How to Stay Healthy Through Functional Food

Apr 24

I’ve always loved being home, making my space beautiful and cooking for my daughters – and now it’s more important than ever. We can do so much for our health through food – and health truly starts in the kitchen. It’s time to cook real food at home – and I’m sharing some of my favorites today – all boosting brain health and lowering inflammation to keep your immune system high, making you less susceptible to colds, flus and viruses.

Photography by Alyssa Rosenheck

Photography by Alyssa Rosenheck

Functional medicine doctor, Mark Hyman has a new book called “Food Fix” helping people make the connection between unhealthy food and sickness and offering solutions that make food as medicine. You can get it here. Regarding the virus, Dr. Hyman said, “The good news is that approximately 99% of people who get COVID-19 will survive; 80% will have mild symptoms, and up to 20% will require hospitalization.” Here is some of Dr. Hyman’s best food advice to inspire you in the kitchen and feel more confident in caring for you and your family’s health:

Eat a whole foods, nutrient-dense diet. First and foremost eat real whole foods because these foods are the most nutrient-dense and therefore prevent and heal disease.

Eat fermented probiotic foods to support your microbiome and immunity. There are so many tasty options to choose from to integrate into your daily diet — some of my personal favorites are kimchi, sauerkraut, coconut kefir yogurt, and kombucha.

Eat multiple servings of colorful fruits and vegetables. Especially focus on those high in vitamins C, A, and phytonutrients that support the immune system.

Add garlic, onions, ginger, and lots of spices (oregano, turmeric, rosemary) to your meals. I love cooking with all of these ingredients daily in different meals. They add a delicious flavor and are loaded with anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties.

Ensure adequate protein intake. Dr. Hyman recommends about two four-ounce servings of organic, clean animal protein.

Cut out sugar and refined starches. Now is a great time for a sugar and junkfood detox – and cooking at home makes that much more easy. An extra bonus is baking – start with something easy and naturally sweet like banana bread.

Dr. Hyman also recommends some supplements, including buffered Vitamin C, Vitamin D3 and zinc citrate. Follow him on Instagram @drmarkhyman for more tips.

Along with these food recommendations, it’s best to avoid EMF’s in your home (you can even hardwire your internet and get off WiFi). Don’t forget to maintain hydration, so drinking 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water daily is good. Get outside and find online fitness classes you enjoy — you can see my last post on some of my favorites.

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