Building a strong immune system goes hand in hand with building good health.
Good nutrition is the foundation of good health. It is the fuel that feeds all our systems that keep us safe and help us live long active lives.
Ask yourself are you giving your body the fuel it loves for top performance or the fuel that leads to breakdowns and deterioration?
It will also mean your amazing complex immune system can concentrate on protection not every day repairs from poor diet and lifestyles. So here are the things you should give your body on a daily basis.
One of the most important things we need in our daily food intake are ANTIOXIDANTS.
We particularly need these for a strong immune system. While there is currently no official recommended daily allowance for antioxidants or antioxidant foods, generally speaking the more you consume each day from real whole-foods in your diet the better.
The following foods are excellent sources of antioxidants:
- Green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale
- Onion, oregano, turmeric, cumin, basil, ginger, garlic, cayenne pepper
- Dark chocolate (70 per cent minimum cocoa solids)
- Green and white tea.
If you are struggling to eat enough fruit and veg (I recommend 10 – 15 portions mostly veg but including fruits, berries, whole grains, nuts and seeds) every single day.
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Most fruits, vegetables and herbs contain antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein, beta-carotene, flavonoids and lycopene and they are the most effective way to boost our antioxidants and our immune system.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant found in abundance in fruits and vegetables. It is a significant nutrient for boosting immunity and may help to reduce the severity and duration of a common cold. We cannot store Vitamin C so a daily intake is essential. Food sources high in Vitamin C include: broccoli, Brussel sprouts, kale, kiwi fruit and citrus fruit oranges.
We also need vitamin D for our immune system as we cannot make it or store it we need a daily supply. One of the good sources is mushrooms and a great tip is if you leave them on the windowsill for 1 hour before you eat the they double in Vitamin D.
Be aware of some supplements as too much is not good for our immune system so get your vitamin D from sunlight where possible.
Just going outside for 1/2 an hour makes a big difference in even on cloudy days. Mushrooms – just by putting them on a windowsill before you cook them can double their Vitamin D content.
Eggs, fortified whole grains are also a good form of Vitamin D. If you supplement take Vitamin D3 with K2.
All the above can be found in a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, berries, nuts and seeds. This is not covering essential fats they will feature in the next newsletter.
There is more than just this to good health but if you get stated with these things you will be getting your foundation right to build on.
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