With winter fast approaching, it is thoroughly important to keep our minds and bodies healthy and boost our immunities.
How can we boost our immunity to stay healthy during the next few months?
Well, there is no simple answer to this. We would need to carry out a combination of healthy lifestyle elements to really reap the benefits. However, it is widely agreed that the most important component proved to boost our immunities is not surprisingly… the food we consume!
We are living in an ever-changing world and with that brings new findings and equally new contradictions. For example, smoking was once considered a ‘healthy habit’ and now it is found to reduce life expectancy and is the root cause of many diseases!
Now, let’s get to the nitty-gritty and the all-important question. What foods will help boost your immunity?
Usually, when someone thinks of ‘immunity-boosting foods’ they are often drawn to common foods such as oranges, beans and fish. If these foods also came to your mind, you definitely wouldn’t be wrong..
However, there are many other foods ready to be consumed that are thought to be even more healthy than these.
You may or may not have heard of the term ‘superfoods’. This term is actually quite controversial as nutritionally speaking, superfoods are not a thing, and rather this term was devised for marketing purposes to influence food trends and sell products.
Nevertheless, we quite like the term superfoods as we believe there are definitely foods that are more superior to others.
Let’s start with..
Yes! Sumptuous and sweet strawberries are also considered a superfood. Best news ever, right?
Nutritious and delicious, berries are a nutritional powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants. Antioxidants are known to be associated with reducing the risk of developing heart disease, cancers and other inflammatory conditions.
So why not head to Kosher Kingdom and grab a pack of juicy and nutritious berries.
Next we move on to…
Dark Green Leafy Vegetables. Also knows as, DGLVs (after all, who doesn’t love an abbreviation)
DGLV’s consist of anything dark, green and well leafy! This includes kale, swiss chard and spinach. We know, not quite as enticing as the berry.. or maybe it is, if you’re more of a green vegetable kinda person! These vegetables contain nutrients such as folate (very important for expectant mothers), zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium, fibre AND vitamin C. That’s a lot of nutrients, no wonder these vegetables are considered super!
If you are not a huge fan of DGLVs, why not try blending them down into a homely, green vegetable soup. Don’t forget your salt and pepper, to give it that extra flavour.
We discussed the wonderful dark green leafy vegetables now we introduce… drumroll please.. Avocado!
The nations favourite staple of 2020 (and for good reason too).
The avocado is frequently confused as a vegetable, but whose to blame considering it is more commonly found in a green salad rather than a FRUIT salad. With that being said, 2020 and everything, we are coming across more and more people incorporating avocado into their morning fruit smoothies and this is definitely not a bad thing!
Avocados are also extremely rich in a variety of nutrients such as, vitamins, fibre, minerals and healthy fats. Just like olive oil, the avocado is high in monounsaturated fats (MUFAs basically, the good fats) very different to its enemy, the saturated fats. Oleic acid, which is found at a high concentration in MUFAs, is found to reduce inflammation in the body.
This is why avocados proudly make the list of superfoods.
Finally, leaving the best till last.. (bias opinion we know). We welcome the Garlic.
A crucial and popular culinary ingredient, due to its distinct flavour. It is SUPERbly healthy, but also, again we may be biased here, extremely flavoursome and tasty.
Garlic has been known for its medicinal benefits for centuries and is found to be effective in managing cholesterol and high blood pressure as well as preventing some types of cancers. Garlic is high in manganese, vitamin C and B6, selenium and fibre. But, most importantly and the reason we left garlic until last, is it is found to be terrific at supporting immune function!
There you have it. Our solid favourite fours. Berries, dark green leafy vegetables, the avocado and the flavoursome garlic.
If you are looking to boost your immunity, especially during the cold months, then look no further than these wonderful superfoods.