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Keeping your immunity strong, especially during a pandemic like COVID-19 is vital for staying healthy and strong. There is no better time to starting taking care of your body and your immune system. So let’s start now.

Making simple changes to your diet and lifestyle can make a big difference.

One very simple way to take care of your immune system is to eat immune-boosting foods

Immune-boosting foods have extra tools to keep your immune system healthy toward free radicals. Free radicals cause damage to your cells and make you more prone to germs, viruses, and diseases. Immune-boosting foods having extra vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals to protect your body.

By the way, what are vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals anyway?

Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals fight as an army to protect your cells from free radicals. Along with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals, other ways to protect your immune system include:

– Not Smoking

– Daily exercise

– Healthy Weight

– A healthy diet that includes eating more fruits and vegetables

Let us discuss the top 10 foods to boost your immune system and reduce inflammation and how they are a powerful tool to protect your immune system.

Are some foods better at protecting your immune system? The answer is, YES.

Eating a diet that decreases inflammation in the body can keep your #immunesystem healthy and also can keep you feeling strong and energized.

An anti-inflammatory diet includes fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, and legumes. Protein sources should include wild seafood, organic pasture-raised eggs, and grass-fed land animals.

Let us discuss the Top 10 Foods to Boost Your Immune System and Reduce Inflammation.

1. Pineapple

Pineapple is a delicious fruit with a ton of flavor! Pineapple has a ton of vitamin c. It also includes an enzyme called Bromelain which helps to promote digestion and reduce inflammation.

Pineapple can be eaten plain or can be added to salads, smoothies, and yogurt. The options are endless!

2. Mushrooms

Another excellent anti-inflammatory food is mushrooms. They might not look pretty but they are considered antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral. They are made up of many substances that fight inflammation. They are an excellent addition to a diet.

Mushrooms are most often eaten with other foods. Some examples include mushrooms in eggs, on top of grass-fed steak, and mixed in with other vegetables.

3. Apples

We can not forget about apples! Apples are full of fiber. Fiber plays a major role in decreasing inflammation in the body.

Apples can be eaten alone or can be creatively used in meals and snacks. Many people love eating apples with peanut butter for a healthy snack.

We can not forget about carrots. Carrots assist our bodies to grow cells and support our vision.

4. Carrots

Carrots can be combined with so many #foods and meals, the possibilities are simply endless.

5. Broccoli

Broccoli is a powerhouse when it comes to immune defense. Broccoli contains vitamin C and K, folate, and fiber.

Like other vegetables, broccoli is a yummy treat alone or can be added to a variety of meals and dishes.

6. Garlic

Something you may not think of as an immune booster is garlic. Garlic has actually been used over centuries by a variety of cultures to ward off bacteria. It is a natural bacterial fighter.

Garlic can be easily added to so many dishes not only to boost your immunity but also to add powerful flavor.

7. Bone broth

Bone broth is packed full of calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Bone broth supports your gut health and has many healing compounds.

8. Turmeric

Turmeric is a spice that adds an amazing flavor to your meal. It also is known to be a powerful warrior against a variety of free radicals.

9. Red bell peppers

Red bell peppers provide the body with high levels of Vitamin C. Vitamin C has been researched for its powerful effect on lowering the risk for almost every major disease.

10. Leafy greens

Last, but not least, we can not forget about those big leafy greens. Leafy greens contain vitamins A, C, and E.

Vitamin A has been shown to encourage and boost different types of immunity in the body.

Leafy greens can be added to so many meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can’t go wrong by adding some leafy greens to your meals.

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Jennifer Billings is the Medical Editor at Medicwell. She has 13 years of experience in internal medicine with a demonstrated history of working in the medical practice industry, both inpatient and outpatient urgent care. She has been published on Medicwell Blog,, and is a regular contributor at MedCity News, Physician Family, and Psychology Today.