7 Everyday Foods to Boost Your Immune System

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The food you eat can have a major impact on your body's susceptibility to illness. This cold and flu season, try incorporating more of these everyday immune-boosting foods into your diet!

1. Garlic

With powerful anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, garlic helps prevent you from getting sick AND can lessen the severity/duration of your symptoms when you’ve already caught a cold or the flu.

2. Ginger

Ginger's anti-inflammatory properties provide a boost to the circulatory system, and a healthy circulatory system improves your immune function.

3. Unsweetened Chocolate (Cacao)

Zinc deficiency is strongly correlated with higher rates of colds. Good news: One of the most zinc-rich foods is chocolate in its purest form! Here’s an easy recipe to inspire your cacao consumption.

4. Lemon

Lemons are powerful antiseptics, destroying bacteria in your mouth and intestines while clearing mucus build up. Plus they’re an excellent source of vitamin C!

5. Pineapple

Fight inflammation, fight illness! Pineapple is packed with bromelain, a powerful natural anti-inflammatory enzyme.

6. Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass provides a concentrated dose of detoxifying chlorophyll (the pigment that makes plants green). Chlorophyll-full foods are ideal for purifying and healing your body. Here’s how to make a wheatgrass shot that actually tastes good! 

7. Cayenne pepper

Spice up your life! Cayenne pepper clears up mucus, stimulates circulation in the lymphatic system, and has strong anti-bacterial properties.

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