How to reinforce and fortify your immune system

September 18, 2012

We often get the question: How can I not be susceptible to sicknesses, bad mood, bad temper and in general bad state of mind and body? How can reinforce my immune system against physical and emotional or even psychological illnesses? The answer of course is fitness and diet lead to health.

 It all has to do with the balance in our body and as the ancient Greeks used to say: A healthy mind in a healthy body. We are now two weeks into autumn; we have said a goodbye to summer with the Labor Day celebrations. Back to work or back to school means fewer hours of sleep, a lot of work and unfortunately stress. All of these conditions combined with the change of the weather and the drop in temperature constitute the perfect recipe for illness. It is for these and many other reasons that we need to fortify our immune system by including in our diet all or most of the following nutritional and basic foods.  The foods presented can easily be included in our diet.

 

Button Mushrooms: Contrary to what most people believe button mushrooms are rich in nutrients. They contain selenium and other antioxidants. Relevant studies have shown that low levels of selenium in our body are closely related to serious forms of flu. In addition to selenium and antioxidants, button mushrooms contain riboflavin and niacin two substances which are important for the proper functioning of our immune system. 

 Acai Berry: Acai Berry is known as the champion food. Together with blueberries they are rich in an antioxidant called anthocyanin. Acai berry is not associated with the cure of any specific disease but the antioxidants it contains help the body to prevent the attack of a disease and fight the aging of our body. You can include Acai berries in your diet in the form of a juice and fresh or dried fruits.

 Oysters: Due to their Zinc content, Oysters fortify the immune system while at the same time many consider them as an aphrodisiac food. Low levels of Zinc are related to infertility in men. Another observation relates Zinc to antiviral action even though scientists cannot fully explain this. Zinc however is considered to be an important element of our immune system and is closely related to wound healing.

 Watermelon: Watermelon is not only sweet and refreshing but it also contains an important and beneficial antioxidant, glutathione, which helps in the fortification of our immune system. Glutathione exists in abundance in ripe watermelons.

 Cabbage: Cabbage is another source of glutathione. Feel free to consume cabbage in your salads by using several cabbage varieties such as red and Chinese cabbage so as to give the salad color and taste. You can also use cabbage in soups, stew as well as in fried rice thus having plenty of ways to consume cabbage.

 Almonds: A handful of almonds ‘’supports’’ and strengthens our body during periods of high and intense stress. The recommended consumption quantity per day is a quarter of a cup. A quarter of a cup full of almonds contains about half, 50%, of the daily recommended Vitamin E intake. Vitamin E is the vitamin which reinforces and fortifies the immune system.  Almonds also contain riboflavin and niacin; two antioxidants which help us recover from the downward effects of stress.

 The six foods presented, as the foods which when included in our diet will fortify our immune system, are easily accessible to most of us and can be found in the neighbourhood supermarkets.

 Eating right is important for our health and the right diet associated with physical exercise leads to a healthy body and mind.

 

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