Fall and winter season are coming soon and with them nasty colds and bugs. To stay healthy through the seasons, here is a small selection healthy immune boosters that you can aim to include into your daily nutrition routine.

Kiwi:

Packed with more immune-enhancing vitamin C than oranges, kiwis are always in season—and they’re delicious.

Onions:

Onions are immune builders and cancer-fighting food due to their quercetin content, an anti-inflammatory compound with beneficial effects on chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease. They help build strong bones, are an incredible anti-inflammatory food and can even help allergy and asthma sufferers containing powerful antioxidants and are and  antiviral.

Mushrooms:

Three specific types have the greatest health benefit for the immune system, Maitake, shiitake, cremini and reishi. They are loaded with vitamins, have anti-cancer properties and antioxidants among them L-ergothioneine, which neutralizes free radicals and s enzymes with antioxidant activity. They break down sugar in red blood cells and are a metabolic energy enhancer. Add them to soups, stews, salads or anywhere you like them for an immune boost.

Yogurt with “live and active cultures:

helps replace healthy bacteria in the digestive tract – important because the digestive track plays a big role in keeping the whole body healthy. Aim for organic, high quality and yoghurt with many beneficial bacteria.

Sweet potatoes:

contain vitamin A and beta-carotene, both powerful immune boosters. Instead making traditional french fries, you can bake sweet potato wedges rubbed in olive oil with a dash cinnamon and turmeric or any spice you like.

Spinach:

There’s a reason Popeye wolfed down this absolute super food. It contains folate that helps repair cells and keep our immune systems running strong and a high amount calcium.

Walnuts:

They contain the highest amount Omega-3 fats all nuts which is and incredible precursor for overall immune health. They lower triglycerides and reduce plaque formation and support brain function. They are a great snack for children, consumption have demonstrated reduction in behavioral problems in children. They are also a great tool for weight management because they decrease hunger and cause people to snack less on unhealthy foods.

Please call me with any questions you might have 770.778.3535. I would love to hear from you! 

 

Yvonne Wilhelmi
Health Coach

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