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.
• 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.