While being sick is never fun, getting a cold or flu in the summer seems to be the worst, because you’re hot and sticky in addition to being all stuffed up. So, how do you build up your immunity to prevent this from happening in the first place? Surprisingly, the best place to start is with your digestive health, as 70% of your immune system is in your gut. Let’s talk about what things you should be including in your diet to boost your healthy bacteria to fight off all those bugs.
Yogurt is loaded with all those healthy bacteria in the form of probiotics. By adding some Greek yogurt to your smoothie, you’ll be helping to create balance in your gut to fight off any illness-causing bacteria. While regular yogurt also contains probiotics, Greek yogurt is a great choice because it’s higher in protein.
Along with fibre, flaxseeds are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which help to repair any damage in the cells of your intestine, strengthening your immunity. They also help to reduce inflammation, which is at the root of many chronic health issues. Ground flaxseed, like that found in NutraCleanse™, is the best option for the nutrients in flax to be absorbed by your body.
Coconut oil is a great source of healthy fats, particularly lauric acid, which has natural antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties to help keep your immune system healthy. What’s more is that coconut oil is antimicrobial, which means that it can help kill off the unhealthy bacteria in your digestive system to help you stay healthy.
Ginger has been used for thousands of years to ease tummy troubles like nausea and indigestion. In addition to acting as a digestive aid, ginger has natural anti-inflammatory properties and is great for detoxification, both of which are great when you feel the sniffles coming on.
Artichokes are a great source of prebiotics, which act as a source of nutrients for probiotics. They’re also loaded with antioxidants and Vitamin C to help keep your immune system healthy.
Kombucha is all the rage right now—and for good reason! The sweetened, fermented tea drink is packed full of those beneficial probiotics. Kombucha is also a great source of antioxidants to support immunity.
You just can’t beat beets! Beets (and beet juice) is high in Vitamin C and iron, both of which are important in boosting your immune system. Beets also contain a compound called betaine, which helps with detoxification and reducing inflammation in the body.
Pitaya (or dragon fruit) smoothie bowls are huge among health bloggers right now! Pitaya is full of antioxidants, vitamin C and B vitamins, all of which your body needs to stay healthy. This fruit is also a great source of fibre to keep your digestive system healthy.
Dandelion greens are another superfood that make a great addition to an immunity-boosting smoothie or juice, but also work well in salads. They’re high in antioxidants and also make a great digestive aid.
Stay healthy this summer, by reinforcing good gut health—and start by trying NutraCleanse™.
Janelle Martel is a freelance writer and psychology student based out of sunny Tsawwassen! She also writes a healthy lifestyle blog at http://whollyhealthyblog.com/.