Healthy living and healing requires a good balance. And with most foods packed with empty calories, our bodies are not given the needed boost to fuel our day and improve recovery when we are injured. Doctors usually recommend a healthy lifestyle, even after using effective medical procedures such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy to heal wounds. So, in this article, we will take a look at some power foods that help to boost our immune system and promote a faster healing process.
- The green power of kelp
Kelp is rich in iodine, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. All these nutrients play essential roles in boosting our health in so many ways. Calcium is essential in building strong bones and helping broken bones to heal quickly. Iodine is essential for supplementing low thyroid levels, which can lead to sluggishness, moodiness, weight gain, and sometimes, stress. All these negatively affect the immune system and the body’s ability to heal itself properly. However, consuming too much iodine can cause some health problems. Therefore, moderation is key. Other green power foods include alfalfa, green beans, parsley, spinach, and kale.
2. The health benefits of Swiss chard
Swiss chard is a relative of the beet and has been proven to be an excellent source of nutrients such as vitamins K, C, and E as well as contains calcium, zinc, and fibre. Swiss chard offers so many health benefits – it supports healthy bones, helps to fight diseases that are related to stress, and comes with anti-inflammatory properties. The leaves contain a salty and bitter taste, but can be used as an excellent alternative for spinach. It can also be sauteed or tossed in a salad.
3. The energy from beets
Carbohydrates provide the body with the natural energy it needs. Unfortunately, a lot of people resort to processed carbohydrates for the energy they need in this fast-paced world. But most of these processed carb supplements usually do not offer any other nutrients. Beets are not only great for naturally supplying the needed energy but are also rich in vitamins A and C, iron, and calcium. All of which are essential to the body’s ability to heal itself.
4. Mushrooms promote health
Mushrooms are well-known for their various health benefits. Studies are still ongoing with respect to the potential of mushrooms to be the cure for cancer. However, mushrooms help to boost the immune system through a compound called lentinan, which is also believed to slow down the growth of tumours. According to the American Cancer Society, some research suggests that lentinan may prolong the life of patients with a recurrent and advanced stomach ulcer.
5. Ginger reduces nausea
Ginger has a lot more to offer than being a spice for our meals. It has been used for centuries-long to treat arthritis, calm stomach upset, and even reduce nausea – especially, postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV). But that’s not all; ginger also contains anti-inflammatory properties, helps to fight against free radicals, as well as help to boost the immune system. All these are essential in supporting the body’s ability to heal.
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