Our body’s immune system is designed to protect us against diseases and harmful pathogens. Did you know that about 70% of our immune system is located in our gut? So eating well is important. Here are 5 Superfoods available at Lifefood to boost your immunity and general health.
1. Probiotic-rich crackers
A good level of probiotics in your body is necessary for a healthy digestive system and strong immunity. At Lifefood, we have a large range of raw organic crackers made with superfoods. And today, our attention is on our Sauerkraut crackers. We offer two variants: Chia Seeds or Buckwheat Sauerkraut crackers. We use raw sauerkraut which is very nutritious and rich in probiotics. Paired with your favourite spread or dip, Lifefood Raw Organic Sauerkraut crackers are ideal for lunch or as a snack.
2. Raw Organic Pumpkin Seeds
These little seeds are full of nutrients. They are a good source of zinc which helps the body fight off invading bacteria and viruses. Zinc also helps to protect the lining in our digestive tract. Pumpkin seeds contain vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant, essential to protect our body. You will find many products made with pumpkin seeds but our key products are Raw Organic pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed oil and pumpkin seed powder which are all available on our online shop.
3. Lifefood Chlorella
Chlorella (Chlorella Pyrenoidosa) is a single-celled freshwater blue algae, which is rich in nutrients and it also known for its ability to bind to heavy metals and toxins. Research shows that Chlorella can boost IgA secretion in the mouth and mucous membranes. This is crucial to build our cells ability to fight off pathogens that infect us by contacting our nose, eyes, and mouth. Chlorella has a hard cell wall that humans cannot digest. At Lifefood, we bring you a broken cell wall chlorella to help with the absorption of nutrients. For ideas on how to use Chlorella, here is a refreshing Seaweed Salad with Cucumber and Chlorella Dressing.
4. Lifefood Baobab
The fruit of the African Baobab tree is available in powder form which makes it very easy to use in smoothies and drinks. Not only is baobab rich in fibre, it also provides a good source of vitamin C. Research shows that good levels of vitamin C and zinc reduce symptoms and shorten the duration of respiratory tract infections including the common cold. Vitamin C also plays a role in the absorption of iron which is also required for good immunity. Why not try this Chia pudding recipe with baobab and mint.
5. Raw Organic Dried Mango
Mangos are a good source of vitamin A, C and antioxidants. Vitamin A is essential for the health of the skin, the lining of the respiratory tract, the gut, the bladder, the inner ear, and the eyes and for maintaining a healthy immune system. Lifefood Raw Organic mangos are not sulphured, sweetened, or pasteurised and do not contain any preservatives. They are slowly dehydrated at low temperatures to preserve all their goodness.
As well as eating a balanced diet incorporating some of the foods listed above, it is important to embrace specific lifestyle strategies to further support the function of your immune system. Increasing your intake of Vitamin C as mentioned above is very important. Why not try our Raw Organic Lifebar Superfoods Chia Pistachio with young barley or our Raw Organic Lifebar Superfoods Maca Baobab for an extra boost of antioxidants including vitamin C. Getting sufficient sleep and exercise, boosting your vitamin D levels with a supplement including both Vitamin D and K2 and reducing stress, sugar and alcohol will all contribute.