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Seventeen Immune System Body Boosting Foods

Posted Jan 23 2012 10:16am

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In the past, I have found our daily newspaper to be sometimes quite inspirational. When it comes to writing content and today’s post is again no exception during the holiday period. There was an article within it, which was entitled Give Yourself a Body Boost and, as always being as it was so good I am going to put it into a post.

It starts off by saying that you are probably feeling a bit bloated may be sluggish, with the amount of food that you may have been eating over the Christmas period, coupled with going to bed late and moving very little watching too much television, and the list goes on.

So this list is designed to revitalise your energy in order to get you moving again, if needs be, and give you a much-needed  energy boost.

Brussels sprouts

The reason for eating Brussels sprouts is they are high in vitamin C, which is a boost for your immune system as well as your skin nerves and mucous membrane. Not only, that, they will help maintain energy levels as well as good fat as well as helping to protect you against asthma, migraine and possibly depression.

They tend to be rich in a particular thing called glucosinolates. These tend to help increase c enzymes within your body, which get rid of carcinogens, which help with cancer prevention.

Onions

Onions have natural inbuilt antibacterial properties, which in turn will help with lowering cholesterol levels as well as that they can help your body to dissolve blood clots, if you have some onion soup.  This can help with coughs and colds in the winter.

Avocados

Avocados are very good nutrition wise and have lots of benefits for your health. They are high in potassium, which is known to lower blood pressure. Furthermore, they are very high in antioxidants which mop up free radicals, which may be present from the environment and what you eat.

These can be toxic to your cells, so the more foods that you eat with high antioxidants, the better. Free radicals can be one of the things that can start cancer and heart disease.

Because of their high amount of phytochemicals avocados have anti-inflammatory properties. They help to prevent yeast infections avocados can help protect your skin from ageing prematurely and will help with keeping your hair in good condition. Furthermore, some new research says that avocados can help improve  your sperm health.

Oats

If you have a bowl of hot porridge this is a very good way to start your day. Oats are high in protein, as well as iron. The fibre in oats is known to help with lowering your cholesterol levels, porridge is also able to help with stress and tired nerves.

Soya

Soya has a lot of phytochemicals in which are great for mopping up free radicals, which will help in prevention of some sorts of cancers. Soya is supposedly able to help with both prostate and breast cancer and may help to prevent as well as treat heart disease.

Potatoes

If you have some potatoes left over from your holiday period, then you might want to consider using them if you’re feeling a bit anxious.

Apparently there good for soothing your nerves as well as helping with digestive problems, e.g. stomach ulcers, their nutritional value, which includes high B vitamins, potassium, iron, is present within their skins, so make sure that you cook them with the jackets on.

If you want something a bit more nutritious, then why not try their counterparts, sweet potatoes, these tend to be very rich in vitamin A, as well as carotenoids, which help support your immune system should you become infected, as well as keeping cancer at bay. Another benefit of these is if you’re going through a rest period. They can help to maintain healthy muscles.

Carrots

Carrots are full of great vitamin’s and carotenoids, which are beneficial to your eyesight. They also support circulation and healing of wounds. Carrots can help prevent cancer and heart disease if you have some pureed carrots. These can help with diarrhoea if your infant/child has it.

Bananas

If you’re anything like me, I like having bananas with my cereal. This is great if you want a quick energy boost. Bananas have lots of potassium in that will help to lower your blood pressure. Bananas are fibrous, which means that they will easily digestible and have the following health benefits. They keep you healthy skin, hair, nerves and bones, on the other.

Curly Kale

This green vegetable has three types of phytochemicals, which help in cancer prevention.  These are glucosinolates, bioflavonoids. These help to stimulate your immune system. Kale also helps with your health in the following organs your heart, muscles and nerves and also helps protect you against high blood pressure, as well as vascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes have a lot of antioxidant goodness in them and help support your immune system. At the same time, they help to maintain energy levels, so this will make them a good choice for people who may have prostrate cancer and heart disease. They also boost your resistance to infectious diseases and help with healing.

Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts are something of a festive/holiday nut. They have high levels of vitamin E and selenium these two are essential ingredients for boosting your immune system. Both work together selenium on its own does the following. It activates an enzyme which prevents free radicals from forming, which can damage DNA, not only this; it  you against infection and will help suppress tumour growth.

Grapefruit

Grapefruit is a great detoxification fruit and works on your digestive system and liver. If your energy levels are low, then this is a good choice of fruit to eat. It also has the following properties. It aids in healing blood vessels help strengthen bones. The soluble fibre, which is in grapefruit can help to lower cholesterol levels, as well as other blood fats. It attaches itself to any excess cholesterol as well as bile acids and helps to remove them from the body.

Sage

This is an ingredient of stuffing, which has been left over. It has antiseptic properties, which help to improve the function of your mucous membrane. This tends to come into effect when you have colds and flu. It’s your body’s way of trying to get rid of the infection. It may also help to reduce perspiration.

Red Peppers  

Red peppers have a high level of vitamins C, as well as good antioxidant properties, which help to prevent certain degenerative diseases such as eye conditions like age-related macular degeneration.

Garlic  

The great thing about garlic is it has many antibacterial properties, which help to stimulate the production of white blood cells within your immune system and acts against a varied amount of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. It also has an oil, which is volatile, which is excreted through your lungs.

Which is really helpful for respiratory problems such as bronchitis and whooping cough. Garlic also works in your blood, which helps to reduce body fat, as well as cholesterol and over a certain period of time will help to lower your blood pressure.

Spinach  

Spinach is a welcome addition to any salad that you may make its leaves are high in something called folate, which is important for healthy foetal development, which makes it an essential food for women who are pregnant, both before and during their pregnancy.

Spinach is high in the following vitamins A, C and K, which help to protect the skin and stimulate your immune system. It contains carotenoids,  which are powerful antioxidants, which will help protect you against cancer of the following lungs, breast and cervix. They also help with the eyes and liver function.

Oranges/Satsumas

Due to the high amount of vitamin C in oranges. They help to prevent high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. They also can be beneficial to aid in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders.

Sources and references: This has been extracted from the book, Eat to Boost Your Immunity and was printed in the Daily Express newspaper onTuesday, 27 December 2011.

 

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