As we hit the peak of summer and await the monsoon season, there’s one thing that sneaks pass us. Germs. With the up and down weather pattern, and as the dirt gets washed away from our city streets, several viruses and bugs make their way into our system and wreak havoc. The only natural and healthy way to make sure your immune system is ready for this onslaught is to eat foods that have great immune boosting properties.

Here 5 regular foods that actually boost your immune system and keep you healthy come rain or shine. And the best part is none of these are exotic veggies or hard-to-find items. So add them to your shopping list for next time.

Citrus Fruits
Oranges, lemons, grapefruit and tangerines are great sources of Vitamin C which plays a great role in white blood cell production. Oranges also have Vitamin A, which is again great for boosting your immune. Since the body doesn’t store any Vit C, it is recommended that you add a citric dash to your meals.

Spinach
Popeye wasn’t wrong in squeezing a whole can of spinach into his mouth for instant energy. Spinach is so good for your health that it’s a surprise it hasn’t been tagged under the superfood category. Great source of Vitamin A, which as we know, boosts your immune, spinach also has beta carotene and antioxidants that help fight diseases.

Green Tea
Tea is packed with flavonoids (antioxidant) and an amino acid that aids in germ fighting compounds (L-theanine). This makes the green tea drinking fanatics rather smart.

Broccoli
Broccoli is known as one of the world’s healthiest foods. Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable, which means it belongs to the cabbage family. Cruciferous vegetables help in the production of gut flora, which is essentially our first line of defense against germs. And to top this, broccoli also has cancer fighting properties (sulforaphane), which makes it a fantastic addition to regular meals.

Ginger
A strong antioxidant and is known to have two natural antibiotics. Ginger also helps in combating cold viruses and has anti-inflammatory properties as well as antimicrobial properties. A tiny little root that we take for granted sure packs a punch.

The best way to getting these nutrients into your system would be to start every day with some of them. Here’s a suggestion – muddle some ginger in a glass, add the juice of one lime, pour some hot water into the glass and drink it first thing in the morning. You’ll be ready for the day, no matter what.

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