Coconuts and Coconut Oil
coconuts and coconut oil are rich in lauric acid, and contain the same compounds 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. Make sure your coconuts and coconut oil are organic ones that are unrefined, unbleached, made without heat processing or chemicals, and are non-GMO.
Locally Grown Organic Vegetables
Raw organic vegetables are truly your best source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes for keeping the immune system strong. Ideally all vegetables should be fresh, as the canning process brings the nutrient value down significantly. Visit local farmer’s markets for fresh fruits and veggies in season and choose organic whenever available.
Blueberries and Raspberries
Blueberries and raspberries contain an incredible amount of antioxidants compared to other fruits and vegetables. Wild blueberries in particular are potent immune boosters. They contain powerful phytochemicals and are lower in sugar than many other fruits
Garlic offers many incredible benefits to the immune system. It’s antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal. Ideally, you should be eating garlic every day. One of the best things about garlic is that bacteria, viruses, and yeast build up zero resistance to it, unlike with synthetic antibiotics. For optimal benefits, garlic should be fresh and used instead of garlic tablets
Essential Vitamins Vitamin C is an important nutrient for a strong immune system. It is recommended that adult males get 90 mg daily and females 75 mg daily. Foods to include into your eating plan to ensure adequate Vitamin C intake are citrus fruits, strawberries, papayas, kiwi, dark leafy greens and broccoli. If you are eating a minimum of 6 servings of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis, you are most likely getting the recommended amount. For those who are not, a quality Vitamin C supplement may be needed. Omega 3’s are essential fatty acids the body needs, but cannot make on its own. That is why it is critical for us to ingest an adequate amount of Omega 3’s. Omega 3’s have been found to play a critical role in decreasing and preventing inflammation inside the body. Chronic inflammation in the body has been linked to joint pain, heart disease, and the growth of cancerous tumors. Quality sources of Omega 3’s are salmon, sardines, walnuts, and organic eggs. For those who do not consume these foods on a regular basis, a quality fish oil supplement may be needed. B Vitamins are critical for energy and the immune system, especially Vitamin B6. B6 is involved in protein metabolism and cellular growth. Vitamin B6 helps your immune system keep the spleen, lymph nodes and thymus healthy. When kept healthy, these organs can then make your white blood cells.
Studies have shown that if your body has a vitamin B6 deficiency, your immune system will suffer. It will decrease your body’s antibody production and restrain your immune system’s response. In order to keep a healthy immune system, vitamin B6 should be in your diet
Foods high in B6 that should be included into your meal plans each day are potatoes, bananas, chicken breasts, oatmeal, and avocados. For more information on Isabel De Los Rios or BeyondDiet.com, follow @Beyond_Diet on Twitter, “Like” Beyond Diet on Facebook, and visit the website: www.beyonddiet.com .