Natural Immune System Boosters

Posted by The Pavilion Senior Living Team on Jun 15, 2018 8:00:00 AM | 2 minute read

Immune System BoosterThe Pavilion knows being sick is the farthest thing from fun, we want all our residents to be as healthy as possible all the time! We also know if you are like most seniors you are probably taking a specific amount of prescription medications. No one likes to add more pills to remember to their regimen, and that is why we came up with these natural immune system boosters!

Avocados

Adding avocados to your diet can be very significant in supporting your immune system. They contain antioxidants, amino acids, and healthy fats to help balance bodily hormones. Avocados contain vitamins A, C, and E which are antioxidants that help strengthen your immune system. Beta-carotene and other carotenoids, such as lutein and zeaxanthin are also antioxidants that are found in avocados. Avocados are also great for weight management and heart health. 

Oregano

Oregano is famously known to be in your pasta sauce, but it has many health benefits as well. Oregano can help improve your gut health and is a great immune system booster. It helps to eliminate harmful bacteria that is in your digestive system. Oregano oil has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. Oregano can also be an antioxidant, anti-allergenic, anti-parasitic, and aids in digestion. You can intake oregano from an inhalator, a diffuser, or add a few drops to a glass of water. It can be taken to stop the common cold, coughing, bronchitis, ear infections, stomach issues, allergies and so much more. Oregano has so many benefits, besides adding some extra flavor to your pasta sauce! 

Mushrooms

Japanese mushrooms such as Maitake, Oyster, Enoki, and Shitake mushrooms are amazing boosters for your immune system. They are also full of antioxidants that do not diminish when cooked. Japanese mushrooms have the power to kill bacteria, viruses, yeast and even some cancer cells. Mushrooms are low in calories, carbohydrates and is an excellent source of protein, vitamin B, fiber, and trace minerals. They are also anti-inflammatory foods that help ward off the common cold!

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Cruciferous Vegetables

Broccoli, cabbage, kale, and lettuce are cruciferous vegetables that are also great immune system boosters. They help to flush toxins from the liver, which allows the body's overall health. Cruciferous vegetables are highly nutrient-dense and have multiple vitamins to help your body fight off diseases.

What is Larch?

According to the National Institute of Health, larch arabinogalactan can enhance immune system functions and help the body resist infections. Now, most people may not know what larch is, but arabinogalactan is found in various vegetables. The most common sources are the North American larch trees and are crazy as that sounds when ingested can fight a multitude of sicknesses. The things that larch arabinogalactan can help fight are pneumonia, acute rhinitis, the flu, liver disease and cancer, inflammation, and other conditions such as high blood pressure. 

The Pavilion knows how hard it can be to eat healthily, but if you try and add some of these natural immune system boosters to your diet, you will be stronger at fighting infections and stay healthier for more extended periods of time. To stay up to date on ways to be the best you, you can be, be sure to subscribe to our blog!