Its that time of year when sickness abounds! We were back to school for two weeks and then four out of the five of us were struck with strep throat. Luckily, I stayed healthy and my son said it was because I eat my veggies! Turns out he wasn’t far from the truth. Not only do I eat my veggies, but also seven other foods that boost our immunity!
Yogurt is a great food to boost the immune system. We want to look for live active culture and consume two 6-ounce servings a day. This may seem like a lot, but, if you are getting sick often, for example my teacher friends, folks who work in the medical field, any one really who may be in contact with LOTS of germs; you need the healthy active live cultures. Think of probiotics as the good guys in your system. They are the good soldiers who go into your system and destroy the bad guys.
2) Whole grain, Oats, and Barley
Oats and barleys are packed with the specific type of fiber that has anti-microbial and has anti-oxidant capabilities. Anti-oxidant- means no oxidization. Compare it to your pipes rusting. The last thing you want to do is have the pipes rust in your house right? The fiber has anti-microbial meaning anti-germs, and anti-oxidant meaning anti-oxidation- no rusting. It keeps you full, keeps you healthy, and it keeps your immune system on point all about that.
Garlic is one of those power foods that you need to consume a decent amount of to be truly effective but garlic is super effective. Garlic is loaded with allicin and it fights infection and bacteria and makes it very hard for those germs to stay alive. To be most effective, you should eat the garlic raw (cooking diminishes the potency of the allicin!) but load up on the garlic and you can’t loose!
4) Shellfish or Brazil Nuts
Selenium is the ingredient in both shellfish and brazil nuts that packs the punch! Selenium reduces inflammation and helps white blood cells. Selenium is an essential trace mineral important for cognitive function and for those of us who deal with thyroid health, selenium is something we want to consume daily! Two brazil nuts a day or shellfish two servings a week will help to keep your selenium levels higher and help to keep you healthy!
5) Chicken Soup
Your mom or grandma may not be far off from the truth with offering you chicken noodle soup when you are sick. When chicken is cooked, it releases an amino acid called cysteine. This cysteine actually resembles a prescription drug commonly used to treat bronchitis.
In addition to cysteine, the salt in the soup helps to keeps mucus thin and of course the addition of garlic, onion and other spices you get all kinds of health benefits.
6) Sweet Taters, carrots, squash, pumpkin, cantaloupe
I love sweet potatoes! Well, all orange fruits and veggies, actually! These foods contain vitamin A which your body then turns into beta carotene. Vitamin A helps your skin, which is your largest organ! To keep it simple, your skin keeps viruses and germs OUT, which keeps you healthier! Your skin protects you. To gain maximum benefit from vitamin A, we should eat 1/2 cup a day which will account for 40% of your daily beta-carotene intake.
I know, not everyone LOVES mushrooms as much as I do, but these amazing veggies increase the production of white blood cells and make them more fiesta! So think about mushrooms as that veggie that gives your immune system a natural boost! The best part about mushrooms is that they are SO potent you don’t even need that much to feel the effect. Simply 1/4 ounce to 1 ounce a few times a day. You can add mushrooms to your eggs, pasta, salad, soups, side dishes…. or if you really have an aversion there is a great supplement. Shakeology Boost Focused Energy is formulated with American and Asian ginsengs and guarana to support focus, enhance alertness, and improve productivity throughout the course of the day. Its blend of mushrooms and adaptogens also supports the body when under stress all without artificial colors, flavors or perservatives
Shakeology is packed with 70+ superfoods but the three kinds that are going to be most beneficial for us during cold and flu season are antioxidants phytonutrients and adaptogens.
We already know that antioxidants means that our internal pipes won’t rust. There are many powerful antioxidants in Shakeology including açai berries, acerola cherry, bilberry, blueberries, camu-camu, goji berries, pomegranate, rose hips, luo han guo, grape seed and green tea. We know that
Phytonutrients provide for a strong immune system, promote healthy aging, help to detoxify the body and promote a healthy pH balance. Phytonutrients in Shakeology include and include moringa, chlorella, spirulina, spinach, barley grass, kamut grass, oat grass, and wheatgrass. So if you’re not one to do shots of wheat grass, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!
Shakeology is loaded with 9 adaptogen herbs (Astragalus, ashwagandha, cordyceps, gingko leaf, tulsi (holy basil leaf), maca root, maitake mushroom, reishi mushroom, schisandra) to increase energy, protect the body from stress. This is more than any other product on the market and what makes Shakeology so different from any other supplement out there. Adaptogen herbs help promote strong immune system function, help the body cope with environmental stress and naturally help increases energy. All important when you are trying to fight off illness! An added benefit of adaptogens is that they promote calmness. We know rest and sleep is important when you are sick.