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Foods That Boost Immunity

Foods That Boost Immunity

October 28th, 2009  |  Published in Pilates

With H1N1 running rampant across our country, we’re all doing everything we can in order to not get sick. Luckily the h1n1 vaccine is now being release for those who want it. In addition to washing your hands thoroughly and not touching your mouth, nose, and eyes, it is important to eat right. There are many foods that will help boost your immune system and keep it in full defense.


Roman soldiers used to gobble down chunks of garlic before battle. They believed the pungent plant infused them with courage and heroic strength. While chomping on raw garlic cloves won’t give you superhuman powers, it may help your immune system defeat bacterial, viral and even fungal infections.


Yogurt with live bacterial cultures might not seem like a good idea for your health, but, on the contrary, your body needs certain bacteria to function properly. Lactobacillus acidophilus is a good bacteria that your body needs, as it produces lactic acid in your gut, which helps you digest food and break down complex compounds into usable bits.

These bacteria allow us to absorb many nutrients,  additionally, acidophilus actively fights disease-causing bacteria like salmonella and shigella-caused dysentery, and it helps rid various types of diarrhea and it even helps fight viral infections.

Bifidobacterium lactis is another strain of bacteria that has been shown to boost immune system response in the elderly. Researchers in New Zealand found that those who ate the bacteria had higher counts of immune T cells, helper cells and killer cells in their bloodstreams, which all help fight off sickly cells in the body.

Lemons & Apple Cider Vinegar

Lemons and Apple Cider Vinegar restore the acid-alkali balance. Stabilizing the bodies pH which supports healthy bacteria instead of the viruses and harmful bacteria which thrive in more acidic environments.

Vitamin A | Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin, Spinach, Kale, Cod-Liver-Oil and Red Peppers

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that is extremely important in immune defense. Vitamin A has been shown to enhance white blood cell functioning which helps the body resist and fight off infection. Carrots in particular are full of beta carotene, which is a powerful phytonutrient that boosts the immune system’s production of infection-fighting natural killer cells and T cells. These cells are healthy and attack and kill off disease-ridden microbes.

Vitamin B6 | Bananas, Turkey breast, Cod, Salmon,  Eggs, and walnuts.

Vitamin B6 is crucial for the immune system to function properly by aiding in the production of antibodies that help the body fight infection.

Vitamin C | Broccoli, Papayas, Oranges, Cantaloupe, and Strawberries.

Vitamin C is well-known as an immunity booster. Not only does vitamin C increase production of white blood cells to help the body fight off infection, vitamin C also increases the body’s level of interferon, which prevents viruses from even entering the body.

Vitamin E | Hazlenut, Sunflower Seeds, Paprika,Whole grains, Wheat germ, Tuna, Almonds, Olives, Blueberries, and Sardines.

Important to a healthy immune system, vitamin E stimulates production of cells that destroy germs and aids in production of B-cells which is what produces the antibodies that destroys bacteria.

Zinc | Oyesters, Chickpeas, Figs, Yogurt, Shrimp, Veal, Almonds, and Brazil nuts.

Zinc is a mineral that not only increases the production of white blood cells, but also increases what are known as T-cells, which also help the body fight infection off.

Selenium | Scallops, Halibut, Tuna, Chicken, Cottage Cheese, Brown/Wild Rice, Brazil nuts, and Garlic.

Selenium is a mineral that increases the cells in the body that find and destroy germs.

Don’t forget to drink plenty of water, exercise and get a good night’s sleep!

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