It can prove quite the challenge to stay healthy these days with chronic illnesses running more rampant than ever. The good news is there are natural whole foods that are superior in helping elicit a strong immune system response.
Instead of consuming processed and other convenience foods, shop for nutrient-dense whole foods that are helpful in making immune system stronger. In the majority of cases, a healthy immune system will perform above and beyond the call of duty and protect the body from more serious onslaughts. Examples include; frequent infections, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and arthritis.
Here is the suggested diet for strong immune system:
(1) Fermented Foods:
Kefir, an ancient fermented food rich in healthful digestive flora and natural enzymes, is one of nature’s premiere immune system boosters. Kefir naturally contains large populations of friendly microorganisms that keep the digestive system in working order. When gut health and the digestive system is in perfect working order, the immune system is that much more functional.
Other fermented foods that pack a powerful immune system punch include; natto, kimchi, tempeh, pickles, yogurt, olives, sauerkraut and miso. As with kefir, the friendly bacteria contained in these foods assists overall in making strong system immune .
(2) Raw Organic Eggs:
Raw eggs are a fantastic source of high-quality protein, full range B-vitamins, and healthful fats. For the money, raw organic eggs are a bang for the buck and are rampant with essential immune system nutrients.
Raw organic eggs are easy to mix into smoothies and juicing recipes. Eggs do not raise cholesterol levels as previously thought. Raw organic eggs are easy to digest for the elderly, young children, and those who might find themselves experiencing health challenges.
Be advised that ONLY organic eggs should be consumed raw. Its consuming mass produced conventional eggs that raise the risk of salmonella infections.
(3) Coconuts And Coconut Oil:
Coconuts and coconut oil are nothing short of phenomenal for regulating normal metabolic processes. The humble coconut is rich in lauric acid which is a potent antimicrobial. Interestingly, lauric acid is found in mother’s milk and plays a key role in immunity for newborn babies. The natural compounds in lauric acid are also responsible for adulterating the cell membranes of invading microbes. Thereby, rendering their invasion ineffective.
(4) Unprocessed Organic Milk From Grass-Fed Cows:
Raw organic milk contains good bacteria and beneficial fats that make immune system stronger. It’s a potent source of Vitamin- A, natural enzymes, and zinc. Surprisingly, raw organic milk has twice the amount of Vitamin-C as found in one orange. This is in contrast to its processed counterpart.
Raw organic milk will not perpetuate rheumatoid arthritis, skin rashes, cramps, runny stools, allergies, and other negative symptoms associated with processed milk.
If access to raw milk is limited, use high-quality whey protein from grass-fed cows. This will help mirror the healthful effects of raw organic milk. Whey protein is the protein separated from curd during the production of cheese. Whey protein is a proven immune system enhancer.
(5) Grass Fed Beef:
Grass-fed beef is derived from cows that are fed an exclusive diet of grass and hay. They are not fed grains of any kind as grain fed beef is high in caloriesand hasan unhealthful ratio of bad fats. Grass and hay products are what cows were naturally designed to thrive upon.
Grass fed beef is high in Vitamin A, omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin- E, trace minerals, and beta carotene. Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a healthful fatty acid found in grass fed beef. However, CLA is not found in the meat of their grain fed counterparts. CLA is proven to boost immune system.
(6) Organic Vegetables:
Consuming fresh, organic, and raw vegetables is good diet for strong immune system. This is due largely to the healthful fiber, natural minerals and disease fighting phytonutrients they contain.
Be certain to choose fresh or frozen vegetables and not canned. Canned vegetables loose approximately 75% of their nutritional value during the heating and canning process.
Rich in fiber, protein, Vitamin C, calcium, B vitamins, and trace minerals, mushrooms also contain special compounds that strengthen the immune system. Some of these compounds include beta glucan, lentinan, grifolan, and PSP.
Recent nutritional research has proven these compounds effective cancer fighters and helpful in the remediation of HIV/AIDS.
Most of us are familiar with the regular button top mushrooms used for cooking and salads. While they are an excellent source of natural nutrition, it’s the variety mushrooms such as Maitake, Shitake and Turkey tail species that contain natural compounds proven to benefit immune system health.
(8) Blueberries And Raspberries:
Compared to other fruits and vegetables, blueberries and raspberries have an extremely high antioxidant capacity. This is often referred to as the ORAC value. The higher the ORAC value of a food, the greater the capacity for neutralizing disease causing free radicals.
A single-cell freshwater algae, chlorella is a potent full body detoxifier and especially targets high levels of mercury in the body. Chlorella contains chlorophyll that helps the body process more oxygen, helps grow and repair tissues, and cleanses the liver quite effectively. When purchasing chlorella, make sure to obtain a product that has a cracked cell wall.
(10) Green Tea:
The most nutrient and antioxidant dense is Matcha green tea. About 80% of the Matcha green tea found in the USA is imported from Japan. Studies have shown that Japanese Matcha green tea is superior amongst all others due to the special cultivation processes employed by Japanese farmers.
Some of these prudent farming practices include growing the tea plant in shady areas where it thrives, hand picking the youngest leaves of the plant and removing the stems and veins of the leaf.
This is an important consideration when purchasing green tea as the stems and leaves carry no nutritional value. Cheaper green tea products will include all stems, veins, and even branches. The inclusion of such simply acts as filler and provides watered down products for profits.
After water, green tea is the most widely consumed beverage in Japan. Could this (amongst other healthful dietary practices) be why Japan, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, is considered to have the number one health care system in the world?
Share Your Thoughts:
It’s our contention that achieving a strong immune system is quite simple and also reasonably inexpensive given the above recommendations. No matter where nutritional research leads us, science always proves over and again that whole foods are what the body was designed to thrive upon. If you have any suggestions or want to add your tips please feel free to post your comments below.
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This article is written by Dr. Linda Kennedy MS SLP ND from www.nutritionalhealthscience.com/ who owns a private laboratory where she produces natural and whole food nutritional health supplements for her patients and clients.
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