Autumn is well and truly established now, the evenings are drawing in, there is a bite in the air, and the scorching heat of Central Valley summers is slowly fading from memory! (Well, almost!)
Now is the optimum time to start giving your immune system an extra helping hand, as it adjusts to the changes in temperature and weather, and one of the tastiest ways to do that is to stock up on many of the healthy and tasty food options found at your local Farmers Market!
While all foods contain essential nutrients and beneficial properties relevant to wellbeing, here are five of our favorite autumn immune boosters you can find at the Visalia Farmers Market!
1. Orange Juice
Orange juice serves as a source of Vitamin A, a nutrient important for immune function. Vitamin A promotes the development of new white blood cells, the immune cells that circulate in your bloodstream to identify and destroy harmful pathogens. Adding a glass of OJ to your morning is a healthy (and tasty) treat!
This potent onion relative contains the active ingredient allicin, which fights infection and bacteria. British researchers have found that people who consume garlic daily are two thirds less likely to catch a cold! Try adding two raw crushed cloves to your cooking daily for a healthy seasoning.
With well-documented antimicrobial properties, honey is a wonder food that people have used throughout the ages to boost immunity and fight common colds, flus and sniffles. Eating two teaspoons of honey a day has been proven to boost immunity and help ward off cold weather bugs.
Don’t shy away from the knobby carrots you’ll find at the Farmers Market! Although they can look different than what you’re used to seeing in a grocery store, these crunchy characters are not only good for your eyesight, but the beta-carotene found in carrots also helps our nose and throats and boost immunity!
5. Leafy Greens
Rich in antioxidants and Vitamins C and E, leafy greens top pretty much ANY list for ways to feel better and eat better! You can find leafy green vendors offering everything from lettuce to sprouts at the Visalia Market.
Each of these super immune boosters can be used in any number of ways to support your immune system. We hope these simple tips will help you to have a happy, healthy, awesome autumn!