7 Foods To re-boost and re-energise our systems.
How do we re-boost and re-energise?
I wish I felt energised and re-energised all the time but sometimes, despite best intentions, I feel sluggish.
I know we should re-boost the immune system before we need and stock up on all the necessary goodness to ward off the nasties, it makes great sense, but it is easy to forget.
I’m doing pretty well with this list; we even have the pumpkin seeds on the table this morning. They are pretty delicious, so like all things, I better not get carried away.
Are there any extra super re- boost and re-energising foods you can recommend?
7 Foods To Re-Boost And Re-Energise
- 1. Natural yoghurt with ‘live cultures’
70% of your immune system resides within your gut and the gut has more immune cells than the rest of the body put together.
Gut bacteria directly informs and influences our immune system, which is why a healthy gut means a healthy immune system.
Look out for natural yoghurt with ‘live cultures’ to ensure the daily dose of good bacteria.
- 2. Garlic
Garlic has amazing anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal effects. Raw garlic is the most effective and can easily be added into pesto, bruschetta, infused oils, salad dressings and healthy dips like hummus and guacamole.
Pumpkin seeds have been a long time valued source of zinc. Zinc is so important to the immune system that even a mild deficiency can increase risk of infection. Try eating a handful of raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds a day.
- 4. Mushrooms
Mushrooms have been used for their immune boosting effects for centuries. A special sugar found in mushroom cell walls called beta glucans is the key to improving our immune defences. The varieties, Shiitake, Cordyceps, Enoki and Mitake are especially effective.
5. Coconut oil
Rich in special fatty acids called lauric and caprylic acid, which both have excellent anti-microbial properties. 50% of coconut oil is made up of lauric acid, which is converted in the body to an antiviral compound called monolaurin, making it the perfect food to ward off colds.
- 6. Strawberries
A wonderful source of vitamin C and antioxidant such as anthocyanin giving you the immune support you need.
- 7. Wild salmon
As many immune molecules are made up of protein, it’s absolutely essential for immunity. Salmon is not only an extremely healthy source of protein but also rich in Vitamin D. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble nutrient, which plays a key role in boosting the immune system.
p.s another way to re-energise is to watch this **sigh**
7 foods to re-boost and re-energise by lily soutter
Lily Soutter is a Nutritionist & Nutritional Therapist
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