We know now that a balanced gut microflora enables our immune system to better focus on fighting the true pathogenic invaders.
Which is why eating freshly made plant-based yoghurt, that contains probiotics and prebiotics, will help balance our gut microflora which will better support our immune system.
However, to maintain good gut health and an effective immune system:
1. Follow a diet that is a mixture of orange, yellow, red, blue, purple and dark green coloured vegetables and fruits, mushrooms, legumes, nuts and grains.
Avoid sugary foods and drinks, saturated foods, fried foods and alcohol (except for red wine which contains polyphenols).
Redress the imbalance to our gut microflora after antibiotic use by eating cultured yoghurts or fermented vegetable dishes such as kimchi or sauerkraut.
2. Undertake lifestyle changes such as cutting out alcohol and smoking, exercising, reducing stress and getting adequate sleep in the day.
So with all this in mind, here are 8 ways to incorporate dairy-free, plant-based yoghurt into our daily diet.
Start your day with a serve of dairy-free, plant-based yoghurt topped with your favourite berries, nuts and granola.
The zinc in whole grains, wheat germ, nuts and seeds, are crucial for metabolism, immune function and the repair of body cells.
The fibre in bananas and oatmeal is perfect for keeping you feeling fuller and energised longer.
The iron in oats help with making new DNA and red blood cells, as well as carrying oxygen in the blood.
Combine fresh basil and garlic with the dairy-free yoghurt, to make a creamy savoury dip, that is the best accompaniment to slices of freshly baked sourdough bread and small appetisers.
De-stress with a smoothie that contains a high level of dietary fibre, beta-carotene (a carotenoid that converts to vitamin A in the liver) and omega-3 fatty acids.
The long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, found in soybeans and avocados, play a structural role in our brain and eyes.
Refresh with an easy-to-prepare mango lassi made with plant-based yoghurt.
Mango is a low-calorie fruit that is high in fibre and is a good source of vitamins A and C, which are essential for healthy immune cells.
The combination of pumpkin and sweet potato, seasoned with garlic and ginger, then garnished with a swirl of creamy plant-based yoghurt, is the perfect soup for a cold rainy night.
This soup is a great source of potassium and beta-carotene that are necessary for healthy functioning immune cells.
Recover after a strenuous session of exercise with a berry smoothie that contains vitamin C and polyphenols, to help reduce oxidative stress.
Soak shredded apple, oats and yoghurt overnight for tomorrow’s power breakfast.