Have you ever wondered why you get so sick so often? It might be the cold weather, it might be that you picked up some virus or bacteria somewhere, or it just might be the food that you eat. All these factors, especially when combined, weaken your immune system. Actually, careful what you put in your grocery store basket. It might cost you your health.
It is the season of colds, flu, viruses and bacteria thrive; but if your body is not prepared to battle them, you’ll be soon lying in your bed, covered with three blankets, drinking hot tea and sneezing as if you have allergies. The immune system and its strength highly depend on food intake and the food type. Therefore, we offer a list of essential immunity boosting items to help you go through intact by diseases.
First and foremost, the food you eat must be fresh and organic; fruits and vegetables in particular, because they are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are nutrients, vitamins and minerals that serve to protect our cells from virus attacks and other injuries that are caused by free radicals. The three most important antioxidants are Vitamin C, Vitamin E and beta-carotene. Those can be found in fruits and vegetables of color – yellow, orange, purple, red, blue and should be best consumed raw.
Foods rich in Vitamin C: Broccoli, cauliflower, berries, Brussel sprouts, grapefruit, kale, mango, kiwi, orange, peppers, strawberries, sweet potatoes, tomatoes.
Foods rich in Vitamin E: Mango, papaya, nuts, broccoli, spinach, carrots, nuts, pumpkin, sunflower seeds, red peppers.
Foods rich in Beta-carotene: Beets, broccoli, carrots, asparagus, kale, corn, green peppers, peaches, apricots, pumpkin, watermelon, tangerines, spinach, collard greens and turnip, sweet potato, cantaloupe etc.
Other foods rich in antioxidants: Onions, beans, eggplant, plums, raisins, red grapes, apples, prunes etc.
Besides vitamins, there are other types of antioxidants and those include Selenium and Zinc. Selenium-rich foods are tuna fish, poultry, Brazil nuts, grain products etc. and Zinc-rich foods are cereals, dairy, oysters and other sea food, poultry, beans, red meat, nuts etc.
In order to provide a complete immune system boost for your body, you should also pay attention to the quality of the food you eat. Avoid processed foods and try to prepare your own meals instead of microwave ready ones. Also, when possible, the dairy products you consume should be organic because GMO dairy contains more harmful ingredients than good ones. Eggs should be organic as well and the meat you eat should come from grass-fed animals.
Try to implement coconut oil into your diet. It is known for its lauric acid which is one of the most powerful components for good immune system. Also, coconut oil should be all natural and organic. In addition, try organic mushrooms, propolis (bee resin), herbal and other caffeine-free teas, spices and herbs and don’t forget garlic and the cold and flu will not even attempt to get near you.
There is no battle against bacteria and viruses much like the immune system fights. We as humans must be aware of what we eat, how we eat it and how much of it is good for our health. Help your immune system and by doing so, you help yourself stay healthy for a long, long time.