Microbes. They are everywhere around you. Some are good and some are bad. The harmful microbes enter the body and cause bacteria, viruses or diseases. Our immune system sometimes needs a boost in order to fight off these microbes, keep us healthy, and to prevent us from getting sick. So if you start feeling ill, don’t reach for a bottle of over-the-counter drugs. Try an all-natural remedy instead. In fact, these ten foods (which most likely are already part of your diet) are known to help those toxic microbes from getting inside the body. Keep your intake of these foods high and your immune system will thank you.


1. Honey – Natural, raw, and unprocessed honey has many health benefits. It includes many vitamins and minerals which help kill bacteria inside the body, and deep wounds outside the body. Honey is also great for sore throats!

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2. Ginger – Ginger is particularly good in preventing the cold and the flu. In addition, gingerol, an ingredient in the aromatic spice, is known for reducing nausea.

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3. Garlic – Garlic includes many components that will fight against bacterial infections like fungus, yeast, and the dreadful worm disease.

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4. Lemons – The citrus fruit has many uses for around the house and in recipes. But did you know lemon juice has many health benefits as well? It’s a wonderful digestive aid and liver purifier. And best of all, it promotes immunity with its high vitamin C content!

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5. Coconut Oil – Coconut oil is such a diverse, natural treatment. Not only can it be used on the skin or hair as a moisturizer, but it can also be eaten to work against yeast infections, thanks to the powerful lauric acid.

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6. Cabbage – Cabbage contains the element sulphur, which controls infections in wounds and reduces stomach ulcers. Intaking the leafy vegetable is an effective remedy for constipation and other digestion-related problems. Also, cabbage juice contains a plentiful amount of vitamin C to give that immune system an extra boost.


7. Fermented Foods – The high probiotics in fermented foods, such as kefir, are known as the “good bacteria”.  Kefir does an excellent job in balancing your digestive tract and fighting off infections.

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8. Turmeric – The colorful spice has an ample amount of antioxidants that free the body from toxins. Turmeric is known to reduce inflammation, to relieve digestive and liver problems, and to treat skin diseases like staph infections.

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9. Horseradish – Horseradish includes volatile oils that treat throat, upper respiratory (such as sinusitis), and urinary tract infections.

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10. Pineapple – The colorful fruit contains the natural enzyme called bromelain, which has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that may lessen the effect of urinary tract infections.

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If you’re feeling under the weather this season, take advantage of the health benefits from these ten foods, and stock your kitchen with them.

What are your remedies for fighting against infections? Share with us in the comments below!

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Georgia Pellegrini

Growing up on her family’s farm in upstate New York, Georgia developed a passion for simple farm-to table food and a deep connection to the outdoors. Having worked in the finance world after college, she decided to leave her cubicle and reconnect with her roots. After graduating from the French Culinary Institute, she began working in Michelin restaurants in New York and France, and soon started leading her renowned Adventure Getaways: excursions around the country aimed at promoting “manual literacy” and helping participants step outside of their comfort zone and experience life more viscerally. Georgia is a firm believer in empowering people to be self-sufficient, identify personal strengths and pursue their life passions.