Creates a barrier to prevent entry of infection – the SKIN is a very effective barrier if kept in good condition
Tries to detect & eliminate micro-organisms before they are able to set up home & reproduce
Is responsible for eliminating micro-organisms that do manage to multiply
Is spread throughout the body but around 70% of the cells of the immune system is believed to be in the gut lining
There are many natural ways to support your immune system but one of the most powerful is using Food as Medicine. I will write about other ways in future blogs.
Here are my top tip foods for immunity:
Contains probiotics which help maintain the balance of good bacteria in the gut
Choose organic yoghurt with live cultures (especially lactobaccilus) if possible
Avoid low fat (often high in sugar or artificial sweetener)
Avoid yoghurt type drinks advertised as containing probiotics (high sugar)
KOMBUCHA (a fermented tea) is another source of probiotics
OATS & BARLEY
type of fibre shown to have antimicrobial & antioxidant properties that may help prevent illnesses
speeds wound healing
may improve efficiency of antibiotics
activate killer cells that fight bacteria & viruses
may also reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol
helps balance the immune system to maintain proper function
may enhance the protective functions of the immune system
has anti-inflammatory properties that may assist with inflamed airways & sore joints
may help eliminate congestion
has anti-microbial properties
has antioxidant properties that help to prevent damage to cells by free radicals which can cause disease
research has shown that ginger helps activate T-cells which destroy cells infected with viruses
contains allicin which helps fight infections (bacteria & viruses)
may help prevent infection
may reduce the severity of cold & flu symptoms as well as shorten the length of time illness lasts
Selenium – helps produce white blood cells which fight infection
Omega 3 – anti-inflammatory to reduce swelling in airways & joints
Zinc – critical for maintenance of the gut lining, mucous membranes & the skin
When chicken is cooked, cysteine is released – similar effect to cough medicine, thins mucous making it easier for the body to expel (germs are expelled in the mucous)
Add garlic & onions (for allicin), turmeric (anti-inflammatory) & vegetables for a boost of vitamins & minerals
raw honey is best as processing (particularly heat) can wipe out the therapeutic benefits
helps raise the level of antioxidants which fight disease producing free radicals
contains phytonutrients that have anti-bacterial & anti-viral properties
particularly soothing for sore throats - mix with lemon for a boost of Vitamin C
Contain high levels of zinc – critical for white cell production, cut lining, mucous membranes & skin
Vitamin A – maintenance of the skin (our biggest protective organ to stop bugs getting in) & mucous membranes
Increase production of white blood cells & make them more aggressive in doing their job
high in antioxidants
GREEN TEA & CHAMOMILE
Contains L-Theanine which may reduce the risk of contracting a cold
Green tea is high in antioxidants
ANTIOXIDANT RICH FOODS
including berries, walnuts, pecans & broccoli
may reduce aches & pains caused by inflammation
may reduce the duration of colds/flu
naturally increases the production of cells that fight infection
Here is a delicious way to include a few of these bug busting foods in one sitting. Often our appetite can be lowered if we are feeling unwell so a good way to get some goodness into you is by drinking a smoothie & it's quick & easy to make so you can get back under your blanket on the couch.
Including these foods in your diet regularly will help support you immune system to help reduce the likelihood of becoming sick but if you do fall ill then use them to help fight the infection.
Pam Bailey helps women feel good about themselves every day.
She is a Conscious Eating Coach, Essential Oils Expert, Nutritionist, Life Coach & Heal Your Life Workshop Facilitator.
She has a particular passion for concerns around body image & unwanted eating habits along with stress management. She is also a Global Ambassador for the Body Image Movement.
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