October is Flu Season Month! Nourishing Your Immune System…
The immune system protects the body from illness, infection, and disease. This complex system uses different body tissues and chemical reactions to defend our bodies from harmful invades like bacteria, viruses, microbes, free radicals, and parasites.
The Components of the Immune System: The Lymphatic system plays a large tole in the immune function. The Lymph Vessel circulate and drain body fluid known as lymph to and from our organs. Lymph transports nutrients to the organs and removes any excess substances from them.
The Lymph also contains white blood cells-the soldiers of our body that kill a wide range of harmful invaders. White blood cells are manufactured in the thymus and one bone marrow, then release into the lymph and circulated through the lymph vessels to their destination.
Risk Factors for the Immune System:
Diet and lifestyle plays a huge role in our immune system’s ability to keep our body functioning at it best. Unhealthy habits significantly increase the numbers of harmful chemical compounds our body takes in.
- Processes food
- Paint fumes
- Exhaust fumes and other gasses and pollutants in the air.
Free radicals destabilize healthy atoms in the body, causing cell damage that may eventually lead to illness and disease. Basically, the more free radicals we take in, the harder it becomes for our immune system to keep us healthy.
- The immune system is closely linked to cancer, (source: The second leading death in the US CDC, 2011)
- Estimated 23.5 Million Americans suffer from autoimmune disease, and incidences are on the rise (source: US Dept. of Health & Human Services 2010)
- Approximately 1 in 2 males and 1 in 3 females will contract cancer over the course of their lifetime. (source: American Cancer Society,2011)
- Over 40 diseases have been classified as having autoimmune roots; these diseases can be both chronic and deadly. (source: National Institute of Allergy& Infectious diseases, 2004)
Preventing Immune System issues:
- Living a healthy lifestyle is the KEY to maintaining a powerful immune system.
- Keep your free radical’s intake low
- Avoid processed foods
- Fatty meats
- Quit smoking
- Avoid stress (Stress can weaken your immune system)
Foods that boost Your Immune System:
- Carrots, bell peppers, dark leafy greens (high level of Vitamin A)
- Sunflower seed, almonds (both high in vitamins E- fat soluble that serve as powerful antioxidants.)
- Papaya, strawberries, citrus, broccoli (high in Vitamin C)
- Spelt, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, oats (All of these food contain Zinc – an element that maintains white blood cell levels and help heal wounds.)
- Garlic (known to have antibacterial and antiviral properties, and is also helpful preventing cancers.)
The Zinc Booster… We hope you enjoy!
1 cup Arugula
1 Yellow Pepper
1Cup of Strawberries
¼ cup of pumpkin seeds
1 cup of Spring Water
Blend it all up, and make a smoothie!
We suggest you use a NutriBullet, Health Master, Ninja Super Blender! You may also use a regular blender- just blend a a little longer. If you decide to try this recipe, take a photo and tag us on social media!
Source: Nutribullet Natural Healing Food & William B Ershler” The influence of an aging immune system.”
If you have any specific questions about any medical matter, you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.
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