Winter can be a love/hate relationship for most of us - those that love the snow and those that hate the cold. But with winter comes cold and flu season, so we’ve got the scoop on 3 superfoods that can help strengthen your immune system so next time when you're on the bus and hear that one person coughing or sneezing, you won't be worried about "getting what they've got"!
Children on average may get 5-10 colds a year, while adults may get 2-4 colds a year according to Health Direct.
Colds affect the throat, the nose and the upper airways with common symptoms including coughing, fever, sore throat, sneezing, runny or blocked nose and general congestion whereas the flu is a viral infection affecting your throat, nose and sometimes your lungs with symptoms ranging from fevers to muscle aches.
Three superfoods that are known to help aid your immune system are: fermented Turmeric (probiotic), Barley Grass (chlorella) and Psyllium Husk.
Fermented Turmeric (Probiotic)
Turmeric comes from the Curcuma longa plant. The dried root is ground into the distinctive yellow turmeric powder and when fermented, it becomes naturally rich in probiotics that are great for increasing the diversity of good bacteria in your gut, resulting in improved immunity and vitality. You can find Turmeric at your local supermarket in the spices aisle and there are many recipes to make Turmeric tea or fermented Turmeric available online.
Barley Grass (Chlorella)
This superfood is rich with phytonutrients, including amino acids, chlorophyll, beta-carotene, potassium, phosphorous, biotin, magnesium and the B-complex vitamins. Regular consumption of barley grass provides the required nutrition which is necessary for balancing the optimal production of immune cells in the body. An effective and strong immune system vigilantly fights infections and prevents the development of fatal diseases. You can find barley grass at any health store or local supermarket.
Psyllium is a form of fibre made from the husks of the Plantago ovata plant’s seeds. It’s most commonly known as a laxative, but you may know it better as Metamucil. Research shows that taking Psyllium is beneficial to many parts of the human body, including your immune system. Scientists are discovering that psyllium not only boosts digestive health but also contributes to our immune function. This makes sense, considering 70% to 80% of the cells of the immune system are located in the gastrointestinal tract.
Adding these 3 superfoods individually to your diet can be a great way to strengthen your immune system BUT if you combine them into your morning smoothie or juice, you are giving your body a massive boost of probiotics and putting yourself in a better position to stave off sickness during flu season. Our beauty elixirs contain all 3 of these nutrient-dense raw superfoods and more, available for purchase here!