Immune Supportive Foods: 6 Spices & Seasonings You Can Eat!
(They're ALL Gluten-Free!)
In addition to eating a varied and colourful assortment of whole foods, the seasonings and spices we (comparatively) use smaller quantities of may actually be contributing one of the biggest health boosts to your diet! They’re ALL gluten-free, and gram for gram they provide the highest levels of immune-supporting antioxidants and nutrients in our diet (when compared to foods) by far. Below I outline some of my favourite spices and seasonings that you can easily include in your diet, gluten-free or not, for the maintenance of a long-lasting, healthy and strong immune system.
3. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
This popular soy-sauce substitute is totally gluten-free, higher in protein, tends to have cleaner ingredients more often and is a beautiful nutrient-rich, umami product of fermentation (soy beans, not wheat). The benefits of fermented foods to immune health are plenty, so don’t forget about fermented seasonings!
5. Nutritional Yeast
Kelp is a type of seaweed that can be conveniently purchased in “shakers” as a salt replacement and nutritious addition to your meals. Kelp and other seaweeds provide a whole spectrum of essential trace minerals that support proper immune function and reduces the effects of environmental radiation on our health.
Written by Andrew Gregg BHSc., RHN
Andrew is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Clinical Research Manager at dicentra. Andrew’s practice as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist focuses on his special interests in health through optimal nutrition, traditional diets and food combining, digestive health & probiotics, mental wellness, disease prevention and management.
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