It’s important to take care of your body to help defend against viruses and bacteria. Luckily, there are certain foods known to help strengthen your immune system that you can easily integrate into your diet. Unfortunately, a magical food that resists flu and other pesky bugs entirely hasn’t yet been discovered, but there are a few that can help build up your immune system. Try these natural immune boosters!

Lean protein

Lean protein such as turkey, tofu, bean, lean beef and pork all contain zinc which increases the production of white blood cells, known to fight against infections. Protein itself is what makes up disease-fighting antibodies!

Garlic

Just one clove of garlic contains amazingly high levels of calcium, potassium and sulfuric compounds, making it one incredible immune booster.

Yogurt

Yogurt that contains probiotics, or live and active cultures, is known to rid the intestinal tract and gut of germs and harmful bacteria with its healthy bacteria as a key combatant. 

Nuts and seeds

Both contain Vitamin E which fights upper respiratory infections and the flu virus. Trail mix just got that much tastier.

Tea

Tea contains higher levels of antioxidants than fruits and vegetables, making it the most effective way to take in antioxidants, fighting off diseases.

One of the best ways to avoid falling victim to the season’s bugs is to take care of yourself.  Try to reduce your stress levels and learn how to effectively manage stress when it does occur. Yoga, meditation and exercise are great outlets. Getting a full night’s rest and following a healthy diet will also reduce your vulnerability to illnesses.

Do know of other natural immunity boosters? Lend your advice in the comment section below.