Choose these immunity-boosting foods for healing and prevention …
(Casey Seidenberg, The Washington Post)
Eating these foods promotes health by benefiting many different parts of the body. [This is important year ‘round, but especially during the upcoming cold and flu season. – Editor]
Protein helps the body repair tissue and fight infection. Certain amino acids (arginine and glutamine) found in protein have been shown to increase surgical-wound healing and decrease bodywide inflammation. Eat lean meats, bone broth, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes and avocado.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that supports the immune response and helps to rebuild collagen. Choose citrus, leafy greens, bell peppers, broccoli and berries.
Vitamin A boosts immunity, lowers the risk of infection and supports wound healing through collagen strength. Snack on carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens, cantaloupe, salmon, eggs and grass-fed beef.
Vitamin D plays a big part in immune health and can be found in milk, salmon and eggs, and from sunshine.
B vitamins aid in tissue repair, immune support and cell metabolism. Make meals from dark leafy greens, whole grains, fish and chicken.
Vitamin K aids the body with healthy blood clotting and is abundant in dark leafy green vegetables.
Zinc helps to create and activate our immune system’s white blood cells. Serve oysters, red meat, chicken, beans, spinach, nuts and pumpkin seeds.
Selenium is a potent antioxidant that protects the immune system. Enjoy Brazil nuts, yellowfin tuna, halibut, grass-fed beef, turkey and chicken.
Water keeps a body from becoming dehydrated. Be aware that the sodium in sports drinks can cause the body to retain water, so stick to straight water.
Skip processed-sugar-filled beverages, and instead whip up a chocolate smoothie that delivers healthy fats, protein, vitamins and antioxidants.
When the immune system is down or overworked, it is best to avoid sugar and other inflammatory foods that will further suppress the immune system and divert the body’s attention from healing.
Read the full story at Durango Herald. Also of interest: These Weird Foods Are Stuffed With Powerful Antioxidants