Food is fuel for our bodies. If we don’t have proper nutrients, the body is put in a state of vulnerability. We will survive on low quality food but we won’t be able to perform at our best and we most certainly won’t have the means to fight off disease.
Joel Fuhrman, M.D. is a nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. In a recent article in the Epoch Times, Dr. Fuhrman covers the most popular ingredients to incorporate in our diets for maximum resistance against viruses and other disease. Eating healthy means not having to worry about the extreme dangers of cold and flu. Good nutritional practices reduce the body’s vulnerability to infections as well and the length and severity of the illness if contracted.
The following ingredients provide quality micronutrients and phytochemicals to boost the immune system.
1. Berries: Powerful anticancer foods as well as protecting against viruses. Berries contain antioxidants called flavonoids. Certain berries and grapes contain resveratrol (think red wine) both flavonoids and reseratrol have strong antiviral effects by blocking the replication of viruses. Other berries, as well as pomegranates (great for this time of year!), are rich in ellagic acid, a compound shown to block cancer cell growth.
2. Green Leafy Vegetables: Kale, collards, and other bright greens as well as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower contain glucosinolates which convert to an anticancer compound upon chopping and chewing. They are most effective when eaten raw. When cooking, leave some raw vegetables to the side, chop very small then add them to the dish after cooking to boost the disease fighting nutrition in the meal.
3. Onions and Garlic: Cancer prevention and immune defenses are these phytochemical, virus killing claims to fame. Once again, best eaten raw so add a little uncooked ingredients to the cooked dish.
4. Mushrooms: Not only exotic mushrooms activate the body’s immune defense system but simple button mushrooms as well. The immune defenses are reinforced in the mucosal linings (mouth and respiratory tract) by the mushrooms ability to activate the body’s natural defenses. Mushrooms should be cooked due to a compound called agaritine which may be harmful.
5. Supplements: Even with the most diverse diets, it may be difficult to maintain adequate quantities of micronutrients in our system. Supplements such as Vitamin D (especially if living in the North East) and zinc are most important to supplement in the winter months. These both boost the immune function.
Avoid colds and flu this year. Get enough sleep, keep your hands away from your face and most importantly, eat a nutritious diet to provide your body with the appropriate fuel to function at its best.
Mushroom Stew: Keep warm and healthy with this local recipe (A Taste of Utica, NY)
• (2) 15 oz Can butter beans
• Olive oil – enough to cover bottom of a sauté pan
• Mixed mushrooms: 4 oz Crimini, 4 oz Button, 3 oz Portobello
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 onion, diced
• 1 green pepper, diced
• 1 cubanelle pepper, chopped
• 1 stalk chopped celery
• 2 hot cherry peppers, seeded
• 1 28 oz Can Plum Tomatoes: squeeze to crush when adding to pot
• 3 oz tomato paste
• 8 oz tomato sauce
• 1 tsp salt
• about 12 grinds of fresh pepper.
Lace the pan with olive oil and heat on medium heat. Saute the onions, peppers, celery for about 8 minutes over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and garlic and continue to sauté until brown, about 8 more minutes. Add tomatoes, sauce, paste, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer then add the beans. Stir until blended. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve with real Italian hard crust water bread. Enjoy!
What did you gain from this article? You should have noted that skipping meals and eating a low quality foods will make you vulnerable to not only illness but the inability to be the best you can be.
What do you do to stay healthy?