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HOW TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY WITH Healthy Foods & HONEY

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HOW TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY WITH Healthy Foods & HONEY

If you’re anything like us, your tv is on all morning as you’re trying to stay up-to-date on the latest statistics, recommendations, orders, and trends happening during this crazy time. In an effort to balance the facts from the feel-good stories, news outlets are featuring a variety of segments from how to set up a helpful at-home work station and workouts you can do while at home to community efforts and ways you can help. A popular feature we have seen recently is foods and recipes that boost your immunity, which in turn helps you stay healthy. With that in mind, we did a little reading up of our own and are sharing some popular immunity-boosting ingredients and even some honey-inspired recipes featuring themAntioxidants, minerals, vitamins – these are common health words that we hear nearly on a daily basis, but what exactly do all of these things do? We’re breaking down the basic groups, some of the important elements and what they do in our bodies to boost immunity.

Vitamins

Anyone grow up taking a daily vitamin (hopefully in the shape of our favorite stone-aged family, the Flintstones)? defines vitamins as “substances that your body needs to grow and develop normally.” While there are a lot of vitamin supplements on the market, many essential vitamins can be found in everyday foods:

  • Vitamin C: Probably the most often thought of and sought after vitamin when sick, vitamin C is also categorized as an antioxidant and is related to skin, bone and connective tissue health. This vitamin also helps the body absorb iron and is readily found in citrus fruit, papaya, and greens like spinach and broccoli.

  • B-Vitamins: While B-12 and B-6 may sound familiar, there are actually eight B-vitamins, and they work to help your body make energy from food and help create new red blood cells. Many of these vitamins are found in protein like poultry, beans, and even button mushrooms.

  • Vitamin E: Also classified as an antioxidant, vitamin E plays a role in both your metabolic and immune systems, and is found in vegetable oils, nuts like almonds, and seeds like sunflower seeds.

  • Vitamin D: Vitamin D helps the body to absorb calcium, leading to strong bones, but it also plays a role in your immune, nerve, and muscle systems too. While your body does make vitamin D when your body is exposed to sunlight, it can also be found in egg yolks, saltwater fish and dairy products like milk and yogurt (especially the kind with “live and active cultures,”

  • which help to stimulate the immune system).

 

Food to boost your immune system

If you’re staying at home try to make healthy food choices.

Make sure you’re still eating plenty of fruit and vegetables. If you can’t get hold of a regular supply of fresh fruit and vegetables, stock up on frozen. They’re nutritionally just as good as fresh. Choosing different coloured fruit and vegetables will give you a range of immune boosting plant-nutrients.

It’s easy to snack when you’re stuck at home. Boost your immune system by choosing fresh fruit, nuts or seeds and keeping away from high sugar and fat processed snacks like biscuits and potato chips. As processed snacks can increase inflammation in your body, putting stress on your immune system.

Fruit, nuts and seeds are filling snacks (high in protein and fibre) full of important vitamins and minerals.

Choose foods from a wide range of groups: dairy or non-dairy alternatives, meat, fish, chicken, eggs, nuts and seeds, fruit and vegetables. Making sure your body has all it needs to keep healthy and support your immune system.

Honey

So what does honey have in common with the above ingredients? Well, research has shown that honey also contains a wide array of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants! Flavonoids and phenolic acids, which act as antioxidants, are found in honey, although the amount and type of these compounds depend largely on the floral source (check out more about honey’s nutritional profile). On top of that, honey is also a natural cough soother and energy booster, which is why we are pairing it up with other immunity-boosting ingredients

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