We all moan and groan when we find out we are coming down with an illness. We all spend quite a lot of time working hard to avoid coming down with a cold or the flu. If we know a co-worker or a family member is suffering from a runny nose and fever, we will avoid that person as best we can. A lot of places you visit will now have a pump-bottle of hand sanitizer on the counter for visitors to use. I’ve seen this frequently at doctors offices and even grocery stores. Dietary supplements are a billion dollar industry just in the United States alone. We read articles about how to keep ourselves healthy. The problem is that we aren’t always aware of the best superfoods to eat for boosting our immune system so we stay healthy. All we’ve been taught is to eat a healthy diet that is balanced in all the food groups. Here are some of the things you should be eating if you want to have the strongest immune system possible.
Turkey is one of the best things you can eat when you want to keep your immune system strong. I hate to be the bearer of bad new to vegans and vegetarians, but this is a proven fact. The reason turkey is so beneficial is because it contains high levels of glutamine; however, don’t forget to include other healthy, lean meats in your diet also. In order to stay healthy, and do their job properly, your white blood cells highly depend on glutamine. Do you want to have a healthy body and immune system? If you answered yes to that question, you will be happy to know that eating turkey increases your T cell count, which is an important factor.
Kale is great for your immune system, but it should be eaten raw. The best form of Vitamin C available is found in raw kale. It’s also low in sugar and high in fiber – both advantageous to your health. Cooking kale diminishes the amount of Vitamin C that is available for your body, so it’s much wiser to eat raw kale.
Heat is the enemy of Vitamin C and causes it to break down. So, you can see that when you make a crudites tray include raw kale to nibble on, along with other healthy raw veggies. If you will add raw kale to your diet once each week, you will be giving your immune system a great Vitamin C boost.
A stronger immune system is one of the top benefits you will derive when you include the superfood salmon in your diet. Salmon is full of protein and the omega-3 fatty acids that your body needs for optimum health. Your muscles need protein in order to grow and stay strong so they can fight diseases that invade your body. The omega-3 fatty acids keep the omega-6 fatty acids in check, thereby protecting your body from bacteria and germs that can cause illness. It’s a good idea to have a meal that contains salmon at least two times each week. It’s best if you can eat salmon three times a week, but you might find it difficult to include it in your meal plan that often. Try having it for lunch sometimes or, if you truly cannot manage three meals of salmon, stick to twice per week. We all want to be as healthy as possible. It’s no secret that in order to maintain – or recover – our health, we need to get adequate exercise, drink sufficient quantities of water, and eat a variety of healthy, nutritious foods.
Those are good ideas, but somewhat vague as to what foods we should include in our healthy diet. When food is designated as a “superfood” it means that it contains important nutrients that have the ability to strengthen your immune system and improve your overall health and well-being In this article we have talked about a few of the superfoods that you should work into your diet. There are many superfoods and we’ve only discussed a few in this report. To learn more, do a search online or buy one of the many excellent books on superfoods.