It’s that time of year again! Cold and flu season. The kids are back in school and who knows what they’ll bring home! And with more people being exposed to germs there will be more people getting sick. I remember getting sick very often come fall and winter. But that was 4 years ago! Yes, you read right - I haven’t gotten a full-blown cold or flu in 4 years. I may get a little tickle in the back of my throat or a slight bit of congestion but that is it! Nothing else. At these times, I just up certain foods and in a day (or two at most!) I am good as new!
Aren't you ready to break up with colds and flus??
Here's how to break up with colds and flus once and for all!
There are several foods that should be eliminated in order to be in optimal health and wellbeing and these can vary depending on the person. But there are 3 foods that are universally known to promote negative responses within your body. They are mucus-forming and pro-inflammatory which equals poor health.
3 Foods to Avoid for Enhanced Immunity
Wheat/Gluten - is highly inflammatory in just about everyone and the common forms of wheat/gluten we are exposed to are highly processed and poor in nutrients.
Dairy - is best left for the very rare occasion, if at all. Dairy foods create mucus and inflammation in your body. Commercially available, not organic, dairy is also highly processed and the more processed the food the worse it is for you.
Peanuts - are another common allergen. Even if you don’t experience a full blown allergic response peanuts are creating a reaction in your body, inflammation.
Most of your immune system is in your gut and any foods that create imbalances in your gut make it easier for you fall ill.
5 Foods to Eat for Enhanced Immunity
Green Tea - has powerful antioxidants and the amino acid L-theanine that are well-known for their immune boosting properties. To reap the maximum benefits from your green tea, steep it for 2 minutes and use just-below boiling water. Adding an organic lemon wedge and raw honey helps lessen some of Green Tea’s bitterness. But DO NOT add milk! Milk binds the polyphenols (antioxidants) in green tea making them ineffective.
Full-fat Plain Greek Yogurt - yes, I did mean FULL-FAT. Fat-free, 2% and all that nonsense is a processed ‘food-like’ substance. Ever known a cow to produce skim milk?? No, right?? If it does not exist in that form in nature then your body doesn’t recognize it either. Look for greek yogurt with Live & Active Cultures. Organic greek yogurt is an excellent source of protein and gut-friendly probiotics. Eat it for breakfast with some organic berries or a little raw honey.
Dark Leafy Greens - I know, not surprising, but dark leafy greens are nutritional powerhouses. When your body is filled with nutrients you will experience enhanced immunity, regardless of the season! Eat plenty of spinach, kale, swiss chard, collard greens - sauteed in coconut oil, steamed, broiled, any way you like it! Just make sure ½ your plate is dark leafy greens with other veggies!
Organic Apples - have many nutrients needed to maintain a healthy immune system such as vitamin C, B vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients and are high in fiber too! There’s a reason for the saying ‘an apple a day...’ Eat an organic apple as a snack or add it to your greek yogurt or oatmeal.
Japanese Mushrooms - are great immune boosters. They are loaded with ergothioneine, a powerful antioxidant, that isn’t destroyed when its cooked. Choose enoki, maitake, oyster, shitake etc. Add these mushrooms to your salads, stir-fry or soup with lots of ginger root, which has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
You can avoid a cold and/or flu this season and for the rest of your seasons!! All it takes is you choosing to be healthy and making sure your choices nourish your body with the nutrients it needs to make you feel your best!! When you choose to add the 5 foods to eat I mentioned above and avoid the 3 foods to avoid you will notice there are more benefits than just improved immunity! So go ahead and break up with colds and flus!
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