When it comes to a strong immune system, put down the Emergen-C packets and pick up some healthy foods.
Our immune system lives in our gut; what we eat determines how strong our immune system is. Supplements and powdered Vitamin C is not the way to go. In fact, the majority of those products are just brilliant advertising. To be healthy all year round be sure to pack in the fruits, veggies and whole grains, get plenty of sleep, stay active and stay hydrated.
Try adding this immune powered smoothie to your regimen; I’m not promising it’ll save you from the nasty spread of germs but this packs one hell of an immune boosting punch. A healthy immune system can ward off pathogens that make us sick.
Immune Powered Smoothie
2 medium seedless navel oranges, peeled
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (or to taste)
1 teaspoon peeled and grated fresh ginger (I love ginger so I add a shit ton)
3 pitted and soaked dates
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
1 frozen banana
1 handful of spinach
1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 - 1 cup water depending on the consistent you want; start small and add
5 ice cubes (optional but nice)
Put all ingredients into a blender and blend.
• To soak the dates, let them sit in room temperature water on the counter for ~ 30 minutes or boil water and pour on top of the dates. If using the flash soak method, let them hang out for about 10 minutes. Make sure you remove the pit.
• If using organic lemons, try testing a little of the peel into the smoothie. It really kicks the citrus zing up a notch and it’s delightful.
• Ginger, turmeric and flax seeds are well known for their anti-inflammatory properties. When we have too much inflammation in the body, we are more prone to getting sick.
• Citrus is well known for their naturally occurring Vitamin C. It won’t make your common cold disappear but Vitamin C is known to help repair immune system deficiencies. Again..not the powdered Vitamin C!
Stay healthy my fellow KO’s!
Recipe by Angela Dennison, RD, LDN