Natural Body Boosting Foods for your Immune System

Body Boosting Foods for your Immune System

Antioxidant, Antibacterial Foods for Immune Health

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Written by: Femi Doyle-Marshall

 

 

Getting the flu, a bug or the common cold during the winter season is never a pleasant experience. During the summer is even worse (personal experience granted). Before you get bogged down with the winter blues and remain trapped indoors entirely this post was created to help books your immune. The common cold can spawn from one of two things or a combination of 1) a bacterial infection or 2) a virial attack on the body’s immune system. These can be transferred through the air or in direct contact (ie. in the form of saliva, open wound).

Flu season leads to runny noses, coughing and sore throats. Extreme cases can lead to phenomena, bronchitis or other infections that can be caused by stress, fatigue or poor nutrition. The best preventative defense to any winter weather will be optimum nutrition, good levels of physical activity and an ample dose of nutrients from the foods you are consuming. Manage stress throughout this time period and watch your body ward off the pesky threats looming.

With that bundle up and be ready. The next storm may be around the corner.

ALLERGEN ALERT! Please be aware that some of the foods on the list may cause allergic reactions. If you are not aware see your family physician to confirm.

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Garlic: Allium sativum also known as garlic has been used through the ages in culinary dishes and medicinal purposes. Prepared in many meals you can combine it in stir fry as seasoning. Dice, chop and lightly garnish them or eat them raw. Dressings can be made with the use of raw garlic among other creative ideas. Trial studies have found they may prevent the common cold compared to an individual not eating them. Research on these studies can be found here and here.

Vitamin C: L-ascorbic acid, ascorbate or Vitamin C is an essential nutrient and can be further looked at as an antioxidant to protecting the body from cell damage. Further to note it is water soluble. Your body flushes this out through urine, physical activity and daily living. The highest vegetable sources of this vitamin are found in peppers, leafy greens (kale, turnip greens, spinach), tomatoes and broccoli. The highest fruit sources are found in guavas, kiwifruit, berries and citrus fruits. Vitamin C is considered safe and can be used as a preventative measure for the common cold.

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Cayenne or Chili Pepper: Pepper is a primary staple in many meals. It may cause an inflammatory response to some so be cautious if you do not commonly cook with it. This gem alone has the ability to affect your nervous, cardiovascular and digestive system as a stimulant. The ability to significantly impact the common cold is mixed so bare that in mind. Interestingly the compound capsaicin a compound in chili when concentrated has the ability to treat several conditions (ie. rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, peripheral neuropathies). It has worked for me on occasion.

Ginger: Ginger as spice has the ability to be made into a tea, grated and garnished in foods and add a distinct taste to whatever you are consuming. Extracted and in pure states it has shown it is also strongly antibacterial and antifungal against thirteen pathogenic bacteria and three fungi.

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Turmeric Powder:
One distinct spice with a world of properties. Turmeric also known as curcumin possess potent properties to boost the body. A number include being an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, cholesterol managing and antibacterial. Used primarily as a spice in foods it is also known as a coloring agent. Combining it as a seasoning could be greatly beneficial.

In conclusion you have quite a number of options to pick when it comes to natural foods to boost your body. Viewing seasoning and spices is one option. The selected fruits and vegetables you consume is the other. By having a diverse mix, you are more than ready for the weather. Aim for the highest qualities and the rest will be a walk in the park.

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Additional Relevant Information

Nutritional Composition of Tumeric (Curcuma longa) and its Antimicrobial Properties
http://www.ijser.org/researchpaper/Nutritional-Composition-of-Tumeric-Curcuma-longa.pdf

Evaluation – Spice extracts of ginger, turmeric and garlic
http://www.phytojournal.com/vol2Issue3/Issue_sep_2013/39.1.pdf

Complementary and alternative medicine for prevention and treatment of the common cold
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3024156/

 

 

 

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