Monday, November 11, 2013

Health Tip Of The Week - 10 Foods To Boost Your Immune System

Now that we are in the beginning of cold and flu season, we are all trying to keep ourselves and our families healthy.  When preparing dinners, and packing lunches, throw a few of these into your recipes or lunch bags.

-  Button Mushrooms - Mushrooms support a healthy immune system.  They are antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-tumor.

-  Acai Berries - This superfood has become well known over the past few years.  They are a powerful antioxidant, which can help the body fight disease.

-  Watermelon - Another fruit full of antioxidants.  You will find that the healthiet part of the fruit is close to the rind.

-  Cabbage - An affordable vegetable full of glutamine.  Try adding cabbage to your soups and stews.

-  Almonds - Stressed out?  Grab a handful of almonds.  They have been know to reverse the affects of stress on the body, because they contain vitamin B.  They are also full of vitamin E, which boosts the immune system.

-  Grapefruit - Packed with vitamin C and flavanoids, so try some grapefruit!

-  Wheat Germ - With zinc, antioxidants, vitamin B, fiber, protein, and good fat, you are getting a big bang for your buck!  Add wheat germ to your flour for baking, oatmeal, cereal, and protein shakes.

-  Low Fat Yogurt - A cup a day can keep a cold at bay!  Look for live and active cultures listed on the label.  These stimulate your immune system.  Combined with vitamin D, it can be a strong immune booster.

-  Garlic - It contains many immune boosting antioxidants.  Peel, chop, and let it sit for 15 - 20 minutes, before cooking, to activate immune boosting properties.

-  Spinach - Another superfood, that repairs the cells and DNA, due to it's abundance of folate.  It is also full of fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin C.

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