Are you feeling anxious about the coronavirus or the flu? If so, you aren't alone. It's easy to feel anxious during times of uncertainty. While you can't guarantee that you won't encounter illness, what you can take charge of is eating foods to help boost your immune system and calm your nerves.
Here are some of the best foods to help your body fight off illness and soothe your anxiety.
Ginger is a strong antioxidant and naturally helps boost the immune system, kills the cold virus, and best of all detoxes the system by relaxing the intestinal tract. Therefore, if your stomach is in knots from flu and illness anxiety, ginger may be the best thing to help calm your upset stomach. Try a ginger tea or add dashes of ginger as a spice. Make ginger shots by combining one-fourth cup of peeled, fresh ginger root with one-fourth cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Add honey or sugar to taste, combine well, and strain.
#2 MANDARIN ORANGES
A dose of vitamin C is great for boosting your immune system. Mandarin oranges are portable and easy to carry along wherever you go. Or try kiwi, which has the highest level of vitamin C of the citrus fruits. Or add some lemon in your water.
Best of all, studies have shown the scent of citrus fruit to be calming, which can also help reduce your anxiety level. In a study of people who were about to go into surgery, participants inhaled the aroma of orange or water. The orange scent significantly reduced anxiety levels. Your body doesn't store vitamin C, so you need it continually/daily.
Honey has been used since ancient times as an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Honey also has a high sugar content, which can help stop the growth of certain bacteria. It also helps heal wounds. This is great news. We all love honey. Combine several of the above anti-inflammatory ingredients to make hot tea with garlic, honey, ginger, and lemon.
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This is one of the nutrient-dense vegetables you can eat with vitamin K, vitamin E, chromium, potassium, magnesium, and folic acid. Surprisingly, it is loaded with vitamin C, which we often think of with citrus fruits. Don't overcook it, as it depletes some of the nutrients.
#5 DARK CHOCOLATE
Chocolate helps us to feel soothed and brings us a lot of joy—which we need when feeling anxious. When we feel happy, we are less vulnerable to illness. Chocolate also contains an immune-boosting antioxidant called theobromine. So have an ounce of dark chocolate today and enjoy it.
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Last but not least, we wish you and your loved ones well, and we hope that we can still bring people joy in some small way – we remain open and ready to deliver. Until then, stay safe and stay inside.