Probably, some of you might wonder why I spend so much time on writing articles about boosting and optimizing the immune system. Well, you might probably realize that you can’t and shouldn’t really do any fitness exercises when you are ill. Additionally, smart food and fitness is not only about providing recipes on unprocessed foods but also about providing some background information recarding why you should eat this or that. And the most important point is health. And how can we get and stay healthy? Probably by optimizing our immune system to make it capable to fight pathogens,´throughout the year and particularly in the cold season.
So, there is two ways to optimize the immune system through nutrition: 1. by eliminating immune system suppressors and 2. by adding immune system builders.
1. Eliminating immune system suppressors from our meals
- sugar (particularly refined sugars)
- white flours
- processed foods
- chemical additives and preservatives
- heavy metals
- saturated fats
- medication overload
2. Adding immune system builders to our meals
There are lots of compounds which are able to substitute prementioned ingredients while acting in much healthier way:
- fresh, regional vegetables, e.g. garlic, onions, peppers, dark leafys greens, etc.
- fresh fruits, e.g. berries, oranges, lemons
- vitamin C from acerola cherry or oranges
- zinc from pumpkin seeds
- antibacterial agents, e.g. echinacea, colloidal silver
- probiotics, e.g. kombucha, apple cider vinegar, coconut kefir
- antiviral herbs, e.g. oil of oregano, una de gato, lapacho, olive leaf
- teas, e.g. peppermint, chamomile, stinging nettle, horsetail, elder, etc.
- pure, clean water
In addition to these nutrition-based tips it might be useful to reduce stress, inactivity and erratic sleep patterns, but rather focus on proper sleep patterns, moderate exercises and meditation.