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Eat right and fight the flu

December 2, 2009

 

Wash hands with soap and water?  Check.  Hand sanitizer?  Check.  Covering mouth with arm instead of hand?  Check.

Eating enough grapefruit and garlic?  Hmmm.  Better get back to the store.

 In the fight against the flu, building your immunity naturally can be your best line of defense.  A diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and seeds, enjoyed raw as much as possible is a great start.  Here are a few ways to eat your way to better health.  Make it cleaner and keep yourself stronger throughout the season.  Eating refined fats, sugars and other processed foods can actually have a negative impact on your immune function – so pass on that second slice of pie.

Good stuff in means you’re not on the sidelines for the holiday festivities.  Enjoy!

Vitamin C

Why? Vitamin C strengthens your immune system by stimulating antibodies and cells in the immune system.

How do I get it?  Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, including red & green sweet peppers, kiwi, oranges, grapefruits, strawberries, papaya, mango, guava, pineapple and berries.

Vitamin E

Why? Vitamin E strengthens the immune system because of its antioxidant properties.

How do I get it?  Vitamin E rich foods include sunflower seeds, almonds, hazelnuts, sunflower oil, safflower oil, corn oil, wheat germ oil and pine nuts.

Carotenoids

Why?  They give carrots, apricots and sweet potatoes their orangish hue and are also powerful antioxidants

How do I get them?  Foods rich in carotenoids include carrots, apricots, mangoes, squash, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, collard greens, tomatoes, guava, and pink grapefruit.

Bioflavenoids

Why?  They have super antioxidant powers and also support the performance of vitamin C.

How do I get them?  Bioflavenoid rich foods include peppers, grapes, onions, garlic, berries, green and white herbal tea and buckwheat.

Echinacea

Why? Phenol compounds in Echinacea are natural immunity boosters.

How do I get it?  Echinacea can be taken in supplement form (we like the liquid) of 300 milligrams, three times per day, at the first sign of a weakened immunity function.  Popular recommendations are not to take Echinacea for more than 10 consecutive days.

Probiotics

Why? Many naturopathic doctors believe that the health of your immune system and your ability to fight off infection is determined by the health of your digestive system.

How do I get them?  Populating your digestive system with good bacteria found in yogurt and a number of other cultured foods such as kefir and sauerkraut will boost immunity.

Eat Cleaner All Natural Food Wash + Wipes contain Citric Acid, naturally occurring in most fruit and vegetables, and are a great way to help fight virus.  Carry the wipes with you when you’re on the road and use them to clean your food, hands and utensils.
Nutrition Sources:  Prevention, Healthy Living

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