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8 Natural Immune Boosters

By    |   Monday, 06 Jun 2016 09:12 PM

Taking advantage of natural immune boosters could be a simple route to protecting the immune system. Natural remedies often ward off trips to the doctor for colds and other illnesses when the immune system has become weakened.

These eight natural immune boosters promise to keep your body strong and healthy.

1. Vitamin C plays a tremendous role in boosting the immune system. It is plentiful in a variety of food sources and not just in citrus fruits. Strawberries, papaya, bell peppers, Brussels sprouts, and leafy green vegetables contain loads of vitamin C, the Cleveland Clinic reports. It may even be easier to get vitamin C through foods than through supplements.

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2. Vitamin E contains antioxidants to ward off infections. You can snack on peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts, and sunflower seeds throughout the day to get high doses of the vitamin. Spinach and broccoli are also rich in vitamin E.

3. Vitamin B-6 is involved in hundreds of biochemical reactions throughout the body to act as a natural immune booster. Bananas, baked potatoes, lean chicken breast, and tuna have high amounts of the vitamin.

4. Vitamin D supplements might be the choice for people who can’t get enough of it in foods such as salmon, mackerel, and fortified cereals. People are advised to check their vitamin D levels with a doctor before adding supplements to their daily routine. Proper sun exposure helps the body absorb vitamin D. Research suggests low levels of the vitamin may increase the risk of respiratory infection, according to Everyday Health.

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5. Probiotics found in fermented milk products, such as yogurt, may reduce respiratory infections. Probiotics can also be found in supplements for a natural immune boost.

6. Chicken soup has been used over the years as a remedy for upper respiratory infections, and research is confirming the use of this natural immune booster. Chicken soup contains anti-inflammatory substances that work to prevent respiratory infections, according to the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

7. Green, black and oolong teas are rich in antioxidants. Research has also revealed that tea contains chemicals to strengthen the immune system, The Huffington Post reports.

8. Exercise may be the most natural of all immune boosters. Lack of physical activity increases the risk of catching colds, WebMD notes. Exercising about 30 minutes a day on most days of the week builds up the feel-good chemicals in the body to strengthen the immune system.

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