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NUTRITION & IMMUNITY
WITH A PANTRY LIKE THIS, COLD & FLU SEASON GOT NOTHIN' ON YOU!
Now's the time to really start paying attention to what you're putting in your body. We need to make sure we're strengthening our immune system before the cold and flu season hits! Not once we're feeling the aches and pains of it.
The best ways to boost immunity is through diet, exercise, and adequate sleep. In the following newsletters, we'll focus on exercise and sleep for immunity. But this week, let's dive into nutrition for immunity. What foods every kitchen should have in it NOW to boost immunity and breeze through the flu season unscathed. Let's do this!
1. CHIA SEEDS
Why? Chia seeds are packed with protein, fiber, and have powerful antioxidant anti-anti-inflammatory power. Plus, the vitamins and minerals contained in chia seeds support immunity and encourage sleep (thanks to their magnesium content).
Why? Research shows, walnuts have been beneficial for brain health and psychological stress (which can weaken immunity). They're also one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory foods we know of! Plus, they contain several nutrients that support immunity (copper, vitamin E, B6, and folate).
3. CHAMOMILE TEA
Why? It's most powerful tool is its ability to relax the CNS (central nervous system) and aide in sleep. This protects and supports the immune system. Chamomile also has antibacterial activity in the body which helps stave of infections.
4. KIDNEY BEANS
Why? They're packed with fiber which feeds the good bacteria in the gut leading to stronger immunity. They're also a powerful antioxidant and contain several minerals that boost immunity.
5. COCOA POWDER
Why? Real raw cocoa powder has anti-inflammatory effects in the body. It's also been shown to be beneficial for brain and heart health. Plus, the antibacterial properties boost immunity! But, buy only organic, raw, and non-Dutched versions.
6. EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
Why? It contains both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Both of which boost immune cell activity and reduce systemic inflammation. Not to mention, research shows it's also beneficial in protecting agains inflammatory conditions like IBS, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Of course, this list could get quite extensive but this is a great place to start! Stock your kitchen with these powerful foods and there's no doubt you'll be ahead of the game when protecting yourself this flu & cold season. Just be sure to include these items several times a week for maximum benefit.
In Love & Gratitude,