No matter what time of year it is, no one likes to be sick or feel under the weather. As Americans, we tend to rush to the local pharmacy and stock up on cold and flu medications or an array of supplements that are sure to fight off those bugs going around.
But there are things you can do to keep up your immune system strong and nutrition experts say that what we need for immunity boosts to fight off infections, are found in foods. Beef, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, tea and yogurt specifically are the Top Five foods that boost your immune system.
The old adage, “you are what you eat,” may actually have some truth to it! When you have a poor diet, your body reacts poorly. When you have a balanced diet with vitamin and mineral rich foods, your body can perform at it’s best!
This October, ABC News published an article called, Which Foods Best Boost Your Immune System? which shares the top five foods that give your body the best immunity.
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In its latest edition, Prevention magazine says a poor diet is a top factor in making us susceptible to illness. It then lists the top five foods that give your body the best immunity: beef, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, tea and yogurt. While an all-around healthy diet is crucial, these particular foods help us best flex our immunity muscles, the magazine said.
Each of the foods should be eaten every day to boost immunity, nutritionist Heidi Skolnik told Good Morning America.
"We should eat these daily, as often as we can, especially in this weather," she said. Plenty of rest is also essential to keeping our immune systems up, she said. Health experts also advise a flu shot.
Beef It Up a Little
Of the five immunity-boosting foods, beef may be the most surprising, considering health experts recommend limiting our red meat intake. But moderation is still key.
"People should still not be eating a 24-ounce porterhouse on a daily basis," Skolnik said. "A three-ounce portion of beef — and importantly very lean beef that is low in fat — is an important source of zinc."
Zinc deficiency can greatly increase your risk of infection. Zinc helps develop white blood cells, the cells that we really need those to fight off foreign bacteria and viruses.
Vegetarians and those who do not eat red meat can look for their zinc supply in poultry, pork, fortified cereals, yogurt and milk. If you like oysters, they are also a fantastic source of zinc, Skolnik adds.
Zinc is an important mineral our bodies need to fight off those seasonal colds and beef is a great source of zinc! According to Prevention.com, zinc deficiency is one of the most common among adults, and if you have cut back on beef consumption you may be missing out since beef is a prime source of this “immunity-bolstering mineral.”
“And that’s unfortunate, because even a mild zinc deficiency can increase your risk of infection. Zinc in your diet is very important for the development of white blood cells, the intrepid immune system cells that recognize and destroy invading bacteria, viruses, and assorted other bad guys, says William Boisvert, PhD, an expert in nutrition and immunity at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA.
Your optimal dose: A 3-oz serving of lean beef provides about 30% of the Daily Value (DV) for zinc. That’s often enough to make the difference between deficient and sufficient.”
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