How can you Boost your Immunity and Overall Health?

Jun 22 , 2020

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Carissa Still

How can you Boost your Immunity and Overall Health?

Boost your immunity and be strong this Winter! 

How can you boost your immunity and overall health? Whilst there are no definitive answers to this question, no magic pill and a myriad of confusing information across the internet, there certainly are ways that you can ensure you are doing the best for your body not just for winter, but for years to come.

Taking vitamins and eating a healthy diet does not guarantee immunity to all illness such as Covid19, but it does give you the best fighting chance and without getting the best nutrition you do leave yourself more vulnerable to catching illnesses that you may have otherwise been able to avoid. 

Below we will discuss what foods you can be including in your diet, what health benefits are linked to some foods, what vitamins you could be taking and tips on living a healthy lifestyle.

What foods can I include in my diet and what are their health benefits?

Eating a diet of fresh, organic wholefoods including fruit and vegetables is a great way of getting the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants your body needs to function at its best. These foods may help boost immunity and we feel they definitely deserve a spot on the list of super-foods for immunity and overall health.

Citrus Fruits:

Our bodies do not store Vitamin C so it is important we get our daily dose to help increase our white blood cells to fight infections.

You could squeeze a fresh orange juice for breakfast, squeeze some lemon or lime into a glass of water each morning, peel back a mandarin and snack on it for morning tea or why not make a citrus salad with some chopped oranges, mandarins, grapefruit, lemon squares and mix with some other fruits such as Berries for antioxidants and other added benefits.

All fruits have amazing health benefits so it’s a great idea to mix it up and try different fruits every day! Papaya is a great one for not only Vitamin C but also Potassium, Magnesium and Folate which are essential for overall health. Similar to Papaya, Kiwi Fruits are another amazing one and also has Vitamin K in addition to the citrus and papaya fruits benefits.

Citrus Fruits and Vegetables High in Vitamin C for Immunity Boost | The Vegan Town

If you opt to take your Vitamin C as a supplement try some of these:

Amazonia Raw Vitamin C Complex - Amazonia Raw Vitamin C Complex is the ultimate Vitamin C supplement with immune herbs, spices, prebiotics and a potent source of non synthetic Vitamin C to support immunity, healthy hair, skin, nails and iron absorption. This delicious blend provides Vitamin C in a highly bioavailable, wholefood form. 1000% RDI Vit C 

Eden Healthfoods Wild C - Australia's ONLY entirely natural vitamin C supplement Vitamin-c rich superfood blend, organically sourced from wild berries and greens Highly bio-available, totally natural 100% whole food superfoods; does not contain any juice powders which may contain carriers Does not contain any flavours, extracts, isolated vitamins and minerals, fillers or sweeteners. 

Amazonia Certified Organic Acai Berry Freeze Dried Powder – it has 42 x Antioxidants of Blueberries and is rich in nutrients such as anthocyanins (antioxidants), Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Omega 3/6/9, Iron, Calcium, Phenolics, Protein and Dietary Fibre. 

Red Capsicum:

These beauties have nearly 3 x times the amount of Vitamin C than an orange and are also a rich source of Beta Carotene which your body converts to Vitamin A. Your body needs Vitamin A for a huge range of benefits such as skin, vision, immune function, fetal development, cell growth, lungs, intestines, bladder and inner ear.  Another great one to add to this with similar benefits is Spinach.

Broccoli:

A versatile vegetable that should be making a daily appearance on your plate! Have it raw in a salad, slightly steamed as a side dish or make it the star in a bake or on a pizza. However you choose to prepare it, you’ll be happy to know it’s one of the healthiest vegetables to eat as it packs a punch of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Fibre and many antioxidants however broccoli is at its best when served raw or slightly heated.

We can’t recommend this product highly enough as a supplement: Super Sprout Broccoli Sprout - Assists cells to work at their peak, Helps to build the immune system, May reduce the risk of certain cancers, Helps to fight blood pressure, Known to reduce cholesterol, Known to improve the symptoms of Autism, Asthma, Joint Pain, and Migraine, Can fight inflammation, A reported ‘anti carcinogenic’. 

Eat More Vegetables | The Vegan Town

Another excellent supplement to consider taking is:

BioAstin Hawaiian Astaxanthin Vegan Caps - Antioxidants are important for human health, and astaxanthin is among the most powerful antioxidants on the planet.

Supports joint and tendon health, Supports skin health during UV and sun exposure, Decreases oxidative stress on the heart and blood vessels, Supports healthy vision and normal eye function, Supports the body's normal inflammatory response after strenuous exercise.

Astaxanthin is so powerful that its potency as an antioxidant is significantly more powerful than Vitamin C, Vitamin E, beta carotene, CoQ10, and green tea. 550x stronger than Vitamin E - 11x stronger than beta carotene - 6000x stronger than Vitamin C - 800x stronger than CoQ10 

Garlic:

The best thing about garlic is how good it makes food taste all while giving you some serious health benefits with its immunity boosting sulfar properties that reduces risk of heart disease, improves mental health, fights germs and in turn protects against cold and flu.

Green Tea:

Green tea is packed with Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) also known as Catechin which is an extremely powerful antioxidant shown to enhance immunity within the body, reduce inflammation, helps prevent brain and heart disease and aids in weight loss.

Green Tea is not only very healthy but it’s also warm and comforting so sit back with a cuppa and enjoy!

Here are some excellent Green Tea options you can have delivered straight to your door:

Matcha Maiden Green Tea Powder 100% Pure Stone Ground - certified organic and filled with so much green goodness that it has up to 137 times the antioxidants and 10 times the nutritional equivalent of regular green tea. 

Love Tea Organic Loose Leaf Green Tea - Abundant in antioxidants, it has a bold and balanced green tea flavour, with subtle hints of smokiness, reminiscent of the pan firing process it undergoes in production. The Love Tea range is certified organic, fairly traded, completely biodegradable and hand packed in Melbourne. 

Cup of Green Tea Matcha Maiden Pure Green Tea | The Vegan Town

Ginger:

Ginger has great anti inflammatory properties which will help fight infection and can be great mixed in with your juice or smoothie! Ginger may also help with chronic pain and lowering cholesterol.

Almonds:

Almonds are a great source of healthy fats and Vitamin E which is an antioxidant made up of 8 compounds of which may help protect cells from damage, hardening of arteries, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer. Grab a handful or half a cup of nuts and snack on them while you work each day. Other great sources of Vitamin E are Avocados, Leafy Greens and Sunflower Seeds. Sunflower Seeds also include Phosporous, Magnesium and Vitamin B6 as well as Vitamin E.

Nuts and Almond Vegan Snacks for On the Go | The Vegan Town

Mushrooms:

A great meat replacement for your dishes! There are many different types of mushrooms and it’s best to make sure you buy from a market rather than picking in the wild as some wild mushrooms are poisonous.

Common mushrooms include Shiitake, Portobello, Oyster, Button, Enoki, Maitake, Beech and Crimini all of which provide amazing health benefits but do differ in taste and texture therefore can be used for different types of dishes and purposes.

Mushrooms are full of antioxidants, Beta Glucan, B Vitamins riboflavin (iron), niacin and pantothenic acid, Copper and Potassium! You can eat mushrooms raw in a salad, cooked in a soup, stir fry, side dish, baked and stuff and the list goes on!  

Botanika Blends has an awesome Magikal Mushroom Mix you can enjoy on a daily basis in the form of a warm cuppa, comes in two flavours Cacao and Coffee and has added benefits to support your immunity, digestion, cognitive, skin and overall good health. Taken from the flower bodies of the mushroom and combined with Organic Chaga, Cordyceps, Lion's Mane, Reishi Mushrooms with Organic Raw Cacao and coconut milk.

Mushrooms of all different types - Magikal Mushroom Mix | The Vegan Town

Licorice -

contains many substances, including glycyrrhizin, that may help protect against viral infections.

Highly Recommended Supplements:

In summary, there are so many foods that will nourish you and help to boost your health and these include Fruits, Berries, Vegetables, Leafy Greens, Wholefoods, Nuts, Seeds, Beans, Mushrooms, Licorice, Ginger, Garlic, Chilli, Green Tea and many more! 

Some vitamins that help increase white blood cells, fight infection and boost immunity are Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B, Vitamin D, Zinc, Potassium, Magnesium, Elderberry, Iron and Vitamin B12.

Here at The Vegan Town we have vegan supplements to keep you healthy and you can have them delivered straight to your door! We offer FREE DELIVERY for orders over $80 and include a little freebie with each order over $50! 

Vegan Supplement Powders | The Vegan Town

Phytality Ultana Phytoplankton offers Immunity Support and contains Beta Glucan, Iron, Zinc, Magnesium, Vitamins A, B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Omega-3 EPA & DHA in a plant. Polar bound lipid form for improved bio-availability and has 3 times the bio-availability of triglyceride omega-3 (fish/algal) oils. Phytality Ultana is a wholefood Multivitamin alternative with
• 75+ Essential nutrients
• 10+ Vitamins in a natural food structure
• Vitamin B12: 2mcg per 1 gram serve
Direct Cell to Cell Nutrition
• 1 Trillion microscopic plants per 1 gram serve
• Microscopic phytoplankton cell size
allows for ultra high nutrient absorption

Amazonia Raw Vitamin C Complex - Amazonia Raw Vitamin C Complex is the ultimate Vitamin C supplement with immune herbs, spices, prebiotics and a potent source of non synthetic Vitamin C to support immunity, healthy hair, skin, nails and iron absorption. This delicious blend provides Vitamin C in a highly bioavailable, wholefood form. 1000% RDI Vit C 

Eden Healthfoods Wild C - Australia's ONLY entirely natural vitamin C supplement Vitamin-c rich superfood blend, organically sourced from wild berries and greens Highly bio-available, totally natural 100% whole food superfoods; does not contain any juice powders which may contain carriers Does not contain any flavours, extracts, isolated vitamins and minerals, fillers or sweeteners. 

Amazonia Certified Organic Acai Berry Freeze Dried Powder – it has 42 x Antioxidants of Blueberries and is rich in nutrients such as anthocyanins (antioxidants), Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Omega 3/6/9, Iron, Calcium, Phenolics, Protein and Dietary Fibre. 

BioAstin Hawaiian Astaxanthin Vegan Caps - Antioxidants are important for human health, and astaxanthin is among the most powerful antioxidants on the planet. Supports joint and tendon health, Supports skin health during UV and sun exposure, Decreases oxidative stress on the heart and blood vessels, Supports healthy vision and normal eye function, Supports the body's normal inflammatory response after strenuous exercise. Astaxanthin is so powerful that its potency as an antioxidant is significantly more powerful than Vitamin C, Vitamin E, beta carotene, CoQ10, and green tea. 550x stronger than Vitamin E - 11x stronger than beta carotene - 6000x stronger than Vitamin C - 800x stronger than CoQ10 

Super Sprout Broccoli Sprout - Assists cells to work at their peak, Helps to build the immune system, May reduce the risk of certain cancers, Helps to fight blood pressure, Known to reduce cholesterol, Known to improve the symptoms of Autism, Asthma, Joint Pain, and Migraine, Can fight inflammation, A reported ‘anti carcinogenic’. 

Matcha Maiden Green Tea Powder 100% Pure Stone Ground - certified organic and filled with so much green goodness that it has up to 137 times the antioxidants and 10 times the nutritional equivalent of regular green tea. 

Love Tea Organic Loose Leaf Green Tea - Abundant in antioxidants, it has a bold and balanced green tea flavour, with subtle hints of smokiness, reminiscent of the pan firing process it undergoes in production. The Love Tea range is certified organic, fairly traded, completely biodegradable and hand packed in Melbourne. 

Botanika Blends Magikal Mushroom Mix - you can enjoy on a daily basis in the form of a warm cuppa, comes in two flavours Cacao and Coffee and has added benefits to support your immunity, digestion, cognitive, skin and overall good health. Taken from the flower bodies of the mushroom and combined with Organic Chaga, Cordyceps, Lion's Mane, Reishi Mushrooms with Organic Raw Cacao and coconut milk. 

Phytality Ultana Phytoplankton Vegan Supplement Powder | The Vegan Town

Healthy Living:

Ways that you can increase your overall health other than what you consume is to make sure that the products you are using on your skin do not contain dangerous chemicals because your skin absorbs everything that goes on your skin which means those chemicals can travel through your blood stream and make you seriously ill in the long term.

Always read the ingredients and look out for those tricky words and numbers listed. If you are ever unsure of an ingredient, look it up on the internet to find out what it is and its side effects. Just because a product says “natural” does not mean it is made from safe natural ingredients so please do research and feel free to reach out to us and we will look into it for you.

Another great thing to do is make sure you are getting exercise in your daily routine, even if it is just for 30 minutes. It is important for the mind, lungs, muscles, heart, weight regulation and overall health. If you are unsure of what is safe for you, please speak with your doctor and get some advice as we all have different needs and limits so get to know yours before doing anything strenuous or you may do more damage to your body than good.

Having a healthy lifestyle helps to maintain a healthy mind, body and soul. Practice breathing exercises, take time out to look after yourself and be kind to you! Meditation is great, Yoga and Pilates help overall and just showing gratitude every day for the blessings in your life will help you to be the best version of you.

Yoga and Meditation - Vegan Lifestyle for mind, body and soul | The Vegan Town

Sources: https://www.healthline.com/

 

 

 

 

 


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