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Anti-viral Food and Herbs to Boost your Immune System

Anti Viral Food and Herbs

In light of the ongoing global pandemic, it is more important than ever to adopt a healthy lifestyle and diet to keep yourself fit and strong. By changing eating habits, you can boost your immune system and be equipped to fight off the virus. Some natural ingredients and herbs have medicinal properties and healing properties that work well when consumed regularly. While these are not solutions to work overnight, adapting to a better diet will make you healthier over time for a more lasting impact. Please note that these are mere recommendations by doctors and physicians to help boost your immune system and not cure for sickness.

In light of the above, here are some useful anti-viral food and natural ingredients to help boost your immune system.

Garlic

Ever since the outbreak of the virus, many countries around the world have highlighted the importance of consuming garlic as part of our daily food. This is because garlic has a wide range of remedies, including boosting immunity to fight sickness. Components like allicin and alliin give garlic its anti-viral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties.

Tip: You can consume garlic by slicing them very fine and adding with olive oil on your dressing. Alternatively, you can use garlic as part of any sauces and curries to give a stronger flavor.

Seafood

While this is not consumed by many, certain kinds of seafood have something called the omega 3 fatty acid with anti-inflammatory and anti-blood clotting properties. Hence, consuming food like salmons, mackerel, and sardines will boost your system.

For vegetarians and vegans, chia seeds and flax seeds have the same omega 3 fatty acids that can boost your immunity.

Tip: It is recommended to include seafood as part of your weekly diet at least twice to give the body an adequate amount of omega 3 fatty acids.

Ginger

Another medicinal herb used for centuries, ginger has antibiotic effects that can keep sickness at bay, while at the same time work wonders for a healthier digestive system.

Tip: Ginger can be consumed in various ways. Ginger tea or ginger green tea is also good on the throat. Alternatively, you can include thin slices as part of your dishes or salads. You can also add a small amount of ginger for smoothies or fresh fruit juices with watermelon/lemon for a refreshing drink.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is potent in antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory properties. This makes cinnamon one of the most preferred herbal medicine used across the world.

Tip: Cinnamon can be used in many ways. Cinnamon sticks can be used in gravy and curry. Cinnamon powder goes well as dressing on many beverages. Alternatively, cinnamon gives you an option to make a variety of desserts. 

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