This is a typical question in today’s age.
If some of something is good, more of it must be better right?
Sadly, that’s not always the case.
While we would probably all agree that water is healthy, too much can actually be harmful.
And the same goes with healthy snacks and a healthy diet.
Interestingly, if we are to look at the statistics for the virus that shall not be named, we’ll notice that a lot of the people who may develop complications from it have co-morbid conditions like obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Binge eating, even on healthy snacks, is probably not going to be very helpful in reducing our risk of these co-morbid conditions and therefore won’t be great for our immune system.
But on the flip side, it also means that looking after our metabolic health potentially helps our immune system and immune response.
How do we do that?
We're glad you asked, stay tuned for 6 snacks to boost your immune system.
1. Fresh fruit
Were you expecting something more outlandish a than eating fresh fruit to help boost immune function?
Something that's more exotic?
Sorry to burst your bubble, but sometimes the best options to help you out are the simplest option, and fruit just happens to be one of them.
If you're looking for fruit to help with your immune system, you should really opt for vitamin C rich options like adding oranges and different kinds of berries into your day.
2. Berry Digest Smoothie Cubes
The Berry Digest Smoothie Cubes are a triple whammy for your immune system.
They've got vitamin C for the immune system and a whack of polyphenols to help to improve your gut bacteria, and therefore helping to keep our immune system healthy too.
They also have a serve of probiotics to also help to boost your gut function.
All you have to do with these smoothie cubes is add a liquid of your choice, and then add any other ingredients you fancy.
Then finally, you have to blend, pour and enjoy.
You can buy the Berry Digest Smoothie Cubes in our online shop, or look for them near you in on our Where to Buy page.
Either way, if you like berries and want to boost your immune system, these smoothie cubes are the bomb!
3. A nice cup of…. Chicken soup?
It turns out your grandma was right!
Sometimes a nourishing cup of soup is just what you need when you’re feeling run down.
Making soup from chicken bones (or even beef or lamb), can help give you a great source of gelatin, glutamine and many other important compounds that can help nourish your gut.
Remember a healthier gut translates to a healthier immune system.
Read more like this
4. Anything with mushrooms
This is food as medicine at its finest.
Mushrooms, particularly shitake, maitake and lion’s mane (if you’re lucky to find them) are all delicious food sources full of immune boosting compounds.
If you can’t get your hands on these types of mushies?
Most types of edible mushrooms you’ll find at the supermarket or at your local farmer’s market may have a beneficial effect on the immune system!
So you can use what ever mushrooms you have available to you.
5. A nice cup of….Green tea
Immune boosting liquids are sure getting a good wrap today!
While green tea is typically thought of as just a pretty tasteless substitute for coffee, there's so much more to this wonderful drink than you would think.
Green tea has a lot of beneficial effects mainly due to its compound EGCG, which gives it antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, metabolic helping and some great immune effects too!
It is thought that the EGCG may be partly responsible for Green Tea’s ability to help with many of our immune defences against some bacteria and viruses.
There are many ways to enjoy a green tea as well, hot cold, using bags or the leaf spring to mind.
Don't be afraid to boil your jug and have the occasional green tea to keep your immune function ticking along.
Sauerkraut and other fermented foods can be a fantastic addition to your diet.
When they're properly prepared, fermented foods are a rich source of probiotics that helps to improve our gut’s bacterial flora and therefore helping to lead to a healthier immune system.
You’ll have to be savvy with the store bought sauerkraut options, this is if you're looking to try sauerkraut for the first time.
But it's usually the brands with vinegar as an ingredient that aren’t properly fermented.
So, if you're looking for a DIY Sauerkraut recipe, look no further than here.
And one last piece of information to send you home with
Though we all know this intuitively, it helps to hear it often.
Our body is incredibly interconnected and improving the health of any one area will help to improve the health of the immune system and vice versa.
So, do whatever you know how to do to help improve your health.
And believe us, there’s plenty we can all do to help bulletproof our immune system and our whole body in the end!
So, keep an eye on our blog for more immune boosting information and, of course, keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages for more general tips and diet tweaks.
There's plenty off more information coming to help you!
Finally, if you do need a hand with your diet and nutrition with an aim to improving your immune system, you should contact your local registered nutritionist or registered dietition.