Healthy cooking expert and “Skinny Chef” Jennifer Iserloh shares her go-to ingredients for boosting immunity. Jennifer is the author of numerous best-selling health books, including 50 Shades of Kale, Secrets of a Skinny Chef, and Healthy Cheats. She’s also the instructor for our easy-to-follow online course, Gentle Cleanse, which features recipes and guidelines for gently detoxing with healthy recipes and making lifelong dietary changes to feel your best. Sign up for exclusive free tips and discounts for the Gentle Cleanse course!
Looking to boost immunity without popping a bunch of pills? Head to your spice rack instead of your medicine cabinet. Spices and herbs contain powerful antibacterial compounds that can cure as they cook.
Seek out the following top immune-boosting performers you’ll find in any grocery store.
Think of turmeric as the Superman of spice: Turmeric is powerful and has many talents, all due to curcumin, an active ingredient that works as a powerful anti-inflammatory.
Capsaicin is the compound that gives chiles their characteristic heat. Capsaicin’s spicy blast will not only warm you up, but also add antimicrobial properties to your meal.
Ginger is highly prized for its detox properties in both Ayurvedic and traditional medicines because of its active compound, gingerol. Ginger also supports the effectiveness of other herbs and spices and is known to override bacterial resistance mechanisms in pathogens.
Increasing the use of this savory seasoning can also inhibit the risk of hospital superbugs like Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). A recent study shows thyme essential oil was effective in reducing bacteria levels.
Flavorful rosemary has two benefits for your detox meals, both anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. In-vitro studies have shown that compounds in rosemary have the ability to kill pathogens.