2. Naturopathic Doctors’ Recommendations
Naturemed.org asked six naturopathic doctors to share their favorite foods that can help boost immunity and prevent illness. Here are the choices of their favorite foods to help both the microbiome and the immune system: ginger, onion and garlic, bone broth, fermented foods, medicinal mushrooms and root vegetables.
Joshua Corn, ND, MS, recommends ginger for its many health benefits:
“This warming food has a variety of benefits during the cold winter months. Ginger has anti-inflammatory compounds that can help ease aching joints and muscles. Ginger tea is great for nausea or upset stomach and can be used after a big meal to promote digestion. Ginger also promotes circulation and warms the body, helping all your fingers and toes stay nice and toasty. One of my favorite recipes that include ginger is a coconut, carrot, ginger soup. Adding to the power of ginger, carrots are packed with vitamin A and C to help boost immune function. The coconut milk in this soup has beneficial fats that can help improve our intestinal and immune health. Ginger is easy to incorporate into soups, stews, curries, or teas so you get a daily dose of spicy goodness.”
Joshua Corn, ND, recommends ginger for its anti-inflammatory and other immune-boosting effects. Photo by Don Shin from www.unsplash.com.
Laura Enfield, ND, LAc, discusses the many benefits of using bone broth to support your immune system and for your overall health and well-being:
“In addition, you also receive a healthy dose of collagen, gelatin, and amino acids such as proline, glutamine, and glycine. All of these play a role in boosting the immune system, supporting digestive health and detoxification, and giving us nutrients to stay healthy. Bone broth can be used in so many different ways, it doesn’t just have to be used for soup. I frequently will cook my rice using bone broth, braise veggies in it, drink a cup of it, and yes, add it to soups and stews.”
Using bone broth can help support your immune system. Photo by Dan Dennis from www.unsplash.com.
Michelle Simon, Ph.D., ND, recommends a recipe of root vegetables to help improve the microbiome and immune system:
“I love a good roasted root vegetable medley in the winter. Chopping up rutabagas, turnips, red and golden beets, purple potatoes, red potatoes, garnet yams, carrots of all colors, kohlrabi, onions, parsnips, you name it and I can put it in the mix. Toss with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper and top with fresh rosemary for the last half hour of roasting, yum. And it looks as good as it tastes!”
You can check out in more detail what these and other naturopathic doctors recommended to help keep the immune system strong here.
Michelle Simon, ND, recommended root vegetables to help improve the microbiome and immune system. Photo by Irina from www.unsplash.com.