more healing foods

along the same lines as yesterday’s post on fall foods that can alleviate seasonal allergy symptoms, i found some foods on the web that not only taste great but are shown to boost your immune system

boosted immune systems = less colds and flus and feeling like garbage
who want to feel crummy when there are holiday parties to attend, pumpkins and apples to pick, presents to shop for?!

try adding some of these foods to your diet this season for a great immunity BOOST:

Brazil Nuts
contain lots of selenium, which boosts production of T-cells production, a type of white blood cell that fights infection (ie destroy bacteria and viruses)

Chicken Soup
blocks the migration of inflammatory white cells
contains the amino acid cysteine, which is released from chicken during cooking
the salty broth keeps mucus thin

Fish
also contains selenium
rich in omega-3 fats, which reduce inflammation

Kiwis
contain high levels of vitamin C, which helps increase your resistance to disease and keeps your defenses strong

Garlic
contains the active ingredient allicin, which fights infection and bacteria
contains polysufides (a class of sulfur compounds) which combat bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses

Oats and Barley
contain beta-glucan, a type of fiber with antimicrobial and antioxidant capabilities more potent than echinacea

Oysters
high in protein, iron, calcium, and zinc

Shiitake Mushrooms
contains beta-glucans which boost your body’s immune response

Sunflower Seeds
contain lots of vitamin E, which also boosts production of T-cells

Sweet Potatoes
contains beta-carotene – an necessary antioxidant especially for your lungs and digestive system, which your body converts to vitamin A, that protects the thymus gland (where T-cells are produces)

Tea
contains the amino acid L-theanine

Yogurt
contains probiotics which are healthy bacteria that keep the gut and intestinal tract free of disease-causing germs

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