Is a strong healthy immune system a thing of the past. Are you eating the right immune foods or following the ‘afluenza’ lifestyle? Eating out and eating the wrong foods
Eating the right food for a Healthy Immune System?
You should be asking if a strong healthy immune system a thing of the past? You know there was a time when the experts in medical science worried about influenza. Today the focus seems to have shifted to affluenza.
Lifestyle choices and modern diseases seem to be adversley affecting our healthy immune systems and shortening our lives. They seem to be reducing our final years with our children and families and the modern mantra appears to be, get rich quick, buy cars, acquire houses and eat out at all costs.
By chasing this unhealthy lifestyle what we get in return is appalling.
- We reduce the robustness of our healthy immune system and suffer from obesity, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, respiratory problems and cancers.
- We miss the fact that despite progress in medical science there are no sure cures for a very small number of modern ailments.
- On top of all this there is an extraordinary level of reliance on antibiotics as patients and doctors focus on earning the next buck rather than natural care of our internal systems using natural herbal antibiotics which treat these ailments and boost your body’s response to illness.
Aside from the visible physical problems, a prolonged illness can wreck your mental health and also negatively affect your immune system health. Chronic illness can hinder the body’s capacity to self-heal.
A healthy immune system is a relatively new area of study for medical experts and little is known about its mechanisms and the cause of dysfunction. However, it has been established that certain factors affect immune system health. The way we eat and what we eat is one of them.
Your immune system, is primarily responsible for recognizing foreign substances like bacteria and toxins and must be healthy and in good shape to perform its function of destroying this foreign material.
A weak immune system is an invitation to disease in two ways.
- It is incapable of fighting infections and makes you susceptible to contracting diseases more often.
- It loses its capacity to recognize foreign invaders and starts destroying the body’s
own normal cells, causing autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes.
Food has been the most prominent of all causalities behind the gradual decline of traditional family eating patterns and practices.
We may be eating more calories but we are obtaining them from poor sources, eating
inferior qualiy fat (trans-fats), more sugar, refined carbohydrates, more meat, chemicals
This type of diet can adversely affect your body’s capacity to self-heal.
Build a Healthy Immune System by Eating Healthy Food. Not By Popping Pills
Instead of multi-vitamins and dietary supplements that you add to your food, try to eat foods that help maintain a healthy immune system.
Crabmeat, lobsters and oysters are rich in all three nutrients – calcium, magnesium and Vitamin C. Salmon is rich in minerals and vitamins and contains substantial Omega 3 fatty acids.
Omega 3 fatty acids are good for arthritis and heart disease and also aid immune system function. Other healthy sources of Vitamin C are broccoli, tomatoes, peaches and guava.
Selenium is a trace mineral that is essential for immune system health. You won’t normally find it in multi-vitamin supplements. Chicken and broccoli are healthy sources of selenium. Home made Chicken soup is a traditional favorite, which can be combined with rice or noodles to make a healthy, filling Chicken and Rice or Chicken Noodle soup.
A case also exists for the use of herbs for immune system health These are herbs that our ancestors used to maintain health and vitality.
Not only homegrown herbs but herbs used in traditional Chinese, Japanese and Indian medicines can help sustain a healthy immune system. These herbs are still an integral part of traditional therapies and the mainstay of homoeopathy.
Vitamin C in combination with magnesium and calcium resists infections.
If you suffer from heartburn, acid reflux or indigestion, citrus fruits may have to be avoided. They are not advisable as they are highly acidic.
Different types of edible mushrooms increase the production of white blood cells, which are essential for effectively combating disease.