Sunday, January 1, 2012

Top 10 Immune Boosting Foods

Ripe Juicy Elderberries....

What you eat has a huge impact on how well your immune system is able to function. Eating whole, nutrient-dense foods offers your body the building blocks it needs for optimal immunity—and optimal health—in any season.

. Garlic—antimicrobial and stimulates the immune system

. Fish oil—omega-3’s increase phagocytic activity and strengthen cell membranes

. Leafy greens—high in B vitamins, minerals, and beta-carotene

. Berries—packed with antioxidants to deal with the aftermath of immune battles

. Citrus—high in vitamin C and other bioflavonoids

. Chicken Soup—delicious, digestible, and familiar; it’s also nutrient-rich

. Ginger—antioxidant, antimicrobial, and warming to fend off colds

. Elderberry—loaded with antioxidants and helps your cells hide from viruses

. Carrots, winter squash, sweet potatoes—packed with beta-carotene and other phytonutrients

. Mushrooms—high in immune-boosting polysaccharides

Besides keeping yourself well-nourished, get outside for sunshine and a walk every day, allow for plenty of rest, and spend some time in good company—all activities that will support excellent immunity.

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