We hope you had a nice second Advent.
At the beginning of the week, we want to dive into the healing effects of 5 natural powerhouses for a strong and healthy immune system.
No exotic food, but nutrient bombs that everybody knows and everybody should integrate into his diet.
Let's start with...
Celery is full of amazing health benefits.
It is packed with various minerals and vitamins such as vitamin A, B2, C and E and minerals like potassium, calcium and magnesium.
Celery has a diuretic effect and helps the kidneys to clean the body of toxins.
Its phlathids lower hypertension and bad cholesterol levels.
Celery can be grown on the window sill from the lower end of the stalk. Once it is big again, you can just plant it out in the garden bed. Those who have no garden, can easily put it in a small glass with water and soon you can watch new leaves grow.
Especially the leaves contain a lot of calcium for bones and teeth.
You can use them perfectly as fresh herbs for seasoning or simply add it to a slice of bread.
The bitter compounds of celery have a healing effect on the digestive system and stimulate the whole metabolism.
We love raw celery and cut it into small pieces and fill it in our lunchbox.
In addition, we also do not want to miss it in our freshly squeezed green morning juice.
Ok, for some people the pomegranate might perhaps be a slightly exotic fruit, but usually you can buy it in every food store nowadays.
Winter is our time to buy and eat pomegranate en masse.
Especially one of our sons is totally crazy about pomegranates.
There was a time when our attempts to open the red fruit of paradise usually ended in a big mess.
Meanwhile, we are experienced champions in cracking the fruit.
Once you made it getting at those seeds, it is well worth it and you should eat them as often as possible.
The pomegranate also impresses with a high amount of vitamin C to strengthen our body's defences.
It also comes with an impressive value of potassium, calcium and iron.
Pomegranate juice helps with cold symptoms and as a symbol of fertility, it is told to increase potency.
Its polyphenols are highly effective radical catchers and are also used for cancer therapy.
We love to freeze the seeds in small glasses to extend the season.
Unfortunately, we can buy kale only in winter.
This is a pity, because kale is one of the most nutritious cabbage varieties.
It's the kitchen medicine par excellence.
Cookbooks and the Internet are full of green cabbage dishes.
There are even restaurants which are especially devoted to kale.
If we look closer, we can see, that it especially stands out for its extremely high content of vitamin C.
In addition, it provides much chlorophyll, calcium, iron and potassium.
The mustard oils stimulate the detoxification and prevent infections.
Even if one finds contrary opinions, the kale leaves can very well be raw consumed.
The raw leaves are a little hard, but when it is nicely massaged with dressing, they turn wonderfully soft.
We love it, for example, in this salad or in our fresh green morning juice.
Kale chips are a great way to enjoy healthy snacking.
Cut the kale into small pieces, massage with a marinade of peanut butter, a little olive oil and rock salt and put them in the dehydrator for a few hours until they are crisp.
We probably do not have to mention much about lemons, because almost everyone knows that the little yellow fruit is an absolute all-rounder.
Regardless of whether you use it as a cleaning product, hair product or cough syrup, lemons are super versatile.
Again, we find the high vitamin C - amount in lemons.
This favors the better absorption and transport of iron and calcium.
In addition, it is rich in phosphorus and pectins.
Lemons can not only let your bathroom shine after cleaning; but also help the body with its detoxification.
Drink a warm lemon water when you get up - this gets the circulation going and helps with the digestion.
Or prepare a fresh lemon water with mint for hot summer days.
Dried lemon peel can also be used as a tea or topping on salads or smoothies.
In case of an emerging sore throat, you can gargle with lemon water.
This acts as a disinfectant and fights unwanted mouth occupants.
The carrot is the leader among the vegetables with the highest content of carotenes.
These strengthen the immune system, fight free radicals and have an anti-cancer effect.
Carrots are good for the eyes. Who doesn't knows the saying?
Due to the high content of vitamin A, carrots are the vegetables number 1 for protecting our eyesight.
The high pectin content of the carrot helps with diarrhea.
Puree some cooked carrots and mix them with a tablespoon of oil, which is rich in Vitamin E. This promotes the absorption of the carotene.
Carrots are best eaten with the peel! For in and under the skin are the most healthy substances.
Carrots are also great for the prevention of sunburn. Take a daily glass of carrot juice before the summer season starts and you can already build a protective coating against sunburn.
Each morning, we enjoy our freshly squeezed green juice with all the power foods mentioned above.
That brings us fresh in the day and provides us with lots of vitamins and minerals.
Due to the spraying with pesticides and chemicals in conventional cultivation, you should definitely choose fruits and vegetables in organic quality.
We hope we could inspire you a little to fill your next shopping basket with all the wonderful and colorful fruits and vegetables nature offers to us.
We wish you a healthy and happy week.