Welcome to Lewes Food Market

We've reached the Grand Final!

   Lewes Food Market are delighted to be Grand Finalists in the Sussex Food & Drinks Awards 2017!  

Thank you to everyone who voted for us, your support is amazing.

 

Foods that support a strong immune system

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Images & recipes by Daphne Lambert

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This time of year sees an onslaught of infections; to protect you from succumbing you need an immune system that works well.  Our immune system depends on many nutrients to work effectively and the ideal immune-boosting diet is really no different from the ideal every day diet but if you are a bit off track at the moment here are a few pointers.

The thymus gland produces hormones responsible for immune activity and special white blood cells called T cells, which destroy infected cells. T cell activity and the production of antibodies depend on vitamin B6. Spinach, turnip greens, leeks, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts and shiitake mushroom, all in season at the moment, are a good source of vitamin B6 as are whole grains.

Vitamin C intake is essential to immune function. Vitamin C helps immune cells to mature and improves the performance of antibodies and macrophage. Citrus fruits, cauliflower, broccoli and kale are good sources and all abundant at the moment. Other good sources are strawberries, blueberries and raspberries in the Summer and rosehip, elderberries and blackberries in the Autumn, preserve these fruits to have in the Winter months. Vitamin C along with vitamins A & E and zinc & selenium are important anti-oxidant nutrients – they disarm the free radicals which invaders produce.

Eat fresh green leaves every day. The chlorophyll in green leaves supports our immune system by combating unhealthy colonies of bacteria, yeasts & fungi in the body and reduces inflammation..

Good bacterial balance in the gut is important for immune function. Eat plenty of lactic ferments like sauerkraut and kefir.

If you work inside all day you are probably not getting enough sun. When we lack vitamin D our immune systems are vulnerable to bacteria and viruses. Eggs, yogurt, shiitake mushrooms are good sources as well as fatty fish – herrings, sardines, mackerel, wild salmon.

Garlic is a wonderful antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal and turmeric, ginger and cinnamon are powerful spices to add to your immune boosting diet.

Eat plenty of good fat, cold pressed olive oil and organic butter are both beneficial. Fresh seeds and nuts are rich in essential fatty acids as well as vitamin E, zinc and protein. Cooking with poly unsaturated oils creates toxic trans fatty acids and exposure to air creates rancidity altered oils of this nature  suppress the immune system.

Make certain you eat three meals a day, if you are battling adrenal fatigue, diabetes, weight issues, hormone or blood sugar problems you may need to eat 5 smaller meals. If all your commitments
allow try to take a few early nights and allow your body to rest and restore, never underestimate the positive effect to the immune system from having a good 8 hours sleep!

Daphne Lambert

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Daphne's immune-boosting recipes

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Harvest Celebration

A wake me up juice, a warming soup, a nourishing cabbage dish, a delicious chutney, a simple way with plaice and a fireside drink to celebrate the autumn harvest.

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Images & recipes by Daphne Lambert

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Fresh, artisan breads - every Friday

 

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Flint Owl Bakery breads are handcrafted and baked in small batch sizes using high quality, organic ingredients.

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Photograph by Jazmin van Breda

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Fresh, local fruits - every Friday

 


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Delicious apples from Greenway Fruit Farm.

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Photograph by Jazmin van Breda

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Fresh, locally made dishes to take home - every Friday

 

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Kabak: Lewes-based catering outfit specialising in dishes inspired by Middle Eastern and North African cooking.

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Our stallholders can proudly tell you where and how their foods were farmed or processed as well as give you cooking advice and recipes.

 

Lewes Food Market offers an abundance of high quality food brought from local producers. You'll find a wide range of competitively priced, fresh produce so you can do your weekly shopping at the market.

 

By shopping at Lewes Food Market, you’re helping to maintain the viability of our local producers and so sustaining and protecting our local food supplies. 

 

You’re also using fewer food miles so you are helping to protect the environment. Shopping regularly at Lewes Food Market is fun and relaxing – just the place to meet up with old friends and make some new ones.

 

 

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Lewes Food Market is the result of a partnership between Transition Town Lewes,

the Lewes Town Partnership and Lewes District Council.

 

Photographs copyright Edward Reeves and Julia Waterlow

 

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