by Associate Clinician Kate Amato
Cold and flu season is upon us, and this year clients have been exposed to MANY strains of illness. One of the questions I have been asked frequently is, “What can I do to boost my immune system?” This is a great question, and the answer lies right in our kitchen… FOOD! Yes friends, there are a TON of immune-boosting supplements found in nature. Could you take a supplement? Sure! But why would you if some of the best remedies the good Lord created are right at your fingertips? What are these great foods you may ask? Here are a few….
Garlic: Naturally fights immune stresses like bacteria and viruses. High in vitamin C and vitamin B6.
Ginger: Antioxidant. Helps support digestion and inflammation. Ginger works best when consumed in its raw, natural form.
Green Veggies: Kale, spinach, chard, and beet greens all have green immune-supporting benefits. They help fight infection and are high in antioxidants and vitamins.
Almonds: High in vitamin E; this is essential for the body to absorb immune-boosting, fat-soluble vitamins.
Turmeric: High in anti-inflammatory properties, as well as an antioxidant. Also has anti-bacterial, -fungal, and -viral properties.
Citrus: Vitamin C galore! Essential for immune systems.
Bone Broth: AKA “Liquid Gold.” Bone broth is full of amazing vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that are essential for the body. Plus, it is healing on the digestive system, which is where a huge portion of that immune system is rooted.
Here is a great recipe to get in a lot of these awesome foods in one sitting. Enjoy!
Immune Boosting Drink
1-2 cups green veggies (spinach, kale, chard, etc.)
¼ cup berries
1-2 cloves garlic
Piece of ginger (cut to your taste preference)
Piece of turmeric root (go small to start with)
1-2 cups water, coconut milk, or coconut water
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth.
Kate Amato, NTP
Kate is an Associate Clinician at the Well of Life Center for Natural Health. The Well of Life Center is a holistic wellness center that specializes in nutrition, chiropractic, massage services, and more. Celebrating their 11th year in business, the Well of Life Center has locations in Doylestown and Bethlehem, PA. For more information, please visit welloflifecenter.com.