Acai berries. You may have heard of them…they seem to be popping up in products everywhere! But why are these little berries suddenly becoming so popular? Believe it or not, acai berries have been around for thousands of years. The ancient Amazonians recognized that these berries were excellent for both food and medicinal purposes. They taste a bit like a blackberry but with rich and earthy undertones. Acai berries contain a concentrated source of antioxidants (twice the amount found in blueberries), making them excellent for fighting off free-radicals and boosting your immunity. They are also a good source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat. Studies have shown that acai berries are helpful in improving blood flow, increasing energy levels, and aiding in reducing cholesterol. Acai berries are also known to promote healthy and clear skin. You can incorporate acai berries into your diet by adding them to your smoothies, snacks, soups, and yogurt.
DID YOU KNOW:
– The acai berry was not introduced to the western part of the world until the 1990s.
– Acai pulp contains over 19 amino acids, making it a fantastic food for muscle health and regeneration.
Zinc is important for helping to balance our blood sugar levels, boosting our immune system, and stabilizing our metabolic rate. It’s also been shown to help prevent depression, colds and flus, and an unhealthy lack of appetite. Look for zinc in authentic foods like crimini mushrooms, spinach, asparagus, chard, collard greens, pumpkin seeds, and broccoli. It’s also found in sesame seeds and mustard seeds. Be sure you aren’t overdoing it on the zinc. A bitter taste in the mouth can indicate zinc toxicity in addition to cramps, nausea, and vomiting. If you decide to supplement with zinc, see your local natural health practitioner to learn how much is right for you.
Cold and flu season is here! That means it’s very important for your whole family eat foods rich in nutrients for a strong immune system. In this nutrition webisode, I share with you some nutrition tips that are specifically for boosting your child’s immunity. Be well!