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Mom, desperately trying to get the health thing right! I started this blog so that I can pass along all the great things that I learn everyday on damage control for our wonderful bodies. It is tough to keep up sometimes with all the things going on in our daily lives so hopefully some of the helpful hints that I provide can make your life easier and healthier. I welcome your comments and tips as well! I am a vegetarian, animal rights advocate and avid animal rescuer.
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2009-05-31

MMMMM-What Do These Delicious Foods Have In Common? The Boost Your Immunity!

AS you read this I am not in Kansas City but rather out of town on a mystery trip!! Hmmmmm…..I wonder where I could have gone? Such a mystery (lol)-really just off with some old girlfriends having a couple days to reminisce about the good ol’ days and have fun in the present. While I am off jaunting through the country I thought I would leave you with some great foods to help you boost your immunity. I found this from the celebrity nutritionist Christine Avanti on Yahoo and thought how easy these would be to incorporate into your diet if they are already not in your diet. I

Immune strength is highly related to food intake you know so here are a few of the best foods to help protect ourselves from illness.

Green Tea-Where do I begin? I love green tea and can never seem to have enough of it-if I were a drink I would want to be green tea (okay maybe a diet Pepsi but that is not healthy so therefore exempt, right?). Green tea is a rich source of a type of antioxidant known as a catechin. The catechin in green tea called Epigallo Catechin Gallate (EGCG) has been shown to increase a specific type of immune cell. EGCG in green tea has been shown to slow the spread of flu virus in multiple studies. Another healthy component of green tea is L-theanine, which is thought to improve immune response, according to a study done at Harvard.

Carrots-Who doesn’t love to crunch on delicious carrots? Carrots are a rich source of beta-carotene which is a powerful immune booster that actually strengthens defenses against both bacterial and viral infections. Studies show that the more beta-carotene consumed, the greater the increase in protective immune cells, including those natural killer cells. Mangoes, papaya, oranges, melons and green leafy vegetables are also great sources of beta-carotene.

MMMMMMM-Mushrooms-White button mushrooms, which represent 90% of the mushrooms consumed in the U.S., enhances natural killer cells therefore promoting immunity. I love mushrooms sautéed as well as in a delicious salad-load up!

Blackberries, Blueberries, Pom Juice-Some of the best superfoods out there chocked full of immune-boosting antioxidants. Antioxidants protect and repair cells damaged by free radicals, making you better able to ward off infections and flu. Make sure the Pomegranate juice you choose is not full of juice fillers and sugar and to eat your berries raw and fresh rather than cooked.

Yogurt-When consumed, probiotics, the good live bacteria in yogurt and other bacteria fortified products, go to the digestive tract-the place where 70%-80% of our immune cells reside. When germs enter through the mouth they will be warded off when the good and healthful bacteria are encountered. On this note I would also like to say a plain organic yogurt (not loaded with sugar) topped with delicious berries is one of my favorite and highly recommended treats.

See how easy this is!! Hopefully you will have less flu’s and colds after incorporating these delicious and nutritious foods!!!

Bon Voyage!

16 comments:

Swubird said...
Heidi:

Good advice. I can't stand mushrooms, but I can eat a ton of carrots.

Have a nice trip. It's good to get away and just recharge the batteries.

Happy trails.
Sicilian said...
I didn't realize that those yummy mushrooms had so much benefits.
Enjoy your girl weekend.
Ciao
BeadedTail said...
Wonderful news about all those foods since I like them all! Finally a list that I can easily comply with! Enjoy your vacation!
foongpc said...
Hi Heidi! Enjoy your trip! : )

Ooh, I like green tea, carrots, mushrooms, blackberries, blueberries and yogurt! No problem eating these healthy food! Yippee! : )
jacqueline said...
Heidi,

Once again, you've loaded us up with some wonderful info. You deserve some time off. :-)
betchai said...
all good foods, and yummy, so nice to know their benefits. hope you have a good trip, and have fun.
We really need to boost our immunity specialy this days becasue of a widespread virus, trying this foods will really help our immunity, thanks for sharing this. I recently post the health benefits of carrots feel free to visit and read it. Take care Godbless
iWalk said...
Haha, Great, all of these are my favorite!

The next thing is, We need eat more. :P
gLoR!e said...
i love those but i seldom eat them,pity! have a safe and fun trip!:)
Beth said...
I love these foods.. we always have a stock of these foods.

And yes Green tea, it's actually my ritual now to drink hot green tea 3 minutes before I go to bed :)

Have a great day Heidi!
Fortunately I like all of those foods, I wonder if a pom martini would count as an immunity booster... BTW, I thought something was up with your comments but realized that I only had issues commenting while on Firefox but not IE. Hope you are enjoying your trip! :)
Tammy said...
I like all of them, but the green tea.
Soge shirts said...
Sweet I've been eating a lot of these foods lately especially the blueberries,blackberries, and carrots. You're next green tea!
jack said...
I love these foods. I just add lemon to green tea so it'll taste more with gusto. Thanks for the great post.
Auto 1 said...
i need to drink more green tea... great read thanks for the health tips..
Nissan 4x4 said...
Great list of foods there absoloutly... where i am from we can't get blue berries all year round but when they are in season mmm mmmm it's berry time.. cool blog by the way

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