How can you naturally boost your immune system? A question we often ask ourselves, especially coming into the flu season each year.
Emma & Tom’s believe in creating nutritious products that are not only tasty but also help look after your body. Here are our go-to five foods and drinks to help boost your immune system.
It’s becoming clear that our gut plays an important role in body balance. The trillion microbes inside us communicate to each other and are believed to send signals to our brain influencing our thoughts and behaviours. Ingestion of fermented foods containing different varieties of beneficial probiotics help maintain good digestion. Emma & Tom’s Probiotic+Prebiotic Juice contains Lactobacillus casei strain 431, one of the most widely studied probiotics in the world. This strain has showed in many studies to strengthen immune system, which may help fight against common colds and flu.
Now that we have a community of probiotics, it is necessary to continue feeding them with healthy foods that they prefer. Fermentable foods such as garlic, leeks, artichokes, onions and cereals will keep them healthy and live inside us for longer. Any fibre including soluble and insoluble is beneficial for digestion in general. So, eat up and feed your tiny army!
Vitamin C packed foods
Vitamin C plays an important part of many chemical and enzymatic reactions in our body. It keeps our white blood cell production in check and hence keep us ready for invasion. Some easy ways to incorporate vitamin C rich foods into your diet include lemon juice, spinach and capsicum in your salad, berries on your breakfast cereals and having a piece of grapefruit for your snack. Emma & Tom’s Juice and Smoothie Range is also packed with vitamin C.
Essential fats are long chain fatty acids (a.k.a Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids) such as Omega 3, 6 and 9. These essential fatty acids particularly Omega 3 reduce inflammation in our body. To achieve the full effect of anti-inflammation, consuming a balance of 1:4 of Omega 3 : Omega 6 is vital. Too much of Omega 6 causes the reversed effect. Rich source of Omega 3 is primarily fatty fish like salmon and sardines. But if you are vegan or don’t like the fishy taste, you can opt for chia seeds and hemp seeds. Nuts and avocado also contain essential fats but only Omega 6. Therefore, a combination of nuts and seeds is just perfect.
Antioxidant rich foods
Free radicals damage our cells. Antioxidant rich foods such as blueberries, dark chocolate, turmeric and green tea contain flavonoid compounds that can scavenge these free radicals looking to attack our cells. Emma & Tom’s Green Tea contains 180mg per bottle with no added sugars, preservatives or any artificial colour or flavour.
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