13 Best Immune Boosting Foods & Ingredients
If there’s one thing that we could all use a little bit extra of right now, it’s immune support. As this pandemic continues to work its way through our communities, many of us feel a sense that our fate is out of our control. Many of us are glued to our televisions, falling into a state of panic and helplessness.
But, the good news is that there are some ways to maintain a sense of control throughout this situation. One thing is managing our stress levels. Stress doesn’t just hurt our ability to think clearly and maintain a sense of optimism that thing will eventually work out, but it also has been shown to have a dramatically negative impact on our immune systems, increasing the likelihood of getting sick.
Building Some Immunity
However, one of the best things that we could do at this time is focus on ways in which we can give our immune system the very best support possible. As we find ourselves caught up in the doom and gloom that is being projected on our televisions, it’s very easy to forget that we have the power to keep our bodies as healthy as possible in order to minimize the risk of battling a serious illness.
Even better, many of the biggest immune supporters are already present in our households.
Have you seen your friends on social media recommending ginger? If so, they’re definitely onto something. Ginger is a germ-fighting superhero, and it’s also a powerful anti-inflammatory. Many have been using it as an antiviral for centuries, although the research there is limited. Still, there’s a reason why after so many years, people still take ginger when they’re under the weather. You can chew on raw ginger, or make a tea using the roots.
Lucky for you, we created a Ginger Immunity CBD Drop that combines both the benefits of organic ginger and potent CBD to create a super boost to your body.
In Italy, it’s common for grandmothers to recommend chewing on raw garlic when a cold is coming on. Turns out, there may be more to this than it being just an old wives’ tale. Garlic is high in allicin, which is a sulfurous compound which has shown direct positive effects on immunity. Now, we hear you – not all of us are thrilled to chew on raw garlic. If that’s too much for you, try adding garlic to your smoothie, or grate fresh, raw garlic into a meal. Raw is ideal, as it contains more of these immune-boosting compounds. And, with garlic, a little goes a long way.
Are you surprised to see (Cannabidiol) CBD at the top of our list? Granted, being a CBD brand, we might be a little biased. But, in reality, the research speaks for itself. CBD is a cannabinoid, and it works with the body’s endocannabinoid system that helps maintain homeostasis. There are cannabinoid receptors in the immune system, which means that they utilize cannabinoids like CBD very efficiently. We also know that CBD may help with stress, which, as we said earlier, can have negative effects on your immunity.
Our Binoid CBD drops combine the effectiveness of the highest grade CBD with 100% Organic Essential Oils including Ginger, Peppermint, Orange, and Lemon. This provides a synergy of immune system support with powerful anti-oxidants. Not only this, but we used natural techniques to make our drops Water-Soluble.
Water-Soluble allows our CBD products to be 4-5x more effective than regular CBD oils and other products. So not only are our products a double dose of powerful immune boosters, they are also more potent because of water solubility. Which is effective in our bodies that is 70% water!
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is one of the most versatile natural products that exist, as it contains high levels of antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. For centuries, many people have used it as an antiviral as well. Some research shows that tea tree has the potential to kill certain viruses, but studies are fairly limited. Still, given its proven germ-fighting superpowers, it can definitely do a lot in terms of aiding the immune system.
Please be aware that tea tree oil should not be ingested, but rather used topically or via an inhalation method. And, tea tree oil, even in small amounts, is toxic to pets.
Elderberry is one of the oldest immune boosters out there, and it’s more widely available today than ever before. Elderberry is a berry that’s been found to have the strong potential to help with respiratory infections, possibly due to its uniquely high level of anti-inflammatory activity. Plus, elderberry is delicious, so this is one immune booster that you can look forward to enjoying daily.
Zinc is an essential mineral with proven immune-boosting properties, which is why it’s so commonly taken when a person is fighting an infection. As it is essential, we need to have an adequate level of zinc in the body for the immune system to function properly. If you must, consider taking zinc supplements to maintain the right level.
Foods that contain Zinc include Meat, Nuts, Dairy, Eggs, Whole Grain, and even Dark Chocolate!
Another proven immune-booster is vitamin C, which is good news since so many of us love fruits that are naturally high in this vitamin. Vitamin C is an absolute necessity for immune health, as without proper levels, the immune system can dramatically decrease its ability to do its job. Vitamin C is naturally high in many foods that we eat regularly, but most of us prefer to enjoy it in citrus juices.
For this reason, we created a CBD Drop made from 100% Organic Orange Essential Oil paired again with CBD. This combination is unmatched, and is our most popular CBD product!
Vitamin D is another critical nutrient in terms of immune health. Low vitamin D levels are linked to weakened immunity. And, many of us are deficient due to a lack of sun exposure throughout the year. The best way to get vitamin D is through sunlight, although dietary supplements exist and allow us to ensure that we receive the proper amount to maintain the health of our immune systems.
Oregano may have powerful antiviral properties, and we also know that it’s great at killing germs in general. One of the best ways to consume oregano is through oregano capsules, which give you a high concentration of the herb so that you don’t have to eat a ton of it just to get enough each day.
We’re finding out more and more that there’s a strong link between gut health and immunity. A poorly functioning gut can deplete the immune system of resources. One way to improve gut health is to enjoy a diet rich in probiotics. Yogurt is one of the tastier probiotic-rich options on the market, and it contains a variety of probiotics that are known to be great for the digestive system. Yogurt is also a versatile product, being great for both savory and sweet dishes.
Turmeric has recently become a massive trend in the wellness world, and this is largely because of its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. More and more people are finding that turmeric capsules provide pain relief. Well, those same anti-inflammatory properties may be able to help the immune system, because by fighting inflammation, turmeric gives the immune system a much-needed break. Turmeric can be enjoyed in a number of ways, from acting as a smoothie additive to being mixed into your favorite savory sauce.
Leafy greens like spinach and kale can play a huge role in your immune system’s function, because they are rich in a variety of nutrients that have been found to aid the immune system’s ability to do its job. Greens are rich in vitamins A and C, which have both been found to help the body fight infections. They’re also loaded with antioxidants which can give your immune system a powerful boost.
Green tea is one of those superfoods that really lives up to the hype. It’s packed with antioxidants that have been found to have a direct positive effect on your immune system – mainly, EGCG. It’s also rich in L-theanine, which seems to have a positive impact on the body’s T-cells that fight infections throughout the body.
Eventually, we do plan on create a Green Tea CBD oil that will be as delicious as it is good for you.
Your Next Immunity Boost Awaits!
If you want to give your immune system some extra support right now, the good news is that you likely can by simply relying on what’s already in your home. If you don’t have these ingredients, they’re easily accessible at various stores in your neighborhood. Stay safe, and remember that at Binoid CBD, we have your CBD-related needs covered.