January is peak season for setting nutrition and fitness goals, but it’s also peak season for the flu! To ensure you reach your health goals this year, it is vital that your immune system remain in tip-top shape. To maximize immune function, be sure to get adequate sleep, take vitamins daily, wash hands regularly, and focus on quality nutrition.
Including the following spices and foods into your daily diet will also help to maximize immune function.
- Turmeric: Curcumin, a plant-based compound found in turmeric, has been found to act as a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Using turmeric in a hot drink or curry sauce increases the bioavailability or how much your body can absorb.
- Fresh Ginger Root: Ginger has a long history of being used for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Fresh ginger root has been shown to help aid in digestion, prevent the cold and flu virus, and act as an antioxidant. Enjoy freshly peeled and grated ginger in hot tea, homemade salad dressing, a smoothie, or stir-fry.
- Cinnamon: Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known to humanity. It provides immune boosting effects by acting as an antioxidant and anti-microbial agent, and it is also linked to improved blood sugar control. A simple way to include cinnamon in your daily diet is to sprinkle on fresh fruit or atop oatmeal.
- Fresh Garlic: Regular consumption of fresh garlic has been shown to reduce cold and flu symptoms and prevent illness entirely. To ensure you receive all the health benefits of garlic, make sure you chop or crush and let stand 10 minutes prior to cooking.
Cheers to a happy and healthy 2018!
By Colette Micko