In light of the global health storm that is being created, people are coming to the realization that eating junk foods and sitting in front of a desk from 9 to 5 is going to help them into a coffin 20 years before schedule. People have started to give health and wellness the due regard that it needs and to ensure that we stay fit and healthy not just for ourselves, but also for our loved ones.
A good way to equip your body’s defenses is to equip your body’s immune system- the first and last line of defense that is keeping us from kicking the bucket. Let us look at how you can incorporate plant-based foods and plant-based recipes into your daily dietary regimen and reinforce your body. read on…
Strengthening Your Immune System
The immune system can fight off a variety of pathogens and allergens, but one that it can’t fight is our weak will and self-control. The immune system is compromised and weakened as a result of smoking, couch potato styled fitness routine, not getting enough sleep and drinking like the world is going to end (not to mention the greasy and fried foods that are killing your immune response).
Food And Immunity: The Link
For the body and the cells to function at full capacity, the cells need its stock of the essential nutrients- not just the run-of-the-mill carbohydrates and proteins, but also the minerals and vitamins such as magnesium, boron, iron, calcium and potassium among others.
The only way to support the immune system is to eat foods that are rich in anti-oxidants, apart from the necessary nutrients as mentioned above. Antioxidants are the key to fighting and fending off inflammation. Cut out the anti-oxidant depleted animal foods and incorporate more of nutrient-rich dense foods. Some of them have been listed below:
- Berries such as strawberries, blueberries and raspberries
- Leafy greens such as kale, spinach, collard greens, bok choy and arugula
- Add in ginger and spices like turmeric to your recipes
The idea is quite simple: Make your plate look like a rainbow splashed across it. The more colorful your plate looks with veggies and fruits, then the richer it is in antioxidant substances.
Foods To Avoid
Keep away from dairy products like cheese, milk, yogurt, creamers etc. Animal meats, especially red meats, are riddled with inflammatory agents that cause swelling. Refined sugar does you no good but to spike the glucose levels in your bloodstream temporarily and give you a sugar high.