People have long considered February to be the height of cold and flu season. If you fall ill, you know to rest, get plenty of fluids and nutrient-rich foods, and staying off your feet are essential for a speedy recovery. But for those of us who have managed to evade the dreaded cold, being on the defense, nutritionally, will help us sail through this season with our immunity intact.
Antioxidants are essential for a properly functioning immune system, due in large part to immune cells producing free-radicals for our body’s natural defense functions. If the level of free-radicals in our immune cells goes beyond the normal level, they wreak havoc on our immune systems.
Antioxidants scavenge free-radicals cell production and serve to promote our immunity. An imbalance between free-radical and antioxidants in cells results in reduced immune function.
The goal: load up on antioxidant-rich foods right now!
The only way to get antioxidants is to eat them, and lucky for us, they are found in abundance in the foods we consume. Chocolate and raspberries boast some of the highest antioxidant content of any food, even more than red wine and green tea, which have long considered antioxidant dynamos.
I’ve got a smoothie recipe for you that not only boasts cacao powder and raspberries, but also bee pollen, which aids our bodies in creating antibiotics, essential for warding off sickness. It’s a one-sip sickness slayer – say that three times fast!
This month, the old adage an apple a day keeps the doctor away should be revised to a choco-raspberry smoothie a day keeps cold and flu away!
- ¾ cup almond milk
- ½ cup coconut water
- 1 tbsp bee pollen
- 1tbsp cacao powder
- ¾ cup frozen raspberries
Combine all ingredients and blend until completely smooth, about 1 minute or so.
Do you have any cold and flu-fighting smoothie or nutritional recipes you can share with us?
Please do so in the comments!