COVID-19 is taking over the globe, and your best bet is to stay healthy and improve your immune system. Taking care of your gut helps the body function optimally, and strengthen the immune system. Probiotics are great for the gut, they promote the growth of good bacteria to fight the bad bacteria in the body to improve the overall state of health.
Miso is a fermented bean paste that is a staple in the Japanese diet. The fermentation process also promotes the growth of probiotics, which helps nurture the gut flora in your body to improve your immunity. Get the Mitoku Organic Marukura White Miso Soybean Paste and try out the delicious recipe below.
Kombu, a type of seaweed that is used in Japanese cooking is a nutrient-dense food that provides a range of vitamins, omega 3, antioxidants, and fucoidan, which promotes gut health. Add this to your miso soup, get the Mitoku Kombu Dried Sea Vegetable.
If your child has picky eating habits, supplement their intake with Global Health Naturals Kids Probiotic & Colostrum. Studies have shown that Colostrum may also aid in flu prevention, and children that have been given a daily colostrum supplement have 37% fewer upper respiratory tract infections than those who were not given the supplements.
Aside from probiotics, keep up your antioxidant and nutrient intake with green tea or twig tea. Try the Mitoku Sencha Japanese Green Tea and Mitoku Organics Kukicha Roasted Twig Tea. Get them delivered right to your doorstep when you get them from the Verita Store today!
Quick and Easy Immunity Boosting Recipes
Here are some simple yet delicious recipes that you can try at home to strengthen your immune system.
Green Immune Booster Smoothie
This healthy and creamy immune-boosting green smoothie made with almond milk is naturally sweetened with frozen fruit and packed with vitamins and antioxidants to help keep colds at bay.
1 cup roughly chopped spinach and kale, packed tightly
1 1/2 cups Silk Almond or Unsweetened Soy milk
1 1/2 cups frozen mix of mango, pineapple, and kiwi chunks
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1/2 lemon, juiced
1. Add the spinach and kale to a blender with the Almond/Soy milk and blend well.
2. Add the frozen fruit, ginger and lemon and blend until smooth. If the smoothie is too thick, add more milk 1 tablespoon at a time.
If using fresh fruit instead of frozen, reduce the almond milk amount to 1 cup and slowly add more to make your preferred thickness. Or, add 3-4 ice cubes before blending.
Anti-inflammatory Turmeric Latte
The high antioxidant and anti-bacterial content in turmeric also means it is great for helping to reduce the symptoms of cold and flu. Adding to its impressive list of nutritional benefits, turmeric is rich in manganese, zinc, B group vitamins and iron, which can help support a healthy metabolism.
1 cups Silk Almond or Soy Vanilla milk
1 teaspoon raw honey
1 teaspoon turmeric
1. Heat your milk until lovely and warm.
2. Place honey and turmeric into your mug
3. Pour in your warm milk and stir until combined.
Add a spoonful of tahini will give your body a good boost of calcium, magnesium, iron, selenium, and dietary fibre.
Miso Soup for better digestion and immune health
Ginger is a delicious spice that has a potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, and miso is also a great source of probiotics and essential nutrients that support healthy digestion.
4 cups (1L / 2 pints) filtered water
small knob (10g) finely sliced ginger
3 cloves garlic, smashed
2 tablespoons Mitoku White Miso Paste
4 pieces Mitoku Dried Kombu
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 spring onions, sliced to serve.
240 g (8 1/2 oz) organic firm silken tofu or steamed white fish to serve (optional)
1. Pour the water into a large stainless steel pot, turn on the heat and bring to the boil.
2. Add dried kombu, sliced ginger and smashed garlic, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes until the aromatics have infused into the stock.
3. Turn off the heat.
4. Add miso and soy sauce and mix through.
5. Taste and adjust the aromatics if required, fold through spring onions just before serving.
6. Ladle miso soup into serving bowls and serve.
7. Add warm steamed silken firm tofu or steamed white fish if desired.