Food-based Vitamin C – Vitamin C is an antioxidant that supports healthy immune function, and can help prevent and lessen the duration of many illnesses – from the common cold to even certain forms of cancer. Bioavailability is often compromised when taking Vitamin C in supplement form, so obtaining this vitamin through food-based sources (as well as in smaller, more frequent amounts) is considered a superior method. Excellent forms of natural Vitamin C include citrus fruits, bell peppers and berries like Camu.
Medicinal Mushrooms – As one of the most powerful healing foods you can consume, superfood mushrooms like reishi, shiitake and turkey tail boost your resistance to viruses, bacteria and chemicals, and help destroy and decompose toxins and free radicals in the body. Most of these mushrooms are available in powdered form, making them easy to add to both savory and sweet recipes without much flavor influence.
Greens – The concentration of chlorophyll in green foods like Wheatgrass and spirulina help your body detoxify and reduce built-up toxicity. Plus, greens are almost always accompanied by important vitamins and minerals like immunity-boosting Vitamin C and zinc.
Herbs – The potency that gives herbs their strong flavor is also what makes many herbs so healing. Varieties like oregano, cilantro, parsley and rosemary are powerful antibacterial and antiviral tools to use. Time to start flavoring your food more!
Goji Berries – Long used in Chinese medicine as a healing staple, Goji Berries support immunity on two fronts: an array of protective antioxidants that fight internal decay, as well as a heavy dose of vitamins, including more Vitamin C than oranges and more beta carotene than carrots.
Enzymes – Gut health plays a huge role in wellness as the catalyst for every bodily process. In fact, the nutrients you eat from other healthy superfoods can’t even be absorbed without the right enzymes! And while you are born with all the enzymes you need, your natural stores deplete dramatically as you age, which is why it's so important to obtain additional enzymes through diet. Many fruits and vegetables are rich in enzymes, and healthy probiotics can be obtained through fermented foods and supplements as well.
Water – While it may sound simplistic, most of us underestimate the true significance of staying hydrated. Not only does loss of body water accelerate aging, but it’s critical for the elimination of accrued toxins in the bloodstream and kidneys.
Immune-boosting supplements do work! Just note that they should always be made from real-food ingredients, like the ones mentioned in the list above. In fact, you can easily cover your bases with Navitas Organics Immunity Boost, which is composed entirely of superfoods and probiotics. Add it to any kind of beverage for a delicious drink and check off all your immunity-boosting criteria with every sip!