Happy first day of winter! Last night marked this year’s Winter Solstice which has the longest night and shortest day in the year. Although we can start counting down to spring, Georgia’s coldest days are coming for us first.
As winter weather sets in, so does cold and flu season. Incorporate these preventative and healing foods to your diet to boost immunity this winter.
Elderberries have been used as a folk remedy for all types of illness for centuries. Today, people turn to elderberries to treat influenza, lower cholesterol with its antioxidant activity, improve vision, boost the immune system, and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections, and tonsillitis. Add Wild Elderberries from Farm & Forage to your box this week.
- Cold-Pressed Juice
Here at Nature’s Garden Express, we have created a line of 100% Cold-Pressed juices that are some of the healthiest you can buy, and reflect our unwavering values towards health, community and sustainability. With ten unique combinations, there is something for everyone! Greens with Benefits is a wonderful winter immune booster and anti-inflammatory green juice rich in vitamins and minerals. An addition of honey and ginger to this juice increases its flu-fighting properties. Other immune boosting juices include Beet It, Sunrise Supreme, Sourface Lemon, and Ruby Rose.
- Probiotic Foods
There is a direct relationship between good bacteria in the gut and immune system functioning. Certain bacteria helps to correct deficiencies and increases the numbers of certain T cells. Probiotic rich foods like sauerkraut, kombucha, and greek yogurt contain tons of healthy bacteria that help bolster your immune system. The common belief is that by consuming probiotics helps “crowd out” bad bacteria from your gut and leaves you with healthier intestinal flora. Local company Atlanta Fresh Artisan Creamery produces small batch greek yogurt and other probiotic rich products that taste great while improving your health. Check them out here and click here to learn more about other probiotic rich foods.
- Bone Broth
According to nutrition researchers at the Weston A. Price Foundation, bone broth contains minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulfur, and others that are easily absorbed by the body. A Harvard study found that some people with auto-immune disorders experience relief of symptoms when consuming bone broth and some achieve complete remission. No wonder grandma makes chicken soup when you’re sick! Other researcher repeats its immune boosting properties and that bone broth can heal disorders like allergies, asthma, and arthritis. We recently added beef and chicken bone broth by local company Bone & Co. to our online box program.
Out of the thousands of mushroom species on Earth, about 20 are used for culinary purposes. Many of these mushrooms are known to boost immunity. A 2011 study from the Journal of the American College of Nutrition stated that shiitake mushroom consumption can promote beneficial changes in immune system. Even common white button mushrooms have been found to enhance the activity of critical cells in the body’s immune system. We currently have a vast assortment of beneficial mushrooms available through our box program. Browse our full selection here.
What helps keep you healthy all winter long? We’d love to hear your remedies in the comments below!