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Immune boosting foods
January 6, 2014, 2:23 pm
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Avoiding processed foods, grains, and sugar will go a long way toward strengthening your immune system. However, you can do even more by selecting foods that are loaded with specific immune-boosting nutrients. Eating a diet rich in the following foods will be far better for your health than loading up on handfuls of supplements.

Whey Protein: Even if you don’t have access to raw milk, you can use a high-quality whey protein that comes from grass-fed cows to receive much of the same health benefits. Whey is the liquid that separates from the curd when churned. In powdered form, the whey nutrients become concentrated and can help fight off colds and flu because it contains beta-glucans and immunoglobulins, which protect your immune system and support your body’s natural detoxification processes.

Fermented foods: If you are serious about boosting your immunity, then adding traditionally fermented foods is essential. Good fermented foods include kimchee, miso, pickles, sauerkraut, yogurt and olives. Friendly bacteria have a powerful, beneficial effect on your gut’s immune system, your first line of defense against pathogens, and aid in the production of antibodies

Raw Organic Eggs: Before you wrinkle up your nose, raw eggs are an inexpensive and amazing source of high-quality nutrients that many people are deficient in, especially high-quality protein and fat.

Coconuts and Coconut Oil: Besides being excellent for your thyroid and your metabolism, coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, which converts in your body to monolaurin. Monolaurin is the actual compound found in breast milk that strengthens a baby’s immunity A great deal of research has been done establishing the ability of lauric acid to enhance immunity. This medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA) actually disrupts the lipid membranes of offending organisms. When selecting coconuts and coconut oil, make sure you choose organic ones that are unrefined, unbleached, made without heat processing or chemicals, and are non-GMO.

Organic Vegetables: When it comes to fighting off pathogens, you simply can’t do any better than eating a variety of fresh, organic and preferably raw vegetables for the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes they contain. However , the amount and type of vegetables you should eat daily will depend on your nutritional type. Make sure the veggies you choose are fresh.

Blueberries and Raspberries: Blueberries and raspberries rate very high in antioxidant capacity compared to other fruits and vegetables. Wild blueberries in particular are potent immune boosters. They contain powerful phytochemicals, such as anthocyanin, which is the pigment that gives blueberries their color. And they are lower in sugar than many other fruits.

Mushrooms: Mushrooms strengthen your immune system because they are rich in protein, fibre, vitamin C, B vitamins, calcium, and other minerals.  Mushrooms also contain powerful compounds called beta-glucans, which have been long known for their immune enhancing properties. The beta-glucans in medicinal mushrooms are notable for their ability to activate and modulate your immune system.

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