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4 Foods to Eat Every Day for a Strong Immune System

"You are what you eat" has been a common phrase that we hear throughout the health industry, and it's no surprise anymore that diet plays a huge role in how we feel every day.  But with so much conflicting information out there, how do we know what specifically we should be eating for optimal health? And let's face it, regardless of what your true health goals really are (losing weight, balancing hormones, managing diabetes, having more energy, reducing bloating, etc) it all boils down to the same goal: our bodies working in peak condition and having optimal health.

 

Part of that 'peak condition' includes having a strong immune system that is armed and prepared to ward off infections, bacteria, viruses, and toxins, with minimal interruption to your day-to-day.

 

Knowing that there are foods that weaken our immune system and reducing them from our daily diet is a great place to start! You know, things like refined sugars, soda drinks, processed foods, and dairy products that harm our gut system.

 

But, what about foods that can actually promote a stronger immune system? Foods that can help you get closer to that goal of 'peak condition' so that instead of always chasing your tail of achieving good health, you're just maintaining that amazing health you've worked so hard to get to!

 

Here are 4 foods that you can eat every day for a strong immune system!

 

1. Dark, leafy green vegetables

Green vegetables are the source of protein; chlorophyll; many essential minerals like magnesium, iron, calcium and potassium; vitamins C, K, E, and many of the B vitamins; and are loaded with antioxidants.  These nutrients make leafy greens incredible at detoxification, blood purification, and boosting immunity. Try to add as many green vegetables to your daily diet as possible. 

The major benefit that green veggies provide is the chlorophyll present in them. Chlorophyll is a very important protein compound that acts as a cell stimulator, rejuvenator, cleanser, internal healer, antiseptic, and much more. Studies have proven that chlorophyll is converted into hemoglobin by our body, thereby enriching the blood.

The power of sunshine in chlorophyll is wonderfully cleansing in the body. The greener the leaves, the more concentrated the amount of chlorophyll.

There are numerous health benefits that come from the consumption of chlorophyll. 

If taken regularly in sufficient amounts, here are some of the remedial effects of this powerful substance:

If you're like me, it can be difficult to eat a lot of green every single day - sometimes you just don't want any!  This is my favourite way to bridge the gap and provide an easy dose of greens every day with minimal effort! Check it out here!

 

2. Adaptogenic mushrooms

Mushroom teas are the new superfood that helps improve the immune system. They can be used as dried mushrooms, whole or in powdered form, and brewed in hot water. There is nothing new in using mushrooms to improve health; they have been used to promote health and vitality for thousands of years in Eastern cultures, Russia, North America, and Canada. Here are some healthy mushroom drinks that promote good health and boost the immune system. These include Reishi and Chaga mushroom teas.

It is essential to maintain a healthy immune system in order to maintain a healthy body. Mushrooms, also known as "medicinal mushrooms", are "adaptogens.” Adaptogens are immune modulators because they are the only plants that have the ability to balance the immune system and improve health. However, these mushrooms have low bioavailability unless they undergo a hot water extraction process. In simple words, we are not able to absorb mushrooms' nutrients as the fungi lock their immune-activating beta-glucans and polysaccharides in chitin cell walls, which are indigestible to humans. Mushrooms are brewed into the tea to facilitate this extraction. When choosing your mushroom tea, look for organic mushrooms; cultivated mushrooms have a tendency to absorb pesticides and heavy metals from the environment.

Reishi

Reishi is known as the "Queen Healer" and the mushroom of immortality in Chinese medicine. It is the most famous of all the healing mushrooms and is a true adaptogen. It is believed to promote calmness and centeredness.

There are six types of reishi, among which red reishi is the most potent. The mushroom has a distinct bitter flavor due to a large number of triterpenes present in it, compounds that contain antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Reishi is famous for its anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. It fights toxins, improves circulation, lowers cholesterol, lowers blood pressure and blood sugar, and more. Unlike other mushrooms, reishi can grow on both dead and living trees.

Chaga

Chaga is also known as the “King of Plants” because it contains beta-glucans, compounds that help the body fight diseases. It is often consumed to alleviate upset stomachs, hunger, fatigue, and to increase energy. Chaga can both quiet and activate the immune system and encourages internal balance. An over-active immune system tends to create skin disorders, allergies, asthma, and autoimmune disorders, so it is important to calm it down.  Chaga helps to eliminate toxins, has anti-viral abilities, stimulates the central nervous system, and has a high level of antioxidants. Wild Chaga is found on trees that are at least 40 years old, and it takes between three to five years for the fungus to reach maturity before harvesting. Chaga quality and potency depend upon the conditions in which it grew. The best Chaga grows in harsh climates. My favourite Chaga can be found here on Amazon!

 

3. Berries

High in Vitamin C and antioxidants, consume berries like blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, strawberries, and elderberries. Vitamin C is an essential micronutrient that supports various cellular functions of our immune system. A lack of vitamin C can make you more prone to getting sick.

Antioxidants are powerful compounds in our foods that keep our immune systems working strong. Many natural cellular processes in our bodies create waste, some of which form free radicals. If these highly reactive substances aren't neutralized, they can cause damage to our bodies which can lead to inflammation. 

Unfortunately, certain berries also contain a lot of pesticides and toxins, so be sure to buy organic, wash them well, and eat the Berries blend Juice Plus capsules to top you up! 

 

4. Nut & Seeds

Nuts and seeds contain high levels of crucial minerals like zinc, selenium, and vitamin E. Zinc is an essential mineral critical for immune function. Even a mild to moderate zinc deficiency can impair immune function and increase the risk of respiratory infectionsSelenium is an essential mineral that is required for the function of almost every arm of the immune system. While Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps the body fight off infection. Diets high in vitamin E improve cellular immunity by protecting against cell damage. 

 

So there you have it! Four foods you can be eating daily to boost your immune system!