There is one common mistake people make when it comes to flu and other kinds of viral and bacterial infections that occur most often during cold months. It’s widely believed that the cold itself is the reason why your immune system is weakening, but the truth actually lies behind walls. During winter months we spend more time indoors with many people, which makes it easier for microorganisms to spread and infect more people. However, no matter how cold it is, you should keep in mind that boosting your immune system is the only way to save yourself from all potential illness, and here are some foods to help you in this eternal fight against pests and parasites. 

Drink warm herbal teas 

 Although teas keep you warm during the freezing winter days, this is not what makes them so healthy. Teas hydrate your body even though you’re raising the body’s temperature. Many types of herbal teas like ginger, chamomile and sage have numerous healthy substances that help the immune system stay intact. Moreover, green and black teas have caffeine, which makes them ideal energizers for winter periods. Caffeine in tea works differently from caffeine found in coffee and provides you with a more balanced energy experience. 

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Secrets of rosemary and thyme

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If infections were a crime, then rosemary and thyme would be the best detectives, just like in the famous British TV series. Thyme works best to help prevent respiratory infections, and it also reduces bacterial resistance to drugs. When you’re troubled by sour cough, thyme is there to help relieve the symptoms. While thyme is blooming with vitamins A and C, iron and manganese, rosemary comes in with pain-relieving properties and antibacterial qualities. This herb of Mediterranean origin is known to improve memory and mood, as well as solve migraine problems. Growing rosemary indoors during winter is very much recommended by experts. 

Feast on organic superplants

When it comes to the plant kingdom, there are several kinds of superfoods you should rely on during cold, winter days. Among vegetables, you can lean on cabbage, radishes, and turnips, while the best fruits you can have are citruses and berries. What you should opt for are complex foods rich in vitamins B and C and also full of zinc, iodine and iron; such a perfect mixture can be found in healthy organic spirulina powders. This healthy compound contributes to energy production and normal cognitive functioning while boosting your immune system along the way.

Vegetarian-friendly tofu recipes 

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If you’re looking for a meat-free protein source, then tofu should be your first choice. Although it might look squishy and tasteless, tofu can be prepared in many ways and be a valuable replacement for meat on a regular basis. Besides being a vast protein source, tofu is enriched with iron and magnesium, which are essential for the immune system. Also, just four ounces of tofu contains around 15% of zinc. Tofu goes great with Chinese food dipped in soy sauce with paprika and rice, while Spicy Black Pepper Tofu is also a delicious dish, while a tofu scramble with spinach makes for an excellent breakfast. 

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