Healthy and Nutritious Food is one of the most powerful tools we have to help prevent disease and a healthy body begins with a healthy immune system. Over 70% of your immune system is in your gut and what you eat forms the foundation of your health.
I believe that food is most healing when it is close to its original state and has the properties to heal and nourish. I regularly make sure that I’m getting my daily dose of fresh fruits, vegetables and quality protein every day so that my body can repair quickly.
So think wisely and take a ride through healthy eating journey with me!
Here are a list of 10 Immunity Boosting Foods
Citrus Fruits such as oranges, mandarins, grapefruit, lemons and limes are an excellent source of vitamin C which helps maintain the body’s defense against bacterial infections. Citrus fruits has a unique type of fibre that, in studies, appears to dramatically reduce cholesterol.
Carrots contain vitamin A precursors called carotenoids (Beta carotene) that help promote vision and support a healthy immune system.
Curcumin is the active ingredient in Turmeric, responsible for the distinct yellow colouring and the impressive list of health properties. Curcumin is anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, detoxifying and amazing for digestive health. Turmeric has been linked to the prevention of cancer cell growth and management of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, asthma, eczema and inflammatory bowel disease. It is a nutritional powerhouse, rich in manganese, zinc, B group vitamins and iron.
This golden fruit is so nutritionally rich that it is known as the medicine tree in Africa and the Caribbean. The enzyme papain is extracted from papaya, and is beneficial for those with digestive problems. Papaya is a rich source of beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body and promotes healthy eyes, skin and tissues.
Studies have shown that ginger has potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It helps to boost immune function and combat cellular damage. This gut friendly spice stimulates digestion, gut motility and bowel function, while helping to relieve bloating, cramping and nausea. A recent study also found ginger to be as effective as pharmaceutical agents in relieving PMS pain in women.
Garlic is also an immune system warrior, protecting the body from infections and illness.Garlic contains allicin, a potent phytonutrient that is great for cardiac health. It has been shown to help lower blood pressure, inhibit blood clotting and promote healthy cholesterol levels.
They are packed with B group vitamins including thiamine (B1) and B6, which are vital for energy metabolism and nerve function. Pineapples contain the enzyme bromelain, renowned for aiding protein digestion which allows your body to utilise immune boosting amino acids effectively.
Cold-Pressed Wheat Grass Juice is one of the most nutritionally dense greens on earth. Power-packed with naturally occurring nutrients including chlorophyll, beta carotene, vitamin C, B complex vitamins, amino acids, calcium, potassium and magnesium, they help support liver and immune function by boosting the liver’s ability to flush out toxins.
Rich in vitamin C and polyphenols that help promote healthy tissues and organs.
Well-known for its healthy-skin benefits, vitamin E, found in almonds, is another antioxidant that has been shown to support the immune system in addition to helping slow down the aging process. It acts as a “big brother” to other vitamins, protecting them from oxidation and, thus, allowing them to do their work. Other vitamin E sources include sunflower seeds, avocados, vegetable juices, whole grains, and green, leafy vegetables.
Now you can supercharge your immune system with these easily available food already available in your kitchen!Happy Eating!