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Foods that Boost Immunity!

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Patrice Buckley

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May 20, 2020


Foods that boost immunity are in high demand due to the current pandemic. Immunity is extremely important during this time because it is the body’s defense mechanism against infectious organisms and other invaders. This system is designed to attack these organisms and other substances that can cause disease. However, when this system is not nourished properly it cannot do its job well. It's the mind/body connection!

How do we protect the immune system?

Consuming foods that are high in antioxidants is great for the immune system. Quick science lesson: Antioxidants are molecules that tame and neutralize the effects of other molecules in the body which seek to cause damage. Basically, they want to destroy everything that is harmful. So it is safe to say, antioxidants boost your immune system.

Now the question becomes, how do you incorporate more antioxidants into your diet? Although there are many vitamins you can take, the best source is food.

1. Drink Tea

Tea is brimming with antioxidants and can be added into your morning routine. Research suggests that green and black teas contain the highest amount of antioxidants. Green tea, black tea, oolong tea, and elderberry tea are great to start with.

2. Eat Dark fruits/vegetables

Blueberries, grapes, blackberries, plums, and eggplants contain the antioxidant anthocyanin, which is known for its memory boosting abilities.

  • Blueberries and blackberries can be added into cereal, oatmeal, smoothies, waffles, etc
  • Grapes can be frozen and eaten as a cool treat during hot summer days
  • Eggplants can be cut and put on the grill like a steak
  • Plums can be eaten like apples

It is important to eat a well-balanced diet that contains colorful fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Meals with a variety of colors will provide you with an adequate amount of antioxidants.

This post does not serve as a diagnosis or treatment plan. Consult your doctor if you are looking to supplement your diet with specific antioxidants.

BONUS RECIPE

Antioxidant Rich Smoothie

  • 8oz unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup blackberries
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 tbs nut butter

Tune in next week for more antioxidant tips and recipes.





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