6 Foods That Boost Immunity in Winter

A plate of roasted vegetables on a napkin on a table.

Eating vegetables every day is one way you can help enhance the body's immunity during the winter months. (Image: Bhofack2 via Dreamstime)

In the cold winter months, people tend to become lazy, exercise less, and eat more. Their immunity is easily reduced, especially the elderly who have weaker health, and they require foods that boost immunity. Immunity is a human defense mechanism that can help us resist viruses and reduce illness. Therefore, it is very important to improve the body’s immunity. With strong immunity and a good physique, people will be healthy and not get sick as often.

In addition to proper exercise, diet and nutritional intake are also very important to enhance the body’s immunity. People need to eat more high-quality protein foods and supplement vitamins and trace elements.

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6 foods that boost immunity

1. Beef

Beef has a rich and delicious flavor. Compared with other meats, it contains more protein, lower calories, lower fat, and lower cholesterol. Beef has many nutrients, which can be easily digested and absorbed by the human body. Beef is very helpful for growth and development, body repair, and muscle synthesis. Eating more beef can boost immunity and supplement protein, the Vitamin B family, niacin, and elements such as calcium, phosphorus, and iron. Beef is a product that nourishes the stomach and qi, and is also a tonic for strengthening the body.

Delicious grilled beef steak on a wooden board with spices.
Beef has many nutrients that can be easily digested and absorbed by the human body. (Image: Ivan Danik via Dreamstime)

2. Milk

Milk is also an indispensable food in daily life. Drinking more milk can supplement protein and calcium, promote growth and development, and enhance the body’s immunity. It has a good effect to drink a cup of milk every morning and evening. Colostrum can boost immunity and is suitable for infants and toddlers.

3. Mushrooms

There are many varieties of mushrooms, such as wood ear, shiitake, white fungus, and Ganoderma lucidum. They are rich in protein, amino acids, and a variety of nutrients. They are one of the very healthy foods. Mushrooms also contain the element selenium. Eating more mushrooms can boost immunity. The high contents of amino acids in mushrooms make them taste fresh and sweet. Ganoderma lucidum is rich in germanium, which can accelerate the body’s metabolism and delay cell aging.

4. Deep-sea fish

There are many types of deep-sea fish, such as yellow croaker, hairtail, mackerel, etc. All of them are very nutritious and delicious. Cod is a very popular deep-sea fish that is rich in high-quality protein, calcium, zinc, and other nutrients. Zinc is an indispensable trace element in the human body that is very important for regulating immune function. Regular consumption of zinc can boost immunity.

Cod is a very popular deep-sea fish rich in high-quality protein, calcium, zinc, and other nutrients that help boost immunity.
Cod is a very popular deep-sea fish rich in high-quality protein, calcium, zinc, and other nutrients. (Image: Iuliia Nedrygailova via Dreamstime)

5. Fruits and vegetables

It is essential to eat fruits and vegetables every day. They are indispensable components to supplement the body with vitamins and dietary fiber. Eating more fruits and vegetables is very beneficial to health. They can boost immunity, supplement vitamins, and beautify the skin.

6. Beans

There are many beans, including soybeans. The common soy products include soy milk, tofu, bean sprouts, etc. They are all very good choices. Soybeans are rich in calcium and plant protein, which are good for the elderly and children. Eating more soybeans in winter can strengthen the body’s immunity.

People who have low immunity and poor resistance find it easy to become sick in winter. They should eat more of these types of foods because they basically cover the many nutrients necessary for your body, which are indispensable to your daily life.

Translated by Patty Zhang

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