As it gets colder out, we may end up spending more time in – with colds, flu symptoms and/or sniffling noses. Some of us expect this as the norm. But… We can incorporate preventive measures! Besides washing our hands, all the time, here are 6 immune-boosting foods that can help you stay well all winter long.
Who doesn’t love garlic!? It’s so flavorful! And, when you crush garlic, it produces a compound called allicin, which has strong anti-bacterial properties and boosts your immune response. Eat it shortly after you crush it for maximum beneﬁts.
Matcha contains exceptionally high levels of antioxidants to help your body ﬁght off disease-causing free radical compounds, boost the function of your immune cells, and decrease inﬂammation. So if you do get sick, matcha can help alleviate symptoms. Matcha also contains antimicrobial properties that can ﬁght off any invading pathogens (viruses and bacteria).
The billions of good bacteria in your body are a defense system. However, when we get sick the population of good bacteria decreases. So pathogenic bacteria now have space to invade, causing infection and inﬂammation. Eating probiotics restores this defense system. Examples: Yogurt, kimchi, keﬁr, sauerkraut, kombucha, and tempeh.
Cinnamon is a powerful spice rich in immune-boosting antioxidants. It also has anti-inﬂammatory properties!
Ginger is useful in relieving nausea and digestive issues, it contains potent anti-microbial properties, and a powerful compound known as gingerol, which has anti-inﬂammatory and antioxidant properties.
Acai berries, fresh, powder or frozen, contain an extremely high number of antioxidants and are one of the most effective free-radical ﬁghting foods on the planet. They’re also high in ﬁber.
Jennifer Castro is the owner of JAC Wellness Solutions. She is a Health Educator, Nutritionist, and Patient Advocate specializing in Women's Health & Vestibular Disorders. When she was diagnosed with an inner ear imbalance called Meniere's Disease, she knew she had no choice but to step up her game and become a detective for her own health. Coach Jenny is studying to become a Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach while creating course content for health coaches and educators. She created an educational program for preschool teachers called Jump & Roll Fitness. The program provides lesson plans on how to create healthy habits for preschoolers. She also works as an Insurance Broker providing insurance solutions for small businesses, wellness, and medical practitioners. This blog is ALL about health, well-being, nutrition, lifestyle and kitchen hacks. She also tells stories of her own personal health journey. Coach Jenny loves to garden, spend time with her hubby, and loves to bake new recipes. She likes to put her own "healthy" spin on her and her hubby's favorite sweet treats.
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