Feeling a bit slumpy and lazy lately? Time to break out the Boost Food Bible-- my 7 surefire foods to get you re-energized and revived. Are you ready? Let’s go with number 1!
- Natural yogurt & “live cultures”
You probably already know that your immune system helps protect your body against allergies and illnesses, but did you know that 70% of this system resides in the gut? In fact, your stomach has more immune cells than the rest of your body combined! The bacteria in your gut informs and influences your immune system. A healthy gut means a healthy immune system every time. Keep an eye out for all natural yogurt with “live cultures” to make sure you get your daily dose of good bacteria.
- Garlic is key
Besides tasting incredible, garlic actually has incredible anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal effects. Raw, uncooked garlic is the most effective, and can be easily added into pesto, bruschetta, infused oils, salad dressings, and dips like hummus and guacamole.
- Pumpkin seeds to the rescue
Pumpkin seeds are a huge source of Zinc, and have been valued for hundreds of years for this anti-viral property. Zinc is so important to the immune system that even a mild deficiency can increase risks of infection. Go ahead and try a handful of raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds a day for real results.
Mushrooms are another historically-loved source of immune boosting power! There is a special sugar found within mushroom cell walls called Beta Glucans. This sugar is key to improving our immune defences. Which mushrooms have it, you ask? Shiitake, Cordyceps, Enoki, and Mitake are among the most effective.
- Coconut Oil!!!
I talk a lot about coconut oil on here, but really, it is incredible. Rich in special fatty acids (lauric and caprylic acid), both have powerful anti-microbial properties. In fact, 50% of coconut oil is made of lauric acid, which the body converts to an antiviral compound called monolaurin. Before I get too sciency, this essentially makes coconut oil the perfect food for fighting colds.
- Strawberry Intake
These sweet berries have tons of Vitamin C and antioxidants such as anthocyanin, which gives your immune system the support it needs!
- Wild-caught Salmon
Many of your immune system molecules are made up of protein, it’s completely necessary for immunity. Salmon not only is extremely healthy as a source of protein, but its extremely rich in Vitamin D. Vitamin D is fat-soluble, and plays a crucial role in boosting the immune system.