Your immune system is complex and sophisticated and it is your first line of defence against all of the viruses and bacteria’s that you encounter every day and it saves you from succumbing to illnesses by battling against these bugs without you even noticing that it is happening. It is important though that you learn how to protect your own immune system because otherwise, your immune system will suddenly dip and this is where you might succumb to a virus. It’s important to keep your immune system boosted from the inside out and you can do that by ensuring that you eat foods that are rich in nutrients. Make sure that your diet is filled with healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts and if you are a meat-eater, consume organic and free-range meat products because this way, you will know that you will not eat any pesticides or chemicals.
Nutritious foods help to give you energy so that you can cope with your daily demands, but not only do these food sources give you energy, but they provide the relevant nutrition’s to give your immune system a valid boost. These nutrients include trace minerals such as: magnesium, copper, zinc, selenium and boron and if you like your leafy greens, you can get much of the minerals from them. Of course, you might really like to eat plenty of salads, vegetables and fruit but sometimes it can be difficult to ensure that you are getting the full set of vitamins and minerals because there may be some vegetables that you just struggle to eat enough of. Broccoli, spinach or sprouts might be nutritious but you can be limited as to which meals you can include them in.
If you eat fish, then you can at least ensure that you get your full omega 3 oil but if you don’t like fish, then you have a problem and of course, if you are not keen on dairy products, you might struggle to consume enough calcium. Your immune system needs you to have a well-balanced diet at all times and this means, taking time and care to do just that. If you do find it difficult to create nutritious foods through lack of time for example, then you should consider using the humble chia seed.
Chia seeds may not be well known as of yet, but in a short while, the chia seed is going to be renowned as the new super food. They are packed full of calcium-much more than milk, they are rich in protein, and far more protein than you would get in meat, so are perfect for vegetarians or those who like low meat diets. Chia seeds also are a great source of magnesium and omega 3 oil. So you can see from these facts alone that they are excellent to help you to boost your immune system.
One of the best things about chia seeds is that they are so versatile. If you enjoy smoothies, just pop a handful of seeds straight into your glass and drink. They are only small but they work to soak up the flavour and liquid, and this means that you will naturally feel fuller, because the seeds have expanded.
This is especially great if you are on a diet and need to watch the amount that you eat. In addition,because on their own, they have no flavour, this means that they take on the flavour of your food, so they can literally be added to anything. Use chia seeds alongside extra vitamin C as this also helps to protect your immune system and if you can get out into the sunlight, soak up a little vitamin D even if it is just for 15 minutes a day. Vitamin D is vital for immune protection but with chia seeds in your diet too, your immune system will be well supported.