The indefinite lockdown surely gave us all a jolt at seeking holistic solutions for supporting our overall health, at home. Supporting and boosting our immune system has never felt more important than right now. But, at the same time, with such a fast paced life, it is not uncommon to skip on consuming ample fruits and vegetables, but instead we simply reach out for easy carbs, some of which are good too, but it does not constitute a balanced meal by itself. So if you are too busy to bring a complete overhaul to your diet in the near future, and believe in small steps - then we suggest that in the meantime, you take a look at what are some of the superfood rich in immunity can help you with.
If you are wondering about the claim that superfoods rich in immunity are real or if it is just another wellness trend, then we should tell you some facts. Not only do these superfoods have more nutrients per ounce than regular foods, but they also help increase your energy levels, speed up your metabolism, and make you feel fuller or satiated for longer hours. They are super easy to whip up and also are vegan, naturally gluten-free and also friendly to all major diets like Keto etc. So if you are missing your breakfast, then simply whip up a superfood smoothie or elixirs and add them to boost your intake of nutrient-dense foods and amp up your overall health.
But before we get to your 5 immunity rich superfood blends for your daily nutrition, it is important that we run through what really makes up our immune system?
Our Immune System
Our immune system is a complex system. Essential to our survival, without our immune system or a poor immune system, our bodies are vulnerable to a host of bacteria, viruses and other pathogens. A vast network of different types of cells and receptors all over our body which are on the lookout for any harmful foreign body that enters our body. They interact with each other and then mount an impressive attack on the foreign body, without attacking our own cells.
Yes, there is no single food that can magically upgrade our immunity, but it takes a varied and balanced diet to stimulate our immune system. With our regular diets, there is only so much nutrients that it holds, but superfoods for boosting immunity are nutritionally dense and are more readily absorbed by our bodies as well. So, time to make these rich superfood blends in our diet is a must. Let’s take a look!
Top 5 Immunity Rich Superfood Blends
A 5000-year old superfood that has its origins in the Indian subcontinent, Turmeric has been in use since centuries and has been adopted as go-to ingredient for healing injuries and alleviating pain as well in millions of Indian households. Turmeric’s active ingredient, Curcumin has powerful antiseptic, analgesic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. This means that it helps in neutralizing any harmful free radicals that enter the body and are able to reduce cell damage and boost the immunity. Turmeric is great for healing topical injuries as well. It helps in bringing down inflammation and also helps heal wounds. Millions of people consume turmeric latte or golden milk as a daily addition to their diet.
If you wish to incorporate these delicious turmeric lattes blended with other superfoods, ready to be mixed and relished, then check out our impressive range of Turmeric superfood lattes from Turmeric Ginger latte and Turmeric Ashwagandha superfood latte that is best for a nightcap!
Citrus Fruits Blends
It is a well-known fact that whenever we are down with a cold or flu, we are prescribed Vitamin C supplements that help us strengthen our immunity. Citrus fruits like lemons and Indian gooseberry, also known as Amla, are excellent sources of Vitamin C or also known as ascorbic acid which not only will help fortify your immune system, but also has benefits for your cardiovascular health, prenatal health, eyes, and for skin health as well.
Try out this Lemon Ginger Green Tea which has double goodness courtesy of lemons, but also ginger and Himalayan green tea. If you are looking for an iced blend for the summers, then we suggest this Instant Lemon Basil iced tea premix that is low-calorie, with natural sweetener and with the goodness of green tea.
Matcha Green Tea
Matcha Green Tea is one of the ultimate superfoods that we can consume and the benefits are incomparable! According to a study, Matcha tops the list of natural foods containing antioxidants. As compared to green tea, it has 137 times more antioxidants.
Matcha is a traditional form of green tea that is a gift to the world from Japan. Special shade-grown green tea is stone-ground to make a fine vibrant green powder that is whisked with water and consumed. In addition to caffeine, Matcha also has L-Theanine which promotes relaxation and well-being. It also removes the side-effects of caffeine like the jitters and the sudden energy crashes. Matcha also is super beneficial for your heart health as it helps lower the risk of cardiac diseases. It also boosts immunity and aids weight loss.
Read all about Matcha teas and everything you need to know about how they are harvested and the health benefits of Matcha here.
Mushrooms like the famous Reishi mushrooms are superfoods too and have been consumed by indigenous communities since centuries. This mushroom grows in hot and humid regions of Asia. It contains a variety of active compounds like polysaccharides and peptidoglycans that activate white blood cells and enhance our immunity. Reishi mushroom also helps in alleviating symptoms of depression and anxiety. They also contain vitamins, minerals, amino acids that are particularly useful when immunity is low. So, we have this revolutionary Turmeric Mushroom Latte mix that contains goodness of turmeric, vanilla extracts, and Reishi mushroom and black pepper that strengthen your immunity and calm your mind.
Ginger is an amazing root that is pretty versatile. Ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that help in reducing inflammation, but it also has amazing benefits for your digestion as well. Ginger teas are a choice for millions of people when they are down with a bad bout of cold and flu. This sweet and spicy root is also helpful to reduce nausea and bloating. You can try out these ginger blends like Turmeric Ginger Herbal Tea or the quintessential malty blend of Ginger Masala Chai Tea.
David Wolfe, raw food advocate, once said, I believe the best way to activate genius within the immune system is by ingesting certain super herbs and superfoods, taking probiotics and cultured foods, minimising toxic food exposure by eating pure organic raw-living foods, and making appropriate healthy lifestyle improvements.
And, we at Vahdam believe it whole-heartedly!
Until next time,
Contributing Wellness Author at Vahdam India
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