Immune Boosting Ideas
As a holistic health practitioner, I look at the whole person, their diet, lifestyle, relationships and environment.
I empower clients in ways that help them flourish in all aspects of their life.
When our immune system is dysfunctional, it can have a detrimental impact on all the other systems of the body.
Diet is essential, but so is managing our stress levels and having healthy relationships with ourselves and others. Keeping the environment, we live in, as loving, respectful and non-toxic as possible aids our all-round wellbeing.
It's essential to have as many of the rainbow colours as possible on your plate each day. Your brain and body will be very grateful to you for ensuring they have a great variety of fruit and vegetables that have high vitamin C levels.
Vitamin C is one of the biggest immune system boosters of all.
Vitamin C is In all fruits and vegetables. Things such as oranges, lemons, grapefruit, cranberries, tomatoes, spinach, red cabbage, peppers, garlic, rose-hips, have particularly high levels which boost our immunity.
Also plenty of antioxidants and phytonutrients help fight disease.
Zinc also helps support the immune system. It can be found in...
*Meat is an excellent source. *Shellfish are a low calorie source. *Legumes like chickpeas, lentils and beans all contain substantial amounts of zinc. *Seeds. *Nuts. *Dairy. *Eggs. *Whole grains.
Vitamin D is important - In the presence of viral infection, lung epithelial cells are able to convert vitamin D to active vitamin D which in turn produces an increased amount of cathelicidin (antimicrobial peptides which are part of the innate immune system). Vitamin D regulates the adaptive immune system, particularly T cells (TH1 cells, TH2 cells, TH17 cells, and T regulatory cells).
Vitamin D rich foods are...
*Fatty fish and seafood *Mushrooms *Egg yolks
We also get a vitamin D boost from the sun.
Because very few foods contain vitamin D, in countries like Scotland where there isn’t a lot of sun Vitamin D3 supplements are recommended, as it’s very important for keeping many functions of the body working efficiently.
Vitamin B6 is vital to supporting biochemical reactions in the immune system.
Vitamin B6 can be found in pork, poultry, such as chicken or turkey, some fish, peanuts, wheatgerm, oats, garlic, bananas.
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps the body fight off infection.
You can find vitamin E in...
*Nuts such as almonds, peanuts, and hazelnuts/filberts).
*Seeds (such as sunflower seeds).
*Green leafy vegetables (such as spinach and broccoli).
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