Allergies and illnesses like the flu are just some of the irritants that arise during the summer, and one of the biggest reasons is a weak immune system.
The body’s resistance to infections can go down for various reasons, from a lingering infection to an unbalanced diet that leads to deficiencies in vitamins, minerals and protein. However, all is not lost. With the help of these power foods, you’ll be back in shape in no time.
RAW GARLIC: Not only does the root vegetable have apparent powers to ward off vampires, but it also fights off many infections inside the body and on your skin. Raw garlic destroys bacteria and viruses with a compound called allicin that is released when garlic is crushed.
However, when cooked, this compound loses its power and becomes ineffective. One way to increase your intake of raw garlic is by adding it to a salad dressing, or even mixing finely chopped pieces with tomatoes as a topping for bruschetta.
You can add raw garlic to a dip, pesto sauce, or mix it up with butter and spread it on bread. Just make sure not to exceed more than one clove a day as it can cause stomach issues.
GO PROBIOTIC: Good bacteria are vital for a thriving immunity because they help fight off bacteria that cause infection. One of the best ways to get your daily dose is with yogurt, which is packed with these healthgiving ‘live active cultures’ that help restore digestion in the intestines.