Food is amazing. It gives us nutrition, energy, and so much more. Some foods help you fight off free radicals, promote good digestion, help you lose weight and keep your skin clear. Other foods can boost your immune system.
This National Nutrition Month, keep yourself educated on what foods can help you achieve optimal health. Here are some foods to get you on the right path.
- Fermented foods are rich in enzymes that promote good digestion and metabolism. Eating fermented food also introduces probiotics to your gut, thereby flushing out toxins and strengthening the immune system. Examples of fermented foods are kimchi, pickles, tempeh, and yogurt.
- Whey protein supports muscle health and the immunoglobulins and beta-glucans in whey support protecting your body’s immune system. Whey also aids your body in flushing out toxins.
- Eggs are a good source of protein and fats. Aim for fresh and organic eggs from a free-range chicken for the healthiest egg selections.
- Drink a glass of milk from grass-fed cows. While the jury is still out on raw and unpasteurized milk, some suggest that it is rich with good bacteria that can reduce episodes of allergy and boost your immunity.
- Lauric acid in coconut oil is beneficial for the body to produce monolaurin, which is an essential compound that is also found in valuable breast milk.
- Mushrooms are rich in vitamins B and C. They are also rich in calcium, protein, fiber and other essential minerals needed by your body.
- Mushrooms also contain beta-glucans that boost the immune system.
- Raspberries and blueberries have higher antioxidants when compared to other fruits. They are rich in phytochemicals like anthocyanin, hence are good immune booster to help you fight illnesses.
- Teas, especially Green Tea, Tulsi and Matcha offer a variety of health benefits. Matcha is high in antioxidant properties, even higher than blueberries and is more potent that Green tea. Tulsi has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years, while Green tea is rich in antioxidants and polyphenols, which is good for the body.
- Herbs and spices, especially garlic, has anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties that are good for your health.