Nutrient Boosting Immunity
Personal health has never been so much in the front of our minds as it has over the last year. We’ve shifted from only thinking about wellness when we’re sick, to our entire lives revolving around it. While this shift has been jarring, it might be a good time to take a better look at what we can do to make staying healthy a priority, even when this pandemic has passed.
What we put in our bodies can boost overall performance and enhance some of your natural defences. Our immune systems run off of a variety of vitamins and minerals that can be found in our everyday foods. Simple changes like tossing a few of these items into your trolley each week can make a huge difference in how strong your immune response is when it’s called into action.
Here are few of our fave things to look out for!
Ginger- Wouldn’t be a superfood list without ginger! Ginger is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories which aim your immune system and optimise functionality. Ginger also has potent antiviral and antibacterial properties. We’d recommend hot ginger tea with a squeeze of lemon.
Turmeric- Another root with powerful anti inflammatory properties. Turmeric has been used for centuries to boost immunity by curbing hyper inflammation. Try a hot nut milk latte by adding half a teaspoon of turmeric, a splash of vanilla and some cardamon to your favourite milk alternative.
Blueberries- Blueberries are packed with antioxidants which help by fighting free radicals which cause damage to cells. Sprinkle a few on your oats or just snack them as is!
Broccoli- Not the most glamorous, but maybe the most underrated. Broccoli contains potassium, calcium, selenium and magnesium as well as the vitamins A, C, E, K and a good array of B vitamins making it the perfect nutrient boosting food. There’s no shortage of ways to eat broccoli, but we’ve been enjoying it roasted with almonds, red pepper flakes and cashew parmesan.
Spinach- A top pick for the list because of the high levels of Vitamin A, C and E which are known to fight infections and replenish blood cells. Sneak a few leaves into your brekkie smoothie (And the kids’!) for a little health boost.
We could genuinely keep this list going forever, so we hope we’ve inspired you to dive a little deeper into what your food can do for you.