Spice Up Your Immune System
Alexandra Daugherty, CNP • Holistic Nutritionist
Are you constantly battling colds and flus? Does the change of seasons have you instantly feeling under the weather? Consider that it may be your body’s way in telling you have a weakened immune system. Stress, over the counter medication, non-nutritious diet and low activity levels all contribute to preventing your immune system from performing at its ultimate best (warding off cooties!)
When an immune system is weak, it suppresses the immune system’s natural response to every day germs and illness, causing recurring infections and frequent sick days. Germs are everywhere and it is impossible to avoid them. There are even pathogens floating in the air you’re breathing! You can use hand sanitizer, open doors handles with paper towel, wash your hands till they are dry as bone and wear a surgical mask, but all these germ-avoidance behaviors are useless if your immune system is not strong. Fortunately, there are many nourishing superfoods to help supercharge and boost your immune system back into gear.
Superfoods are foods that are so nutritionally dense and beneficial for health and well-being. They are also excellent to help boost immunity so you’re not susceptible to infections. Some of the few superfoods are chia seeds, kale, spinach, gogi berries, salmon, açai, ginger and garlic, but many more seem to be coming to the forefront daily. But my favorite superfood that has been around long before my generation is turmeric!
Turmeric is one of the best natural aliments to naturally boost your immune system due to its medicinal healing properties. It has the highest antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties among all spices. Turmeric has been known as the most powerful ancient healing herb in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine for thousands of years. This superfood is a beautiful flowering plant originated from Southern India, but is now popularly cultivated in South Asia. Turmeric belongs to the ginger family, Zingiberaceae, which ginger as well is considered a superfood.
How does Turmeric protect you from illnesses?
Turmeric contains lipopolysaccharide, a substance that is responsible for stimulating the body’s immune system. This golden spice acts as an excellent anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal that protects our immune system from numerous bacteria, germs, toxins and illnesses. Even if you’re in the middle of a nasty flu virus, turmeric will alleviate your symptoms a lot faster and have you feeling better a lot sooner.
If you often find yourself battling the flu or a cold, you may want to skip over-the-counter medication to fight off your colds, instead try a natural alternative treatment. Enrich your diet with nutritious vegetables and fruits, including superfoods like turmeric, get enough sleep, being regularly active and lower your stress levels.
Not sure where to start with adding turmeric to your diet?
Try adding turmeric to soups and stews, roasted vegetables, home made salad dressings, scrambled eggs, rice and even ice cream! You can also have this superfood by drinking any one of Turmeric Teas organic loose-leaf tea blends daily. Turmeric Teas is local Toronto tea company with the mission to make it easier to add turmeric to your daily regimen.
Brew and drink any one of Turmeric Teas signature tea blends to help build a stronger immune system and lessen your chances of getting sick. Turmeric Tea even combines the powerful combination of turmeric root and black pepper to help enhance turmeric’s bio-availability and absorption by 2000%.
One teaspoon of Turmeric Tea per cup of water and steep, covered, for 3-5 minutes and presto you have an incredible immune boosting tea with hundred more health benefits to enjoy, such as anti-inflammatory properties for alleviating joint pain and arthritis, blood sugar control and lower cholesterol – pretty amazing!