Want to make a yummy raw vegan fermented beet salad using only 3 ingredients?
Did you know that you inhale thousands of bacteria with every breath and bite you take? Don’t worry! Most of these bacteria are harmless-however, there may be something that already exists within you, waiting to erupt should your immune system take a hit.
WHILE IT IS IMPORTANT TO WASH YOUR HANDS, YOU HAVE TO KEEP YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM HEALTHY, TOO.
The immune system's main job is to protect the body from foreign invaders. A way to keep the immune system flourishing is by the foods we choose to ingest. Whole plant foods, such as fruits and veggies, are key since fresh produce contains both pre- and probiotics that your body needs.
probiotic: good bacteria
prebiotic: what your good bacteria eat
Beets are natural nitrates, which your body can convert into nitric oxide. By having high levels of nitrates, it will deliver oxygenated blood to your muscles. This means that your arteries will get dilated as well as extract more energy from that oxygen.
Fun fact about beets: one shot of beet juice has been found to allow free divers to hold their breath for a half minute longer than usual. Wow-that’s some powerful beets providing all that extra energy.
Not only do red beets look beautiful in any meal due to their rich color, it also means they’re full of antioxidants. They are also high in folate- a B vitamin shown to reduce risk for heart disease, cancer, and depression.
Carrots contain beta carotene, an antioxidant that your body converts into vitamin A. Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that is needed for good vision, cell growth and reproduction- thus being essential for immune function.
Another main component carrots have are carotenoids. Carotenoids are pigments that give carrots their vibrant colors and are another powerful antioxidant. The more color on your plate, the better the body will feel.
Being a cruciferous vegetable, cabbage contains many much needed micronutrients and vitamins. A main antioxidant that you can find in cabbage is sulforaphane. This sulfur-rich compound found has been linked to reducing inflammation, thus helping boost the immune system.
Purple cabbage specifically will give you the most antioxidants per dollar. That’s why the immune system loves this veggie- it is loaded full of antioxidants, fiber and vitamins A, C, K, and B6.