How to Super Charge Your Immune System with Fruit and Veg!
It’s a fact well know that when we are stressed out and run down from work, family and life in general, our immune system gets a little tired and we become more susceptible to winter bugs.
One great way to ward off the winter cold and flu is to use natural food to build up our immune system. Did you know that over 70% of your immune system is in your gut and what you eat forms the foundation of your health? Your immune system maintains homeostasis by defending against viruses and bacteria which can cause inflammation in the body, illness and disease.
Aim to get a daily dose of fresh fruits, vegetables and quality protein every day so your body can repair quickly. An easy way to make this happen is to whip up fresh vegetable juices with anti-inflammatory nutrients such as ginger and turmeric.
Here are 10 well known immune boosting foods that will super charge your system:
Citrus such as oranges, mandarins, grapefruit, lemons and limes are an excellent source of vitamin C which helps maintain the body’s defence against bacterial infections. Citrus 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 jam 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.
Protein helps nourish your immune system, repair the body and assist recovery. Choose nutrient rich ones with a complete amino acid profile.
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.