Adrienne Gajownik

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Boost your immunity

I had an upper respiratory infection a few weeks ago, which is the second time I've had one this year after flying. I don't normally go to the doctor for a cold, but an achiness in my chest sent me straight there. It served as a good reminder to eat foods that boost my immune system this time of year.
I loaded up on grapefruit and raspberries this weekend as well as garlic, onions, miso, ginger, crimini mushrooms, cabbage, and dried shiitake mushrooms.
Foods high in Vitamin C: citrus fruits, bell peppers, chiles, amaranth, berries, cabbage, parsley, potatoes, sprouts, and tomatoes. (1)

Foods high in Zinc: Seaweed, whole grains, legumes and beans, nuts and seeds, mushrooms, soybeans, and unrefined salts. (2)

Other immune boosters: Echinacea tea or vitamins, Chamomile tea, garlic, onions, ginger, this miso soup and Erin's fire cider.
How do you stay healthy in the winter? Make sure to come back on Wednesday for a recipe featuring magical shiitake mushrooms.


Sources: 
(1) Wood, Rebecca. The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia. p. 409
(2) Wood, Rebecca. The New Whole Foods Encyclopediap. 410