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4 foods that could boost your immune system naturally during the Coronavirus Pandemic

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The Coronavirus has creep into our lives like a bad zombie apocalypse. It has uprooted our natural routines and has forced some of us into hiding. And while we drown ourselves in hand sanitizers and listen to our health officials’ warning to practice social distancing, there are other ways in which we can help to combat this virus. One such way is to strengthen the body’s natural defense system in order to help fight off harmful pathogens. Consuming certain types of foods may help keep your immune system secure.


Here are 4 foods that fight back:

1. Ginger

Ginger is not only a spice but also a common folk medicine. Ginger contains Gingerol which is the chemical compound found in ginger responsible for its medicinal properties. It is a potent antioxidant as well as anti-inflammatory agent. Ginger can also aide in reducing sore throat, bloating and decrease nausea.


2. Da Suan /Garlic

Garlic is a staple in numerous dishes around the world. It is not only aromatic but also has a long list of health benefits. When one crushes or chews on garlic it produces allicin which contains sulphur. The sulphur that is release is believed to help improve the immune system.

According to Northwestern Medicine garlic may help reduce swellings, lower blood pressure and protect the heart. Garlic is known as a natural antibiotic. The Diallyl sulfide found in garlic is believe to be 50 times more effective than popular antibiotics.


3. Papaya

The “fruits of the angels” as described by Christopher Columbus is loaded with nutrients. One large Papaya alone contains 235 milligrams of vitamin C.  The digestive enzymes called Papine that are found in papaya has anti-inflammatory effects. Papaya is known to reduce weight, relieve toothaches and prevent arthritis.

This fruit also contains folate, vitamin A and traces of B vitamins, all of which are beneficial for your overall health.


4. Thyme

This commonly used household herb is extremely versatile. Thyme is rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, Calcium and Iron. Thyme is not only good to flavour your jerk chicken but consuming thyme tea can assist those suffering from the common cold, to asthma and other respiratory ailments. Inhaling thyme essential oil in aromatic therapy can help boost your mood. Individuals suffering of allergies, sore throat and running nose can gargle the liquid boiled from thyme to help alleviate their symptoms.

This perennial evergreen can help relief individuals suffering  from intestinal gas, headaches, stomach cramps and sprains.  It can aide in getting rid of parasitic infections such as yeast infections and hookworms.


These four foods not only boost your immune system but they are cost effective and can also boost your spirit especially during this season of uncertainty.


Bonus tip

Say that you have eaten all these healthy and nutritious foods to help steer you to better health, what else can you do? Sleep!

During this stressful period is it very important to stay calm, relax and sleep. Take full advantage of the time given to sleep more. When you sleep your body produces Cytokines. These Cytokines are proteins that targets inflammations and infections, effectively producing an immune retaliation. So, don’t skimp on those Z’s.




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