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Colds and Flu/ Immune Boosting (shopping list)


It may seem like bad news that there aren’t specific foods that target colds and the flu alone. But it’s actually great news! Here is why: All you have to do to protect against a nasty cold or flu is boost your immune system (I know, sounds like a big task, but we’ll break it down), and in doing that you’re also protecting your body against all kinds of infectious invaders.

Let’s start with the foods you most expected to be on this list—those with Vitamin C. I am glad you knew this because Vitamin C helps protect against viral infections. Try these:
Blackcurrant
Strawberry
Guava
Lemon
Orange
Kiwi Fruit
Clementine
Grapefruit
Raspberries
Lychee
Nectarines
Peaches Mangoes
Peppers
Spring Greens
Brussels Sprouts
Broccoli
Curly Kale
Gourd
Cauliflower
Tomato
Green Cabbage
Potatoes

Consider Vitamin E your offense. Vitamin E produces KILLER CELLS that seek out germs and viruses, as well as produces B-Cells that destroy bacteria.
Vitamin E also has been shown to reverse decline of the immune system’s response that occurs in aging. Strengthen your fighter team with these:
Sunflower Seeds
Almonds
Olives
Spinach
Papaya
Swiss Chard
Mustard Greens
Turnips Greens
Collard Greens
Blueberries

The nutrient that does all the behind the scenes work is Beta Carotenoid. This helpful hand produces the “helper” T-cells, which play a big role in how all your cells mediate your immune system. Get it in these foods:
Apricots
Avocado
Blackberries
Cantaloupe
Cherries
Cranberries
Sweet Potato
Pumpkin
Spinach
Mango
Beets
Summer Squash
Acorn Squash
Peaches
Nectarines
Grapes

You can’t hide out under your covers in hopes of staying healthy. When you do need to head out into the world, be sure to get enough bioflavonoids, as these protect your cells against environmental pollutants. Try these:
Blueberries
Raspberries
Cranberries
Blackberries
Cherries
Red Grapes
Bananas
Grapefruit
Lemons
Limes
Oranges
Apples
Pears
Plums
Peaches
Apricots
Black Beans
Kidney Beans
Fava Beans
Pinto Beans
Walnuts
Pecans
Soybeans
Peppers
Tomatoes
Eggplant
Celery
Artichoke
Snap Peas
Okra
Broccoli
Dill
Parsley
Thyme
Capers

And lastly (but surely not least as these guys have been getting positive press all over) we get Omegga-3’s. These fatty friends boost the activity of your white blood cells that attack bacteria. Find it in these:
Walnuts
Flaxseeds
Salmon
Sardines
Soybeans
Halibut
Shrimp
Tofu
Snapper
Scallops

 

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