Autumn has officially arrived! I have to say that I am liking the break from intense heat and the cool crisp air that comes with September. But as the summer dies down, my thoughts lean toward cold and flu season….booooo! Last year our whole family was hit hard with sickness. The role that stress can play on your immune system is great, so I think considering our life last year that probably played a part of why we all kept getting sick.
That’s why this year I am planning on boosting our immune systems in a number of ways to get ready for old man winter! So I wanted to share my tips with you 🙂
The first way is by adding fermented foods into my diet. Pasteurization strips foods of live bacteria that your gut needs to stay healthy. So by adding fermented foods into your diet you are essentially adding the “good guys” or good bacteria back into your gut. Good digestion affects your entire body including immunity.
Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, miso, kimchi, kefir and yogurt have been around for thousands of years. Fermentation with lactic acid bacteria increases the nutrition value of foods and can enhance the absorption of protein and minerals. Fermented foods also lower the pH of the intestinal tract slightly creating an environment that is more hospitable to good bacteria and less hospitable to yeast and bad bacteria.
So toss some fermented veggies like sauerkraut or beets on your salads or have them as a side! Try incorporating them in some of your meals to get those “good guys” defending you against disease.
For inspiration check out the salad I made today….I tossed some Arame & Ginger Sauerkraut on top of this spinach salad with orange segments, avocado, wild salmon and a Sesame & Tamari dressing.
Not all fermented foods are equal in the taste/texture department so for picky kids who may not enjoy a side of sauerkraut (bahahaha) try adding Kefir to their smoothes!!
Keep that tummy happy and stay tuned for some more tips on staying healthy 🙂