With hurricane season in full swing, we all know what threat is headed our way next: Flu Season. Before it hits, we want to make sure our immune systems are operating at full capacity in order to handle what is coming our way. One way to do this is by taking what you put into your body into greater consideration. Many fruits and vegetables contain properties that help to boost your immune system, and our juice contains 8 of them. Keep reading to see the 8 immune boosting foods you get with our juice.
Over the last couple of years, kale has gotten a pretty big reputation as a health superfood. But did you know that it helps to boost your immune system as well? In our bodies, mostly in our small intestines, we have a type of white blood cell called intraepithelial lymphocytes. Basically these are the things that protect against pathogens. Kale contains sulforaphane; a compound that has been found to be able to restore immune function in these white blood cells.
2. Lemon Juice
In lemon juice you find things called citrus flavonoids. Flavonoids are abundantly found in plants and produce, and are what give them their bright colors to attract pollinators. Specifically the ones found in lemons contain antibacterial, antifungal, antidiabetic, and antiviral benefits. In addition, lemon juice also contains Vitamin C, which is a well-known immune booster, but do you know why? Vitamin C has been shown to increase the actual production of white blood cells in our bodies, which attack foreign bacteria and viruses. It may also protect the strength of immune cells, and even increase our antibody levels.
Both spinach and kale are also high in Vitamin C, much like lemon juice. In addition, spinach also contains folate, which is another immune booster. It’s also packed with antioxidants and beta carotene, which may increase the ability of our immune systems to fight infection.
As stated in our last blog post, ginger is an anti-inflammatory, which means that it may help reduce a sore throat and other inflammatory illnesses if you start to feel yourself getting sick. It can even decrease nausea and congestion. As an antibacterial, ginger helps to support our immune systems. Ginger is also an antimicrobial which can kill off bacteria, and even cold viruses.
Pineapple is rich in enzymes, vitamins, and antioxidants. It contains high amounts of manganese which is important for antioxidant defenses. Pineapple contains Vitamin C just like lemon juice, spinach, and kale, but also has bromelain which can help reduce mucus build up in our throats and noses.
We all know the saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” Apples contain another flavonoid, like lemons, and also contain quercetin which also helps to improve the immune system.
Mint also has microbial properties (just like ginger), and may even help with chest and stomach pains.
Parsley also has many antioxidants and even contains Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
So, make sure you’re fueling your body with the right ingredients this Fall and Winter, so that your immune system can protect you at its full potential!