Sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha and reddish algae are among the foods experts believe that can boost your immune system, as well as the classic broccoli.
Did you know that some foods can give the immune system a real boost? In addition to the classic broccoli we find more exciting names – kimchi and kombucha are two of them.
Fruits & Vegetables
According to author and nutrition physiologist for Bama, Gunn Helene Arsky, enough fruit and green is the first bid to strengthen the immune system. She explains that five portions, one portion of which equals 100 grams, is important for keeping antioxidant intake.
– There are especially a lot of antioxidants in broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, beetroot, berries, red and blue grapes, pomegranates, tomatoes and fresh herbs. The few of us eat more than two and a half servings per day, so you’d like to double the intake, “says Arsky.
Among fermented foods, we find kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, biola and biolayogurt. Fermented foods can be briefly described for foods that have undergone a fermentation process, and in this food we find lactic acid bacteria that strengthen the intestinal flora.
– The bacteria in these foods are immunostressing, not only locally in the intestines, but also to protect against common winter colds and respiratory infections. It’s extra important to eat fermented food if you go to antibiotics, because then you will maintain the good intestinal flora, “says Arsky.
Vitamin C and Vitamin
According to nutrition physiologist, kombucha tea is added to a bacterial culture that has been allowed to stand and ferment at room temperature with sugar for a week and taste a little icy.
– This lactic acid fermented beverage is among the world’s healthiest, says Arsky.
She points out that you should vary with fruit and vegetables in all shades, and like to drink a glass of orange juice or smoothie every day.
– There is extra lot of vitamin C in paprika, kiwi, orange, blackcurrant and strawberries. It is also important to take care of the intake of vitamin D, and you can use tran, D drops or a multivitamin and mineral supplement that contains vitamin D, “says Arsky.
Sauerkraut and mushroom
The author of superdameblog.no and one of Norway’s leading lifestyle advisers in the field of super food, raw food and healthy lifestyle, Trine Berge, tips about mushrooms, algae and homemade sauerkraut.
– My best tip is to eat fermented food or drink daily. The sauerkraut is full of important enzymes and good bacteria that strengthen your entire digestion and your immune system. But it does not make use of ready-made sauerkraut, it must be “alive,” says Berge.
Red algae, so-called Red Sea Algae, are found along the coast in Norway. Berge says that it is common to buy capsules with the dried variant in health food stores.
– Red-mesine algae is said to be one of nature’s strongest immunosuppressants, due, for example, to the high content of selenium, which contributes to a normal functioning immune system. I also recommend to cook tea on the chaga soup. It boxer in symbiosis with the birch tree, and can be bought on health food or picked in nature, says Berge.