Foods That Heal
Super Immune System Booster - For thousands of years, garlic has been used
as both a food, and as a medicinal herb, and with good reason. Garlic
contains an amino acid called "alliin". This acts as an antibacterial and
Eaten regularly, garlic is said to help prevent heart desease, lower blood
cholesterol, wash out fats, and increse the protective HDL's (high-density
lipoproteins) while decreasing the heart damaging LDL's (low-density
Garlic is also able to inhibit clot formation, which in turn reduces the
risk of heart attack and stroke.
Garlic has been used for treating high blood pressure, and has been made
note of in several studies regarding anticancer activity.
It has also been shown that garlic may slow or stop the growth of various
fungi and molds, including:
Candida albicans, a yeast that causes vaginitis and a wide variety of health
Histoplasma capsulatum, a fungus carried by dust, which causes a disease
similar to tuberculosis
One of the most exciting effects of garlic is its ability to detoxify the
body, which in turn, further boosts the immune system.
This may be surprising, but another wonderfood which is far too often
Immunologists have found that the onion is an anti-thrombotic known to
inhibit blood clots and also acts as a serious stimulant for weak heart
muscles in cardiovascular ailments.
The onion bulb develops a substance of sulfuric acid known as "alliin".
The onion is also a source of "quercetin" which is an anti-cancer substance
that fights bacterial invasion.
DID YOU KNOW?
The average person hosts up to FIVE POUNDS of bacteria in the colon! The
quercetin in onions and other yellow vegetables helps to regulate and
eliminate the danger this poses to your health and immune system.
Include several garlic cloves together with several small onions in your
daily diet. They add flavor to salads, sauces, salsa, and entrees. To combat
the effects of odor on your breath, chew raw carrot sticks after your meal,
or chew peppermint leaves that you grow in your herb garden, or in a pot on
your kitchen window.
Out-of-Shape Immune Systems
We all know the signs that prove that our bodies are "out of shape". Our
body fat increases, we tire more easily, walking short distances can tire us
or cause us to be short of breath, and we usually find it hard to become
motivated to make changes. We get depressed more easily, we don't eat right,
and we don't care about exercise. What does this have to do with our immune
system? ...just about everything...
When the immune system is "out of shape", we feel fatigued, we lose the
fight against depression, our hearing and eyesight begins to fail, we have
muscle aches, digestion problems, find it hard to get restful sleep, and
have no energy for even the most mundane of things. Just as we have to keep
our bodies healthy, we have to do the things that will keep our immune
* - Improve the diet
* - Get more sleep
* - Get the right kind of exercise in the right amounts
* - Improve the attitudes that dicate how we handle stress
9 Essential Immune Boosting Nutrients
Vitimin A and Beta-Carotene
Found in most fruits and vegetables, especially yellow - carrots, cantaloupe
yams (sweet potatoes)
Protects against tumor growth and cancerous disorders
Boosts white blood cells that detoxify your system
Whole grains, potatoes, nuts, lean meats, poultry, dark leafy vegetables
Helps to distribute the needed amino acids that build and repair the
cellular walls of your immune system to resist infectious diseases
Found in legumes, salmon, dark leafy vegetables, eggs and liver (eggs and
liver are high in cholesterol - consume in moderation)
Essential in the formation of cells, especially red blood cells
Citrus fruits, tomatoes, cabbage, and other raw leafy vegetables,
strawberries, melons, kiwi (excellent source in small package - 2 kiwi
provide a day's RDA of Vitamin C)
Essential to the healing of wounds, formation and maintenace of the
capillary walls, guards against infection by stimulating white blood cells
Wheat germ, whole grains, vegetabel oils, cereals
Strengthens the immune system at several levels. Prevents damage to cells,
stimulates white blood cells. Effective and lifesaving antioxidant
Seafoods, lean meats, poultry, eggs, whole grains, and garlic
Guards clees against damage, builds resistance to tissue breakdown and
counteracts the effects of toxic byproducts
Whole grains, oats, seafood, eggs, meat and poultry
Boosts energy levels, is a helper in many immune functions, needed for
insulin to work and for carbohydrates to metabolize
Liver, green leafy vegetables, raisins, whole grain breads and cereals,
prune juice, wheat bran, and brewer's yeast
Oxygen carrying element of the blood, and an essential part of every cell.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Seafoods, trout, mackerel, and salmon
Valuable in increasing the activity of the white blood cells and are
important in the cleansing and detoxification of your system