My morning cup of green tea may be helping me ward off winter colds and flu. I enjoy this miracle beverage but it makes me feel even better about drinking it knowing it’s boosting my immune system.
One serving, which equals two cups of green tea, contains enough polyphenols to clean up free radicals in the body. Free radicals are the bad stuff caused by exposure to pollution, chemicals and stress. The “housecleaning” done by the polyphenols gives the immune system a boost by keeping the cells in top condition.
It’s easy to incorporate green tea into your diet. Just swap out a cup of java for green tea. You can even make it into a green tea latte. My favorite green tea is yerba mate which comes in “mate chocolate” for a real taste treat. Your immune system and taste buds will be thanking you.
Other tips for boosting the immune system
Adding probiotics and Vitamin D are other ways to give your immune system the boost it needs to prevent you from getting the average of three colds this winter.
If you want a healthy immune system, begin by taking care of your digestive system. The intestines are the keepers of 70 percent of your body’s overall immunity.
Probiotics can improve your digestive health and overall well-being by increasing the antibodies in the digestive tract and enhancing your T-cell count. T-cells are your body’s fighters against disease.
Taking probiotics can prevent or reduce the severity of colds and flu, according to Mayo Clinic researchers. Probiotics can be added to your diet in the form of supplements, or by eating yogurt, fermented milk or miso.
Many adults have low levels of Vitamin D which is essential for your body to fight infection. Vitamin D activates your body’s immune defense from T-cells that otherwise lie dormant and allow bacteria to invade the body.
Individuals with low levels of Vitamin D have more respiratory infections, according to research. Supplement with at least 1,000 IU per day.