Food is one of the most powerful tools we have to help prevent disease and a healthy body begins with a healthy immune system. Over 70% of your immune system is in your gut and what you eat forms the foundation of your health. Your immune system maintains homeostasis by defending against viruses and bacteria which can cause inflammation in the body, illness and disease.
In today’s class we learned about Immune Boosters- ‘getting ready for the cold season’. The students had a chance to whip up an immune boosting smoothie that is perfect to revitalising the body when feeling a little stressed or run down.
Citrus such as oranges and lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C which helps maintain the body’s defence against bacterial infections. Citrus has a unique type of fibre that, in studies, appears to dramatically reduce cholesterol. Carrots contain vitamin A precursors called carotenoids (Beta carotene) that help promote vision and support a healthy immune system. Ginger is packed with an impressive list of health properties and studies have shown that they have potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, ginger also helps to boost immune function and combat cellular damage. Curcumin is the active ingredient in Turmeric, which gives it the distinct and vibrant yellow colouring. Curcumin has potent anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, detoxifying and gastrointestinal health properties, which have been linked to the prevention of cancer cell growth and management of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, asthma, eczema and inflammatory bowel disease. Turmeric is a nutritional powerhouse, rich in manganese, zinc, B group vitamins and iron. Papaya is so nutritionally rich that it is known as the medicine tree in Africa and the Caribbean. The enzyme papain is extracted from papaya, and is beneficial for those with digestive problems. Papaya is a rich source of beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body and promotes healthy eyes, skin and tissues.