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Immune Boosting Foods

This time of year, when the weather get’s a little colder outside, it’s good to make a conscious effort to up your intake of fresh fruit and vegetables that helps nourish the immue system and give your body the best chance to heal.  Over 70% of your immune system is in your gut and what you eat forms forms the foundation to your health.

Garlic has antifungal and antibacterial properties to help fight against infections.

Ginger helps promote gastric motility and works as an anti-inflammatory.

Turmeric is a natural antiviral with potent anti anti-inflammatory properties. High in curcumin a powerful antioxidant.

Manuka honey or Bee Pollen works as an antibacterial to help fight virus and bacteria.

Chili works as an anti-inflammatory, helps stimulate digestion and helps clear congestion.

Omega 3 rich foods such as flaxseeds, hemp or chia to  support our immune system.

Citrus, kiwi fruit + other fruits rich in vitamin C that helps support and nourish your immune system.

Papaya is rich in beta-carotene to help protect against infection.

Fermented foods – rich in probiotics to help protect our digestive and immune systems. Think kefir, natural yoghurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, apple cider vinegar, pu’reh tea, tempeh, labneh (yoghurt cheese).

Pineapple and papaya is high in vitamin C and digestive enzymes that helps improve absorption of nutrients and have anti-inflammatory  properties which can help boost the immune system.

Protein Rich Foods – to help nourish your ummune system, repair the body and assist recovery. Choose nutrient rich ones with a complete amino acid profile such as fish, organic chicken, grass fed beef or game meats, organic pea protein isolate, grass fed WPI, organic eggs and yoghurt. Check out my protein calculator on this site for more info.

Green Super Foods such as kale, spinach, leafy greens, wheatgrass help to increase alkalinity and detoxification in your body that can promote healing.