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Foods to Support Your Immune System – part 1

Have you also seen articles or heard the news that food, herbs and supplements don’t have much effect to help the body to thrive in challenging times? Well, I’ve been connected to some well-educated doctors who are all rounded and believe in the power of nature and holistic approach. In today’s blog, I’m going to present Dr Gary Lindner and share his simple ways how we all CAN support our immune system.

“EAT WELL, LIVE WELL, BE WELL”

Let’s start with food. There are foods that support and some that have detrimental effects on our immune efficiency.

If you eat a lot of foods and beverages high in sugar or refined carbohydrates, which the body processes as sugar, you may be reducing your body’s ability to ward off disease.

Foods and drinks that compromise your immune system include:

  • Processed foods

  • Foods and drinks high in sugar

  • Refined carbohydrates

  • Alcoholic beverages

Eating or drinking too much sugar curbs immune system cells. This effect lasts for at least a few hours after downing a couple of sugary drinks or eating high sugar content foods. Eat more fruits and vegetables, which are rich in nutrients like vitamins C and E, plus beta-carotene and zinc.

Ten foods that support your immune system

1.     Unsalted Almonds are rich in vitamin E, which research suggests is important for maintaining the immune system, particularly as we get older. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that our immune system needs to function properly.

2.     Bell Peppers contain more vitamin C than citrus fruits as well as beta-carotene for healthy skin. Vitamin C is important for our body to form antibodies to help it fight disease.

3.     Broccoli is a great immune-boosting vegetable rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, C, E (and) potassium.

4.     Citrus fruits such as clementines, lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruit are good sources for Vitamin C. With such a variety to choose from, it’s easy to add a squeeze of this vitamin to any meal.

5.     Dark, leafy greens such as arugula, kale, and spinach are good sources of beta carotene, which is associated with reducing inflammation and increasing disease-fighting cells, which help support your immunity.

6.     Garlic contains compounds that naturally act to destroy bacteria and infection, which helps support your immune system. Research suggests that consuming garlic may help reduce the risk of becoming sick and staying ill.  Allin in garlic boosts the disease-fighting response of some types of white blood cells in the body when they encounter viruses,

7.     Medicinal Mushrooms are used worldwide to fight cancer and enhance and modulate the immune response. Certain species act as immune stimulators by raising cancer- and virus-fighting T Cells and Natural Killer Cells and prolonging the life of white blood cells, improving the resolution of infections.

8.     Kiwi fruit is naturally full of a ton of essential nutrients, including folate, potassium, vitamin K, and vitamin C. Vitamin C boosts white blood cells to fight infection

9.     Barley Grass is naturally high in many key nutrients that help to support the immune system, such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, and enzymes. Alongside other immune-supporting vitamins and minerals, Barley Grass is high in arginine, an essential amino acid for both innate and adaptive immune systems. It serves as a physiological substrate for enzymes and a regulatory molecule for creating antibodies.

10.  Green Tea is high in flavonoids exhibit high biological activity and display antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiallergic properties. High in epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) a powerful antioxidant. EGCG has been shown to enhance immune function.

 

Next blog:

The Wellness Home contains many of these immune support foods. On our next Healthy by Choice class, we will be talking about specific nutritionals.

Our next Healthy by Choice class will be on Tuesday, March 31st at 6 pm PDT. We will be discussing ways to support our immune systems. To join the broadcast click this link and follow the prompts www.theroyalalliance.com/live, see you on Tuesday. Please contact me if you are interested in the recording.

Stay safe and happy!

Lucie

 

 

 

 

 

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