Most of the time your immune system performs terrifically in protecting you from most communicable and contagious diseases, however many of us dread the flu season, vacationing in the tropics, and eating street food for sound reasons.
Our immune system is strong but it is not foolproof, microbes can sneak through the defense and make us sick. So what are the few natural ways you can walk about in the snow or enjoy a shallow dip in the warm waters of the tropical seas without the fear of falling ill?
Garlic has been shown to have infection fighting capability. Even research scientists from Harvard agree to the fact that garlic can fight off bacteria, fungi, and some viruses. In 2006, a study conducted on the South European population showed that increased consumption of garlic and onion can prevent multiple types of common cancers.
2. Carrots, pumpkins, broccoli, spinach
These are all sources of Vitamin A which helps to fortify your immune system against the common bacterial, fungal as well as viral threats. Daily doses of Vitamin A boost T cell and B cell immunity in human beings, and stimulate mucosal surfaces which enhance innate immunity.
3. Fermented food like pickles, kimchee, miso, sauerkraut, and pickled olives
They have pro-biotic bacteria which help in digestion and better absorption of the nutrients and minerals we consume. These are bacteria like Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium which are already present in our gut; the pro-biotic containing food simply boosts their population to stimulate our immune system.
4. Brazil nuts, brown rice, sunflower seeds, baked beans, mushrooms, lentils, spinach, cashews, bananas
All these beautiful plant foods contain trace amounts of selenium which has cancer preventing properties. People with low seleno-proteins have been shown to be at a higher risk of colon, rectal, bladder, lung, breast, and prostate cancers.
Tea is the new apple; drinking green or black tea everyday increases the count of interferon in the body. The main functioning component isolated is L-theanine which is broken down in the liver to ethylamine which prompts T cell production. T Cells have bactericidal, anti-viral and anti-tumor properties, as stated by Dr. Jack F. Bukowski, a researcher at Harvard Medical School, Birmingham, and Women’s Medical Hospital at Boston.
6. Fresh juices to jumpstart your day
Orange juice has tons of vitamin C, apple and carrot juices have vitamin A, Kale Juice is an abundant source of vitamins A, C, B6, copper, magnesium, and tomato juice has both vitamins A and C; so fresh juices without any preservatives and added flavoring agents are your best natural dietary supplements. Not only do they remove free oxidant intermediates and radicals, they also boost T and B cell production which fight microbial infections.
Written by Benjamin Roussey for bodono.
Benjamin Roussey is from Sacramento, CA. He has two master’s degrees and served four years in the US Navy. His bachelor’s degree is from CSUS (1999) where he was on a baseball pitching scholarship. He has an MBA in Global Management from the Univ. of Phoenix (2006) where he attributes his writing prowess. He has worked everywhere from small businesses to large corporations, and also for public agencies. He has lived in Korea and Saudi Arabia where he was an ESL instructor. He misses Saudi food and living in Korea. Benjamin has a tremendous work ethic and is quite focused. Now he writes professionally for several clients that covers one sector of our economy to another. Currently he lives in the Phoenix area after living in Cabo San Lucas, MX for 3 years. He enjoys sports, movies, reading, and current events when he is not working.