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The Immune System
Perhaps nothing is more important the body than a healthy immune system. After all, it can make a difference as to whether a virus or bacteria can actually cause sickness or whether you can fight it off.
Boosting the Immune System through Nutrition
Good nutrition is vital to a strong immune system, which provides protection from various seasonal illnesses like the flu and other health problems such as allergies, arthritis, cancers and abnormal cell development. So protect yourself from infections and boost your immunity through by adding good nutrition to your diet plan.
5 Foods that Boost Immunity:
Feeding your body various foods can help your immune system to stay strong. If you're finding ways to avoid the flu and winter colds, the first step you need to take is to visit your local grocery store. Plan your diet to add these 5 great immune system boosters:
1.???? Citrus Fruits:
People often turn to vitamin C once they've caught a cold. Vitamin C helps construct your immune system as it’s thought to improve the production of white blood cells. WBC’s are important for fighting infections. Popular citrus fruits are oranges, limes, grapefruits, lemons, tangerines
Your body can’t synthesize nor store vitamin C; therefore you need it daily for continued health. Almost every citrus fruit is rich in vitamin C. With such a diverse range to pick from, it's simple to squeeze some of this vitamin to your meal.
Garlic is added in almost every other cuisine since it adds a little energy to meals and it's vital for your health. The early societies understood its importance in fighting infections. Garlic is also useful in lowering the blood pressure and slowing down the hardening of your arteries as stated by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative HealthTrusted Source. The immune-boosting properties of garlic stem from a dense concentration of sulfur-containing compounds like allicin.
Spinach is not only rich in vitamin C but it's also full of beta carotene and antioxidants that can enhance the infection-fighting ability of our immune systems. Spinach is the healthiest when it’s cooked very little so that it can retain its nutrients. However, cooking it lightly enhances its vitamin A and permits the other nutrients to be free from oxalic acid.
Find yoghurts that have "live and active cultures" labeled on them such as Greek yogurt. These can stimulate your immune system to assist fighting diseases. It’s better to eat plain yogurts instead of the flavored ones that are full of sugar. You can always use a drizzle of honey and healthy fruits to sweeten your yoghurt. Yogurt is also rich in vitamin D, so it is important to choose brands enriched with vitamin D since it helps control the immune system and boosts the body’s natural resistances against diseases.
Vitamin E is the important for a healthy immune system. This is a fat-soluble vitamin, so it needs the fat to be absorbed well. Nuts like almonds are full of vitamins and also comprise of healthy fats. A half-cup of almonds, that is, about 46 full, shelled almonds, offer as much as a 100% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin E.
Diversity is the key to good nutrition. Eating one of these foods isn’t enough to help fight off the infections like the flu, even if one eats it continually. It is important to pay attention to recommended daily intake and serving sizes so that one doesn’t get a lot of a single vitamin and very little of others.