Ingredients To Boost Your Immune System

Over the past year, we’ve all mainly heard ‘Wash your hands with soap and water and make sure to boost your immune system.’

Our immune systems are our first port of call in the fight to stave off infections and diseases. To help, we’ve put together a list of top 4 ingredients to include into your meals so you can keep your immune system fighting fresh.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar Water
    • Balance your blood sugar
    • Improve digestion
    • Kick cravings

How to incorporate: Mix 1tsp – 2 TBSP to a glass of water to drink in the AM or 20 minutes before a meal to enhance digestion, especially for heavier meals

  • Fermented Vegetables
    • Fermented vegetables are rich in probiotics, which are good bacteria that help the body digest food and promote a healthy gut microbiome
    • Decrease bloating and cravings
    • Improve absorption of nutrients
    • Boost your immune system resulted from healthy gut microbiome

How to incorporate: pick up a bag of choice (lots of options from kimchi, carrots, and sauerkraut, etc. Add a spoonful to your meals. It also works very well for an afternoon pick-me-up (especially when you aren’t actually hungry but want a little something). For my domestic goddesses, bonus for making your own. The label should say “live active culture.” Also look for bacteria such as Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, Bifidobacterium lactis HN019. 

  • Carrots
    • Carrots have tons of antioxidants that are  good for your heart.
    • The potassium in carrots can help keep your blood pressure in check.
    • They have fiber, which can help you stay at a healthy weight and lower your chances of heart disease.

How to incorporate: Carrots are great to snack on! You can buy a bag of baby carrots, pair it with hummus or baba ganoush – absolutely delicious and filling!

  • Dark chocolate  (YES YES, you’ve read it right.)
    • The cocoa found in dark chocolate and the phenolic compounds inside the cocoa can strengthen the defences of our immune system and up our body’s resistance.
    • Cocoa is one of the richest sources of antioxidants in the world which helps reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.

How to incorporate: Make a hot chocolate! 1 ½ cups choice of milk, ½ cup heavy cream, 2 teaspoons powdered sugar, 8 ounces dark chocolate at least 70%, chopped

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