Vitamin D is a fat soluble nutrient that is essential for our body to function optimally. This vitamin is also critical in preventing infections combatted by the immune system. It helps the body absorb calcium, which is important for building strong bones.
There are two types of vitamin D: vitamin D3 and vitamin D2 with the main difference being that vitamin D3 is more potent in supplementation form. Vitamin D3 is also the type produced by your body when exposed to sunlight.
As the seasons change it is important to keep your immune system strong because the drastic temperature changes can have an effect on your health if your immune system is not running at it’s fullest potential. Include these 5 immunity-boosting foods into your diet, make sure to get the proper amount of sleep, and consider taking a multi-vitamin.
Aside from being beneficial for your thyroid and metabolism, it contains lauric acid – a strong compound found in breast milk that also strengthens a baby’s immunity. Coconut oil is a great way to keep your immune system strong all year round, but especially during flu season. Coconut oil can decrease the amount of harmful bacteria found in the mouth. Make sure to only buy organic coconut oils that are unrefined, unbleached, and made without heat processing or chemicals. Coconut oil also has the ability to fight cancer. Try using this oil to stir fry your veggies or include a tablespoon in your morning smoothie to keep you satisfied for hours! I love Spectrum brand found at Whole Foods or local natural food market. I also use coconut oil for moisturizing my skin and hair.
Turmeric is one of the foods highest in antioxidants. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric that gives the spice it’s yellow color, is anti-viral, anti-fungal, can help prevent cancer, and improve your digestion and so much more! This spice is 8x more potent than vitamin E. Cooking the turmeric will damage most of the benefits of the spice. I recommend taking a high-quality, organic, raw supplemental form like this brand, Organic India Turmeric.
Eating “healthy bacteria” called lactobacilli found in foods such as yogurt, kimchi, and sauerkraut, can help stimulate your immune system, normalize skin conditions, maintain bone health, reduce cholesterol, produce antioxidants, and promote regular bowel movements. Fermented foods are amazing for your overall health. Some other examples of great fermented foods are miso, tempeh, pickles, kefir, and kombucha. Make sure that when purchasing fermented foods that they have not been pasteurized because the heat kills all of the delicate bacteria. So, to ensure you are buying the most quality fermented foods head to a local natural market and make sure the label reads raw.
This immunity-boosting superstar contains antioxidants that can help your immune system run well. The antioxidants in the garlic have the power to kill the bacteria in your skin that causes acne. Simply rub a clove of garlic atop the pimple. Raw garlic is the most effective since heat and water inactivate sulfur enzymes, which can demolish garlic’s antibiotic effects. Try adding some fresh garlic cloves to your pasta sauce or into your egg scramble. The garlic becomes stronger and potent when it is mashed or freshly-cut. Garlic can be a little stinky so be weary of when you plan to eat this!!
Green Tea & Matcha
The powerful antioxidants in green tea are beneficial for generally strengthening the immune system. Polyphenols, potent plant antioxidants, are what give green tea it’s immune boosting effects. Try drinking Matcha, which is the most nutrient dense green tea and can be purchased as a loose leaf or in sachets. In addition to being a super strong agent for immunity, green tea can also protect you against the growth of cancerous tumors. What can be better than that?