Did you know that the regular foods you eat can help with keeping your body healthy? Here’s a few to eat to give your body what it needs to function well.
- Antioxidant rich foods: There are many sources of antioxidant rich foods, but berries and green tea are your best bets for potency and bioavailability. Antioxidants are important because they support the cells ability to minimize the damage from normal cell processes as well as toxins that they encounter. They are an important part of cancer protection and immune function as well.
- Sulfur rich foods: Sulfur probably isn’t something that you normally thing about eating, but sulfur rich foods are wonderfully supportive for immune function. Onions and garlic are sulfur rich foods, as well as eggs and richly colored cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and kale.
- Warming foods: Ginger, hot pepper and garlic all help with promoting circulation and a warmer body temperature. Many microbes can’t reproduce in a warmer environment. This is why our bodies become feverish when we are sick. You can support being warm with spicy foods, especially during cold and wet seasons.
- Broth: This may seem like just the background of a soup, but it is a powerhouse of wellness if you are sick. The best broths for wellness are made with bones, onions, garlic and plenty of fresh antimicrobial herbs like rosemary and thyme. See my blog post on medicine broth for a great recipe.
- Leafy greens: Kale, swiss chard, cabbage, spinach… there are so many to choose from! Leafy greens help provide fiber for digestion, and are a wonderful source of vitamins and minerals.
- Oils: Fish, nuts, seeds and olive oil (cold not cooked), are wonderful sources of the essential fatty acids our brains and bodies need to thrive. Did you know that every cell in our body is wrapped in fatty acids? That’s how important they are! Fatty acids from whole, unprocessed food sources also help to reduce inflammation, support cardiovascular wellness, and protect brain health.
Eat well, stay well. Hope you enjoyed these tips! Please note, these tips are for general information only, and do not constitute personalized medical advice. For personal diet and nutrition recommendations, consider signing up for the Optimum Wellness services I provide, or consult with another licensed healthcare professional.
Dr. Tremblay graduated from high school with an associate’s degree in horticulture and worked as a gardener for 10 years before returning to higher education and the healer’s path. Dr. Tremblay studied native plant ecology and ethnomedicine at The Evergreen State College, and earned her doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University. Read more >>