Archive for February, 2011

Friday, February 25, 2011

Supporting Our Immune Systems

Anyone who is trying to heal will probably want to support his or her immune system in every way possible. In addition to lowering stress, mind getting plenty of rest, order and drinking lots of water, we can give our immune systems a boost by increasing the natural, whole foods in our diet.

For example, the good bacteria in yogurt can increase the body’s white blood cell count. Garlic has antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anti-parasitic properties and contains antioxidants and anti-tumor components. Broccoli, bell peppers and berries have very high levels of Vitamin C. Asparagus, beets and carrots offer lots of beta-carotene; and, chard, spinach and sunflower seeds can provide the Vitamin E our bodies need to destroy germs and cancer cells. Foods such as oysters, red meat and poultry, beans, nuts, whole grains and dairy products provide zinc, which helps increase the production of white blood cells while helping them to fight infections and disease more effectively. Then there are vital minerals like selenium (found in tuna, egg yolks and brown rice) and omega fatty acids such as those in fatty fish oils and flax seeds, which act as white blood cell boosters.

When we increase any one of these foods in our diets, we benefit. But when we begin taking in a variety of fresh colorful vegetables, whole grains and healthy sources of protein and essential fatty acids, the nutrients begin to work together synergistically and fortify our immune systems greatly.

During the winter months is an especially important time to make sure we’re eating well. If you’re undergoing radiation therapy or are trying to heal from eczema, psoriasis or other conditions, then proper nutrition is non-negotiable.