Easy Diet Swaps to Boost Your Immune System

Your immune system is your body’s first defense against the bacteria, viruses, and toxins that cause disease. Certain foods boost your immune system, priming it to win fights against pathogens and enable you to live a long, healthy life.

Dr. Madhav Devani and the team at Ross Bridge Medical Center are dedicated to your health and well-being. They can help you review your diet and create an immune-boosting eating plan.

Here are is a partial list of the many, easy food swaps that will balance your diet and boost your immune system.

Citrus fruits

Vitamin C is an immunity booster that may fortify the production of white blood cells, which fight infection. Citrus fruits are filled with vitamin C. Luckily, there’s a whole world of citrus fruits to suit all tastes—oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, and limes. Squeeze a little lemon in a glass of water to keep you hydrated and give you a C boost.


Oysters may or may not boost your libido, but they surely contain zinc, which helps produce and activate white blood cells that can fight viruses and heal wounds.

Wheat germ

These parts of wheat seeds are packed with health-promoting vitamins and minerals like zinc, B vitamins, and antioxidants. Wheat germ also contains fiber, protein, and healthy fat. Sprinkle a tablespoon or two of wheat germ on your morning hot cereal for a taste and health boost.


This greenie packs vitamins A, C, and E plus fiber and antioxidants. Eating it raw is the best way to keep broccoli’s power intact. If you must cook this veggie, steam it only until it’s bright green and still has crunch.


This superfood contains folate, which helps your body repair DNA and produce new cells. It also contains vitamin C and fiber.


Green, black, white, caffeinated, decaffeinated. All tea has antioxidants that search and destroy the free radicals that damage cells.


Not only will garlic ward off vampires, but it also can help your body heal skin infections and fight bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Fresh garlic also adds a taste punch that lifts up the lowliest dishes. Saute spinach or broccoli in a little olive oil and garlic for a delicious and healthful side dish.


Ginger is a snappy spice that decreases nausea; that’s why Mom always gave you a glass of ginger ale when you had a tummy ache. Ginger also may lower inflammation, relieve chronic pain, and lower cholesterol.

Chicken soup

Generations of Jewish mothers aren’t wrong. Chicken soup has been proven scientifically to ease cold symptoms and protect you against the flu. Lost Grandma’s recipe? No worries. Research has shown that many store-bought chicken soups can help you get well, too.

The Ross Bridge Medical Center team can help you stay well, too. Give us a call at 205-494-7677 or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.

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