Boost Your Immune System


5 Foods that Can Help You Save on Doctor Bills

By Brandi Savitt — originally published January 11, 2010

Boost Your Immune System

Most of us at some point were taught that eating well is a crucial element to staying fit and healthy, but these days cooking a nutritious farm fresh meal can cost more than dining out.  In my opinion, when the price of healthy food is more expensive than eating fries, a Big Mac and a giant soda- you know the taste buds and the priorities of a culture should be seriously questioned!

Taking an active role in your own health BEFORE YOU GET SICK is more than important- it’s essential.  Of course the price of eating 100% organic and free range may not always be affordable, but including some inexpensive old school favorites is not only good for you- it’s totally Fab & Fru.  Add these simple and affordable foods to your diet and boost your immune system without busting your grocery budget!

applesApples

An apple a day…really can keep the doctor away!

From reducing your risk of the common cold to heart disease, cancer, stroke and Alzheimer’s, apples are one of nature’s best UNkept secrets!

Packed with vitamins and nutrients, apples are a fantastic source of antioxidants that aid in neutralizing free radicals and help to prevent cell damage. Although they’re not as well known as the orange for high levels of vitamin C, apples contain phenolic acids and flavonoids that have the antioxidant protection equivalent to taking 1500mg of straight vitamin C!

The high flavonoids count in apples helps to lower cholesterol – which in turn reduces the possibility of heart attack and stroke. Apples also have anti-cancer properties. According to a Cornell University research carried out in October 2007, apples reduced the number of cancer cells in the mammary glands of rats.  The research team identified about 10 potent compounds in an apple peel alone that help fight against human liver, colon and breast cancer cells.

Apples are on the dirty dozen list so try to buy organic whenever you can and wash ‘em well to remove any residue!

LemonJuiceLemons

Loaded with Vitamin C and tons of other essential minerals like potassium, adding fresh lemon juice to your daily water intake can help cure ailments from indigestion, nausea and constipation, to mouth and throat infections.  Lemon also helps to lower blood pressure and can even brighten your complexion!

Dilute lemon juice with warm water to create a highly effective anti-bacterial gargle for mouth ulcers and sore throats. Lemon juice added to water also acts as a blood purifier, a natural diuretic and liver tonic that aids in digestion and decreases the amount of phlegm produced by the body.

mushroomsMushrooms

According to Prevention Magazine, all mushrooms, but especially Shitake, Maitake and Reishi mushrooms, contain over 300 compounds that stimulate immunity by helping to escalate the production and function of infection-fighting white blood cells.

The International Journal of Cancer published research in March 2009, suggesting that eating 1/3 ounce of FRESH mushrooms daily could reduce the risk of breast cancer in both pre and post menopausal women.  The evidence showed that mushrooms slowed the body’s production of the cancer feeding hormone estrogen similarly to the way estrogen inhibiting drugs do that are used in the treatment of some breast cancer.

quinoaraw&cookedQuinoa

This recently rediscovered ancient “grain” was once considered “the gold of the Incas”.   High in protein, fiber, iron, zinc, vitamin E, magnesium and selenium, Quinoa is technically not a grain at all but rather the seed of a leafy plant related to spinach and Swiss chard.  This wonder food is so packed with nutrients that adding it regularly to soups, or eating it as a hot breakfast cereal or rice substitute, will not only assist those trying to lose weight, but it has been shown to help migraine sufferers and can significantly lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

According to whfoods.com, quinoa is a complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids.  In addition, quinoa is rich with the amino acid lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair.

It is important to rinse quinoa well before cooking to remove the bitter residue that coats the seeds. Just use cold water and gently rub the seeds together with your hands, then cook it just as if you were cooking other grains like oats or rice.

yogurt_probioticsYogurt

…. So, what’s the difference between LA and yogurt?  Yogurt has an active culture… (Sorry for the dig Los Angeles, but thanks for the joke Robin!)

A study from the University of Vienna in Austria found that eating 6-7 ounces of yogurt a day naturally boosts your immune system and helps to protect from getting the flu and other infections.  The live active cultures (or probiotics) found in yogurt, are healthy bacteria that help keep the stomach and intestinal tract free of disease-causing germs.

The probiotics found in yogurt stimulate infection fighting white blood cells that are your body’s primary means to fight infection caused by viruses, yeasts, and parasites. The cultures found in yogurt also help to build cellular immunity which is critical in preventing the development of cancer. Yogurt also assists in lowering bad cholesterol (HDL) while raising the good (LDL)!

Getting sick is never an affordable option for any of us.  Taking care of yourself now is the best Fab & Fru way to save on medical bills, medications and increase the quality of your life in the long run.  You may not be able to avoid every cold or serious disease, but if incorporating good food into your diet now will help- what are you waiting for?!

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2 Responses to “Boost Your Immune System”

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  2. these 5 given health foods are on top of my list! i always make sure to get them everyday. Sometimes people overlooked healthy food intake due to their busy schedules but it would be great if we start looking after our diet for a healthier lifestyle and to achieve an optimal health.

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