Since childhood we have all been taught the importance of eating the perfect balanced diet. If we do not get the right amount of vitamins and nutrients our body needs from the food we eat it will take a toll on our immune system and the whole body.

To keep the body’s immune system active and powerful through the busy lives we need to eat right. Here is a list of name of the soups and salads that help in improving the body’s immune system, followed by a brief description of how they do so.

improve immunity with soups and salads1. Chicken Soup

Chicken is the perfect source of protein which provides us with amino acids and gelatine. These elements boost the immune system by eliminating mucus and gastric juices, and promoting digestion and elimination of bacteria from the body. A properly prepared pot of the chicken broth or stock is to be used. The soup is traditionally cooked with components like garlic, turmeric, ginger, rosemary and shitake mushrooms etc. which add to immunity boosting properties of the soup.

2. Citrus Salad with Honey, Vanilla and Pistachio

The salad is prepared with variety of citrus fruits like oranges, mandarins, blood oranges, lime, grapefruit and some herbs. The citrus in the salad provides the body with ample vitamin C to fight against any sort of bacterial infections. The honey (splashed atop or mixed as a dressing) acts as an antibacterial against viruses. And the pistachios provide high amounts of minerals- potassium and magnesium which nourish a stressed nervous system.

3. Moroccan Harira

This is a soup prepared with lentils, chickpeas, cilantro, parsley, onions, tomato and a pinch of cinnamon. The lentils and chickpeas supply proteins to the body while the vegetables supply vitamins to boost the immune system. Also the cilantro and parsley stimulate digestion and circulation while the cinnamon offers antibacterial properties and antifungal benefits.

4. Tabbouleh

This Lebanese dish is amde of tomatoes, mint, onions, parsley, black pepper, salt, lime juice and olive oil along with some avocado, broccoli, flax seeds and baby spinach is perfect to boost the immune system. That’s because this dish as is apparent from the list of ingredients is the epitome of a balanced diet for all the vegetarians seeking to boost their immune systems.

5. Pho

The Vietnamese dish is served with chicken or beef both of which provide ample amounts of protein to facilitate the immune system. The garlic, cinnamon, ginger, shiitake mushrooms and the varied other herbs that are added to the clear broth offer antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiviral benefits.

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