WHAT TO EAT FOR A HEALTHY IM­MUNE SYS­TEM

Be­low are the dif­fer­ent types of food and other healthy op­tions im­por­tant in main­tain­ing im­mu­nity to dis­eases, ac­cord­ing to peo­ple who know best.

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• LIQ­UIDS SUCH AS WA­TER AND TEA: We’re all fa­mil­iar with wa­ter ther­apy and juices as healthy sources, right? So­phie Pachella, life­style and weight man­age­ment con­sul­tant stresses on the im­por­tance of wa­ter and green tea apart from fruit and veg­etable juices. Wa­ter does help in ton­ing the mus­cles and get­ting rid of tox­ins, while green tea is also packed with an­tiox­i­dants and speeds up me­tab­o­lism as well. Black, oo­long and pekoe teas are also good they best work for bac­te­rial in­fec­tions. • GLUTEN-FREE AND CASSEIN-FREE FOODS: These are highly-pre­scribed es­pe­cially for peo­ple suf­fer­ing from autism who need im­mune sys­tem boost­ers. • AP­PLE, OATS AND OTHER FIBER-RICH FOODS: Re­cent stud­ies done by the Univer­sity of Illi­nois show that foods like ap­ple and oats con­tain­ing sol­u­ble fiber, as blogged by in­te­gra­tive medicine spe­cial­ist Andrew Weil, M.D., can boost the im­mune sys­tem by re­new­ing cells with an in­creased pro­duc­tion of in­ter­leukin 4, a kind of pro­tein that is of the anti-in­flam­ma­tory kind. Other fiber-rich foods that Dr. Weil cited as ex­am­ples in his blog are cit­rus fruits, rice bran, beans, peas, bar­ley and straw­ber­ries. • VI­TA­MIN C ED­I­BLES: Of course, who would not know about Vi­ta­min C, right? Dr. Weil added that Vi­ta­min C is es­sen­tial in cell pro­tec­tion and in re­pair­ing dam­aged tis­sues, so eat a lot of broc­coli, can­taloupe, kiwi, or­anges, pep­pers, pineap­ple, pink grape­fruit and straw­ber­ries. • 1,000 UNITS OF VI­TA­MIN D A DAY: Dr. Mehmet Oz says you can get these eas­ily from sun­shine, as long as it’s that time of day that the sun does not burn the skin and cause skin cancer. The stan­dard Philip­pine time to avoid the sun’s harm­ful rays is be­tween 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. You can also get Vi­ta­min D from fish such as salmon, mack­erel, tuna, her­ring (com­monly used for sushi) and sar­dines, egg, yo­gurt, chest­nuts, and ce­re­als. • OR­GANIC YO­GURT AND OTHER FOODS WITH PRO­BI­OTICS: Dr. Josh Coen D.C. of Chi­ro­prac­tic Well­ness Cen­ter of In­di­ana de­scribes pro­bi­otic foods as foods that cleanse the di­ges­tive sys­tem to get rid of the junk that weak­ens the im­mune sys­tem. • OMEGA 3 FOODS: Dr. Coen spec­i­fied fish and fish oils as pri­mary sources of Omega 3 that helps not only the heart but like­wise the im­mune sys­tem.

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