Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Natural Immune System Boosters

Ok so it's not the time to get sick a month & a half away from my first race of the season... the Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Texas...

I've been dealing with bronchitis for 2 weeks, only able to bike. Couldn't breathe good enough to run and I was afraid to get worse if I went to the pool in the evening... And not to mention I'm lazy & it's cold & dark outside... I love our subdivision pool but not in the winter... :)

So, I've been reading a lot of articles on how to naturally boost our immune system. 

And for some reasons I remember some info... like strawberries, nuts & dark chocolate are really good... :) 
So here is a nice idea for an after training session in the evening... chocolate covered strawberries... well @ least it was for us! :)

Regularly eating fresh fruits and vegetables is the natural way to boost your immune system. 
Natural foods that are high in Vitamins A, C, and E, B-6, zinc and folic acid are beneficial in supporting the immune system.

Here are some of the best choices to help build a strong immune system:
Foods high in vitamin C: berries, broccoli, cantaloupe, cauliflower, grapefruit, honeydew, kale, kiwi, nectarines, oranges, peppers, sweet potatoes, strawberries, and tomatoes.

Foods rich in vitamin E: broccoli, carrots, chard, mustard, turnip greens, mangoes, nuts, papaya, pumpkin, red peppers, spinach, and sunflower seeds.

Beta-carotene: apricots, asparagus, beets, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, corn, green peppers, kale, mangoes, turnip, collard greens, nectarines, peaches, pink grapefruit, pumpkin, squash, spinach, sweet potatoes, tangerines, tomatoes, and watermelons.

Bioflavonoids: citrus fruits, dark chocolate, black & green tea.

Antioxidant minerals: can be found in some meats, seafood's, nuts and whole grains.

Foods with zinc: oysters, red meat, poultry, beans, nuts (almond), sunflowers seeds, lentils, seafood, whole grains, and diary products (cheddar cheese, yogurt).

Selenium: Brazil nuts, tuna, beef, poultry, fortified breads, and grain products.    

Also ginger, honey, royal jelly...

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