4 Aug 2016

7 Foods to Re-Boost And Re-Energise

7 Foods to Re-Boost and Re-Energise, vickiarcher.com

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 asked Lily for some reminders, an easy accessible list of ingredients to make us feel perky and sparky. 

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

Learn more about Lily @lilysoutternutrition.com

images, julius meinl am graben gourmet magazine  by nicole maria winkler

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Taste of France

Are you familiar with ail confit? It’s crispy/crunchy, like a cornichon, and the garlic taste is mild. The breath effect seems mild, too. Usually sold by olive vendors. I try to keep some on hand in the winter to ward off colds. They make good snacks.


I am but I can’t really get into it… I know I should… Perhaps my market “ail” is too strong?
P.S could you drop me an email please.. I don’t think I have your address… vicki@vickiarcher.com

Anita Rivera

Oh, “Sigh” indeed, as I watch this last boost for the immune system, Vicki! Fresh air, the sea water, good food, friends, a sense of play and the foods recommended above, all give us a sense of well-being. I was fortunate enough once to stay on the coast of Italy and taste all the pleasures I am seeing here. Thank you for this “boost” today that reminds me that the way I eat daily IS a special way to re-boost my life (garlic is a magical food. I have a friend who eats it raw any time she feels a cold coming on!)


All of these are magical foods, but I think part of that magic is in the way of life and the way they are eaten, as well. The sea air, the relaxing, the unhurried and pleasurable way to eat at a table with good conversation, perhaps a small glass of red wine, these all add years to our life, non? While not the coast of Italy, we are fortunate here on the coast of California to be able to enjoy much of the same things. It’s the “hurry, busy, busy” lifestyle we have here, though, that is the unhealthful factor. The older I get, the more I realize our parents, with their slower lifestyle, we’re living a better life than we do today in many ways.


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