurbitin, which is both antiviral and anti-parasitic in origin. This makes pumpkin seeds useful for things like food poisoning, where an infective property has made its way into your digestive tract.
Revered by Asian cultures for hundred of years, these mushrooms are world-renowned immune-system stimulants. Excellent flu-fighting food, and possibly a solid safeguard against high cholesterol, you can’t go wrong with these guys on your plate. Shiitake mushrooms contain a compound known as eritadnine, which encourages the conversion of cholesterol and lowers blood lipids (fat).