A strong immune system comes from good gut health. Here are 3 recommendations inspired by Dr. Susan Blum, who wrote a book on the subject .
Eat vegetables every meal. Vary the type and color to get a mix of nutrients. If you're not a fan, get creative with and mix them with flavors you like. An easy way to get your fill is to juice, add herbs and spices and microwave for 4 minutes. Add a little to each meal. Raw veg is great too for those of you with strong digestive systems but counterproductive if you don't as you won't absorb the nutrients!
Enjoy quality fats. Apparently there are lots of olive oils that don't make the grade. There's a list of the best ones here. Add it after you've cooked your food to keep the full benefits. You can also get healthy fats from nuts and seeds. Keep them fresh and grind just a week's worth of seeds at a time. Sprinkle them on your food. Nuts and seeds are best eaten raw if you can but roasted is better if it means you will eat them more often (or can only chew them that way!).
Consume probiotics. This can be unprocessed fermented foods such as sauerkraut or kimchi from health food stores. Build up to a fork full each meal. You can drink kombucha instead or take a probiotic supplement daily. Here is a great list of some known and unknown probiotic foods including... believe it or not, dark chocolate.
This blog post was inspired by an interview with Susan Blum on Aviva Romm’s Natural MD radio.
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