[Below is my transcript of my video about winning the battle with your immune system, along with supplemental information on immune system boosters.]
Today, I’m going to share with you how to win the battle for your immune system and really create a strong immune system and boost your immune system naturally with probiotics.
One of the biggest keys in doing so is getting more probiotics benefits and foods in your diet and improving your digestive health. In fact, there’s new research showing that a condition called leaky gut is a major cause of food sensitivities, autoimmune disease, and immune imbalance or a weakened immune system in the body, and again, the key is really increasing probiotics. There are really two main steps here in the immune system boosters probiotics offer.
Two Main Steps to Increase Probiotics Intake
1. You’ve got to be careful of things that kill off probiotics.
Then also be careful about not consuming too much sugar. Consuming too much sugar can cause bad bacteria to feed, which actually imbalances the good and bad bacteria in your body. Sugar can even cause cancer.
2. You need to start consuming more probiotics.
Probiotics are good bacteria that help you digest nutrients that help detoxify your colon and that help balance out and support your immune system within your body. So the next step is consuming more probiotic foods and taking a quality probiotic supplement.
Best Immune System Boosters: Probiotic Foods
The probiotic foods you should look to consume are things like:
- Fermented vegetables like sauerkraut kimchi — Made from fermented cabbage and other vegetables, sauerkraut isn’t diverse in probiotics but is high in organic acids (what gives food its sour taste) that support the growth of good bacteria. Sauerkraut is extremely popular in Germany today. Kimchi is a cousin to sauerkraut and is the Korean take on cultured veggies. Both of the fermented formulas are also high in enzymes that can aid digestion.
- Probiotic yogurt — Possibly the most popular probiotic food is live-cultured yogurt or greek yogurt made from the milk of cows, goats or sheep. Yogurt in most cases can rank at the top of probiotic foods if it comes from raw, grass-fed animals. The problem is there is a large variation on the quality of yogurts on the market today. It’s recommend when buying yogurt to look for three things —that it comes from goat’s or sheep milk, is grass-fed, and is organic.
- Fermented dairy products, like kefir and goat milk yogurt — Similar to yogurt, this fermented dairy product is a unique combination of milk and fermented kefir grains. Kefir has been consumed for well over 3,000 years, and the term kefir was started in Russia and Turkey and means “feeling good.” It has a slightly acidic and tart flavor and contains anywhere from 10 to 34 strains of probiotics. Kefir is similar to yogurt, but because it’s fermented with yeast and more bacteria, the final product is higher in probiotics.
- Probiotic beverages, like apple cider vinegar, coconut kefir and kvass — Made by fermenting the juice of young coconuts with kefir grains, this dairy-free option for kefir has some of the same probiotics as traditional dairy kefir but is typically not as high in probiotics. Still, it has several strains that are great for your health. Coconut kefir has a great flavor, and you can add a bit of stevia, water and lime juice to it and make a great-tasting drink. Kvass is a common fermented beverage in Eastern Europe since ancient times. It was traditionally made by fermenting rye or barley but in more recent years has been created using beets, fruit along with other root vegetables like carrots. Kvass uses lactobacilli probiotics and is known for its blood- and liver-cleansing properties and has a mild sour flavor.
- Kombucha — Kombucha is an effervescent fermentation of black tea that’s started by using a SCOBY, also known as a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. Kombucha has been around for over 2,000 years, originating around Japan. Many claims have been made about kombucha, but its primarily health benefits include digestive support, increased energy and liver detoxification.
- Natto — A popular dish in Japan consisting of fermented soybeans, natto contains the extremely powerful probiotic bacillus subtilis, which has been proven to bolster your immune system, support cardiovascular health and enhance digestion of vitamin K2. Also, natto contains a powerful anti-inflammatory enzyme called nattokinase that has been proven to fight cancer.
- Raw cheese — Goat’s milk, sheep’s milk and A2 cow’s soft cheeses are particularly high in probiotics, including thermophillus, bifudus, bulgaricus and acidophilus. Always buy raw and unpasteurized cheeses if you want to receive any probiotics.
Getting some of those probiotic foods will absolutely help your immune system and then so will taking a quality probiotic supplement that contains live or living probiotics. Getting a better brand will help you with those.
Again, if you want to take your immune system to the next level, start staying away from the things that kill probiotics. Load up your diet with probiotics. If you do so, you’re going to take your immune system and function to the next level.
There are numerous different recipes that are great immune system boosters — and they’re delicious, too! Check out some of my favorite immune-boosting recipes.
Total Time: 5 minutes
- Add all ingredients to a vegetable juicer. Gently stir juice and consume immediately.
Total Time: 5 minutes
- 6–8 mint leaves
- 1 red grapefruit, peeled
- 2 cups strawberries (unfrozen)
- 1 small piece fresh ginger
- ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Blend all ingredients together in a juice machine or blender.
- If using a blender, the mint leaves should be muddled.