Healthy Cooking for a Strong Respiratory System
We all want a strong respiratory system, don’t we? A strong respiratory system depends on healthy functioning of the lungs. Some of the best practices to keep your lungs healthy are: not to smoke, to improve indoor air quality by reducing pollutants like artificial fragrances and dust, and to exercise regularly for improved lung capacity. Eating healthy can contribute greatly to a strong respiratory system, lets find out how:
Importance of Anti-oxidants and Best Food Sources
Seasonal fruits and vegetables supply rich amounts of antioxidants. These nutrients support your immune system’s ability to fight infections, disease, and toxins. The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends an antioxidant-rich diet for good respiratory health. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, prevalent in: bell peppers, strawberries, papaya, kiwi, leafy greens, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and more. Vitamin C can alleviate inflammation in your entire respiratory system, including the airway. This is great news as inflammation has been shown to contribute to conditions such as COPD, asthma and cough conditions.
See this article for more information on this: Non-invasive Assessment of Airway Inflammation by Ian D. Pavord, Sergei A. Kharitonov
Importance of Probiotics Found in Fermented Foods Like Yogurt
According to research published in the British Medical Journal, probiotics (found in fermented foods like yogurt) can help prevent respiratory infections. Probiotics may also help reduce the frequency or severity of cold symptoms, as approximately 70 percent of your immune system is in your gut!
Cooking Healthy in Pure Clay to Retain Nutrition and Eliminate Toxins
Now that we know what kind of foods we need to include in our diets, let us discuss how best to cook them. Did you know the way you cook healthy foods directly affects their nutritional value? Cooking the most nutritious foods in metals can contaminate them by leaching toxins and the harsh heat destroys nutrients.
Pure clay cookware is a great alternative! Whereas metal and ceramic pots are chemical-laden, cooking pots made from an All-Natural clay is 100% non-toxic. Miriams Earthen Cookware (MEC) – a US based cookware brand offers handmade clay pots and pans free from additives, chemicals, and glazes.
Cooking food in MEC’s pots keeps your food uncontaminated, further protecting your respiratory system from harm. And the gentle far-infrared heat cooking generated while cooking in these pots preserves nutrients, including delicate phytonutrients. This also causes your food to retain its natural vibrant flavors and colors.
MEC Clay Pots for Fermentation & Yogurt-Making – And So Much More!
MEC pots are also perfect for fermentation and making yogurt – it turns out thick and creamy because all excess water evaporates through the semi-porous walls. You may also explore the pot’s other uses: sprouting, steaming vegetables, slow cooking, baking, cooking rice and grains and so much more. Think of any healthy recipe and MEC can cook it in the healthiest way possible.
Interested in cooking nutritious foods in pure clay? Order a pot from MEC Store today and have it delivered to you anywhere in the world.