by Autumn Pappas, CHHC, AADP
Are you getting your daily intake of nuts and seeds? Studies show that a mere one ounce of nuts and seeds per day can provide anti-aging qualities and build up your immune system! Many nuts also provide omegas, which are important for heart health and cancer prevention.
Here’s a few new seeds to add into your day as a snack!
1. Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are the only alkaline forming seed out there. This is important for all those eaters who love acidic foods! Alkalinity is crucial for our immune system as well as our digestive system, simply because our bodies prosper in an alkaline environment and decline in an acidic environment. Pumpkin seeds also contain vitamin B-6, riboflavin, niacin and folates. Pumpkin seeds can be beneficial for fighting depression as well due to their mood boosting qualities.
2. Cumin Seeds
Cumin is a herb that has been known for its health benefits and medicinal uses for hundreds of years. It assists in digestion and is rich in iron. It promotes liver function and aids our immune system. Furthermore, it fights colds and sore throats, can treat asthma and arthritis!
3. Pomegranate Seeds
Pomegranates are a rich source of antioxidants. Pomegranates help to protect your body’s cells from free radicals, which cause premature aging and harm your immune system. Pomegranate seeds aid your circulatory system by preventing blood clots and improving the oxygen levels in your blood. Pomegranates reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer due to their high amount of antioxidants. Additionally, pomegranates prevent the hardening of your artery walls, which removes fat from your arteries. Winter is a great time to pick up pomegranate seeds since pomegranates are in season!
So next time you make a salad, grab a snack or make breakfast, grab for some healthy nuts to go on top! It’s that easy to boost your immune system and health!
Hope you are feeling energized today!