If you find yourself getting the sniffles when the weather changes, follow these 5 healthy eating tips to keep your immune system strong!
A Green Juice A Day
You don’t have to do any special juice cleanse, just adding in one green juice a day will give your body essential nutrients like Vitamins C, A and Zinc to keep you going strong. One of my favorite immune recipes is: 5 carrots, 1 cucumber and ½ a beet. Don’t have a juicer? No worries- Whole Foods stores have fresh pressed juice bars.
Cut Out Sugar
Here it is again- that rule we all love to ignore. But there was a study done in 1973 that showed intake of sugar could reduce your immune response for up to 5 hours after consuming it. That’s a pretty big window! Sugar reduces the efficacy of your white blood cells, reducing their ability to eat up bacteria and viruses.
Incorporating shiitake, maitake, reishi and cordyceps into your diet will strengthen your immune system. Add dried shiitake and maitake mushrooms to soups and stews, or sauté fresh ones with other vegetables for a delicious side dish. There are now many hot drink mixes you can buy that contain the medicinal mushrooms reishi and cordyceps, making it super easy to include them in your diet.
Just Add Garlic
Garlic and onions contain antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Boost your soups, sauces, and roasted veggies by adding these flavorful foods. Bonus if you eat them raw in pesto and salad to maximize their immune boosting properties.
Adequate water intake is essential for all processes in the body, including immune system function. This time of year can be harder to stay hydrated as the cooler weather makes water seem less appealing. Increase your fluid intake with herbal teas such as ginger and echinacea.