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Thursday, January 19, 2012

#2 | There are some surprisingly simple and natural things you can do to help boost your immune system and reduce your risk of catching a cold or the flu.

Tip #2
Adjust Your Diet
As mentioned in yesterday's blog tip, avoid sugar, artificial sweeteners and additionally, avoid processed foods. While it seems simple, we seem to need a constant reminder to increase our intake of whole fruits, vegetables and Superfoods which are loaded with food based vitamins, minerals and antioxidants offering natural immune boosting properties.
There are many studies purporting the immune boosting benefits of both garlic and mushrooms. So, try adding more garlic and mushrooms (reishi, shiitake, and maitake) to your diet. Mushrooms contain beta glucans and beta glucans have natural immune enhancing properties. Also, increase herbs and spices, such as turmeric (curcumin), oregano, cinnamon, and cloves which have high ORAC scores and are known to support the immune system. Fermented foods (raw kefir, kimchee, miso, pickles, and sauerkraut) are rich in probiotics (friendly bacteria). Scientific research shows that 80% of your immune system resides inside your digestive tract, so eating probiotic-rich foods, or taking a high-quality probiotic, will help support your immune system health.
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