Several of my clients are dealing with viruses right now.  Today’s recipe is, therefore, one to boost the immune system.  Apart from that, it’s delicious,  so anyone can enjoy it!

If you have a virus that is usually dormant and then reactivates, this suggests lowered immunity. Examples of viruses that can be dormant in the body include Herpes simplex virus (HSV1 and HSV2); Epstein Barr virus (EBV); and Shingles (Varicella Zoster). See Tuesday’s blog post regarding shingles associated with cancer and reduced immunity. And with schools returning, more stress, weather changes, etc., it’s time to make sure our immune system is robust to get us through the season. 

So let’s look at a recipe today that can help support our immune system.  

Infographic of curried lentils recipe from CALMERme.com

Immune boosters

How might this recipe support our immune system? 

  • Foods that support the gut microbiota (microorganisms that reside in our gut) are vital for our immunity.  In this recipe, the lentils are an excellent source of fiber which we can’t digest, but the bacteria can, so it’s a great food source for the microbiota.
  • Similarly, onions are a prebiotic food – i.e., feed the microbiota.  Quercetin is also in onions.  It is a flavonoid that can help inhibit histamine release, thus have an anti-allergy effect.
  • The ginger, curcumin, and curry are all anti-inflammatory spices and antioxidants so can help to reduce inflammation which is a key part of immunity.
  • The squeeze of lemon juice at the end not only lifts the flavor but also adds more immune modulating effects from Vitamin C and its antioxidant effects

As you can see from the nutritional label below, this dish provides nearly 1/3 of the recommended daily value of both fiber and protein.  

But I hope you’ll enjoy it for the taste too! 

Nutritional composition of curried lentils from CALMERme.com

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