As far as we’re concerned, Socrates nailed it. His famous philosophy, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” was nothing short of genius. The power of healthy food and its influence over our body is incredible. Particularly when it comes to giving a boost to your immunity.
Have you ever stopped and consciously thought about the food you eat? All food has an impact on your body—be it positive or negative. What you eat affects how your system works—including regulating your moods, managing pain, and improving your mental health. If you enjoy healthy food, you’ll have a healthy body! If you continue eating a diet fuelled on processed, trans-fat packed burgers and fatty fries, your body won’t be so forgiving.
With this in mind, we asked Dr. Nat Kringoudis, a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) specialist, to share her favourite foods to boost your immunity.
There may be no surprises here, but the therapeutic benefits of tea have long been known to treat ailments, particularly in Chinese Medicine. Tea influences the digestive system to boost immunity; all because it helps your body better assimilate food better. Sip a cup of tea daily to reap the benefits of this amazing drink!
Roots are particularly wonderful for your skin. Your skin is your body’s first line of defence; protecting you from harmful bacteria, illness, and viruses. What’s more, your skin provides a protective wrapping for your organs. That’s why it’s important to care for your skin with lots of vitamins, such as high levels of Vitamin A. Vitamin A helps your body create connective tissue and is found in sweet potato and carrots—two delicious root vegetables. Just a ½ cup of roots will meet your body’s needs. You can find other foods with beta-carotene and Vitamin A in our Eating the Rainbow blog.
Bone broth is one of the most nourishing, nutrient rich, and best foods to boost your immunity. It can also help balance your hormones. By cooking bones for a long period of time, minerals are extracted that help reduce inflammation and decrease the effects and length of the common cold. Plus, the amino acids found in chicken broth can help your bronchial tubes. You really can’t eat too much!
Mushrooms have long been known to have a positive influence the body. In particular, they increase white blood cell activity, which is useful when an infection is on the rise since white blood cells support the body and ward off unwanted effects. Eating mushrooms daily can be enough to keep any pesky infections at bay.
5. Onions and Garlic
Onions and garlic help fight infection and bacterial growth. Best still, Dr. Nat shares that they’ve been shown to help reduce the growth of specific cancers. However, some people can find them difficult to digest, so always make sure they are cooked well. From a TCM perspective, both onion and garlic are pungent in flavour, which means they help to maximise circulation and deliver nutrients to where the body needs it most. They’re great to boost your immunity. Try adding a few onions and a little extra garlic to our Tofu Sausage, Tahini & Chili Mini Pizzas.
Using food to nourish your body is paramount for long-term wellness. Of course you can still get sick, but it’s important to consider what you’re eating if you want to boost your immunity.