Foods That Help Build Your Immune System

Foods That Help Build Your Immune System

I was watching this crazy video on YouTube the other day…this thing has millions of views and it’s on “Gold Digging Pranks”… it’s hilarious.

So this got me thinking…are we being ripped off by medical science?

I mean, they keep telling us that modern medicine and more specifically “vaccination” is the basis of all our good health and improved immunity but is it really…like really?

Do our bodies entirely depend on medical science to develop a good immune system?

Do you believe there are no foods that help build your immune system even better than medical immunization?

And what about our genetic coding…?

Aren’t we designed to build and maintain our own immune systems in a totally natural way?

All the governments in the world have mandatory immunization programs for their citizens as a measure of maintaining “healthy nations”…but who is really benefiting from all this?

We might be receiving the immunization shots or drips at our local medical centers for free but we all know that every government has to pay for these “necessary cures” right?

But wait…this is still our tax money so there’s nothing free after all is there?

Now, who’s gold digging who?

So, what am I saying? I’m I asking you to stop taking your children for immunization shots?

Definitely not!

All I want to say is that you can boost or build up your immune system and get it running at optimum levels by just living and eating right.

How to Build up a Immune System

There are certain foods and herbs that are well known to modern science that act as the ultimate immune boosters and toxin busters but you will never catch any big corporation campaigning for this…not in a billion years!

They’d rather fund a “Big Mac and Cheese” Ad than tell you how important a carrot is to your diet because they want you to keep buying the drugs they have invested heavily in.

Drugs that you’d otherwise never need…ever!

And then of course you have to keep your body well hydrated. Water is an essential part of our internal body system in every way you can think of…

The trick is in trying to keep your food organic and balanced as much as you can.

Then of course you have to keep a healthy lifestyle which includes exercising and staying away from harmful habits such as smoking or partaking of the devil’s nectar…!

If only we knew how simple maintaining a well-balanced immune system is…

Check this…if you could find any gardening space and try to learn a bit of basic gardening, then you’d soon have your own arsenal full of natural immune boosters right there at your home.

Just a few veggies and some few herbs and you’re good to go! As simple as that!

But what foods are good for our immune systems?

Simple Immune System Boosters

The immune system is a whole beehive of activity. Each part of our bodies including the brains is actively involved.

And of course there’s what we eat to replenish the required levels of micronutrients that help in boosting our immune system.

Our immune system gets thrown off balance when our cells are oxidized by free radicals found in our polluted environments that find a way into our bodies.

This “oxidative stress” weakens your cells and hence your body’s inability to fight off pathogens or other causes of chronic ailments such as cancer, heart and respiratory diseases, as well as other ischemic or inflammatory conditions that are related to a deficiency in your immunity.

So, what does all this mean?

You simply need antioxidants…and some detoxing…just to keep your body systems running smoothly, and this comes from eating the right organic foods which include vegetables, some legumes, fruits, and herbs.

The keywords here are Vitamins (A, C, E, D), Zinc, Selenium, and Magnesium!

But there’s a twist, we do not get vitamin A directly from anywhere…our body makes it.

What we get from these foods is basically beta-carotene which is converted into the all-important vitamin A through a biochemical process that also requires Zinc to be activated.

The rest of the micronutrients work differently to help us fight off common infections.

Do you know how many metabolic functions in our bodies depend on magnesium?

Over 300!

Yeah, the absorption of vitamin D3 is just one of them…

Foods rich in the required immune system boosting antioxidants and other micronutrients include:-

1) Green or Leafy Veggies: these include kale, spinach, collards, parsley, romaine lettuce, Chinese cabbage and Swiss chard among others.

These provide you with antioxidants, minerals like magnesium, and chlorophyll. Most importantly, they also provide you with beta-carotene, which is the vitamin A precursor. You can also get zinc from kale.

Veggies rich in carotene also provide several other immune system benefits such as increasing T4 & T3 cells as well as increasing the function and the number of white blood cells. They also protect cells from carcinogens.

Please note: to get the most from your veggies, maybe you should consider eating them raw…better yet…juicing them.

Research has shown that your body absorbs almost 90% of the nutrients found in juiced veggies. This is up from 30% which is the amount absorbed from cooked veggies.

2) Fruits: mango, papaya, apples, peaches, blueberries, lemons, grapefruit, apricots, plums, and oranges all have the right nutrients to help you keep your immune system working properly.

Vitamin C can help us ward off diseases such as scurvy as well as help with the absorption of iron, which is also good news for your immune system.

Most fruits provide us with good amounts of antioxidants. Apples are well known to help keep some harmful heavy metals from our bodies.

3) Herbs & Spices: coriander (cilantro), garlic, onion, turmeric, peppers

4) Beverages: Tea (black tea…) and plenty of fresh clean water.

5) Other Foods: carrots, asparagus, squash (including butternut), turnip greens, dandelion leaves, chives

These are just some of the foods that help build your immune system.

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16 thoughts on “Foods That Help Build Your Immune System

  1. Hello,
    I enjoyed your artical and I agree that we have health foods at out disposal, but I am also a believer in vaccinations. At my age, I cannot afford to get sick.
    I’ve had pneumonia and I went into septic shock. I nearly died!
    Now, I get the flu shot yearly. I get the pneumonia vaccination every 5 years. This year, I hot the shingles shot, the whooping cough vaccination, and the pneumococal pneumonia shot.
    Thank you,
    Edward Mijarez

    1. Yeah nobody’s saying you shouldn’t get vaccinations Mijareze – they are there for a reason (to keep us all alive LOL). This article is merely pointing out foods that can help the strength of your immune system, nothing more!

  2. Hello
    I am a pharmacist by profession.True that my living is dependent from ‘selling drugs’ It is also true that lots of them produce some ‘unpleasant ‘ side effects. Medications do have their place, but so does natural healing.

    Having said that,I personally am a believer in the natural route.I really think that our systems have the capabilities of healing themselves.Focusing on lifestyle modifications, like reducing our stress, eating healthy, like the foods you mentioned and exercise all helpS to build a really strong immune system and Can keep one from getting sick.

    I like your article and will share it with my friends and family.

    Take Care
    Roopesh

  3. This was a great read. I do believe in vaccinations but i also do believe in eating healthily. The word organic is what is most important. We may be eating our veggies and fruits, but because we are tight on money, we are not able to afford organic and therefore just buy the ones that are just full of steroid and chemicals and ingesting them. There is a very fine line that I believe our scientists have crossed. We are what we eat and our foods should never have been ingested with the steroids. That was just for profits, but what they are doing to our bodies, is anybody testing that? hmmmm

    1. All good points there Reyhana – seems like this is a topic close to your heart! Thank you for taking the time to share your views with us.

  4. Some amazing tips here and facts that I knew nothing about. Water.. I had no idea!

    I love that you have given a whole list of items that you buy. I am into my nutribullet and I think this could be a great way to combine some of these ingredients that you just don’t get round to eating. Love that thing!

    Love it, thanks!

  5. I loved this post! I am a big proponent of vitamins and minerals. I have learned through my own chronic health issues that I was deficient in B Vitamins, D, magnesium and others.

    Magnesium is necessary for heart health which most people have never been told. Everyone knows we need calcium but no one usually mentions magnesium. Calcium helps muscles contract but magnesium allows them to relax…so in order for your heart to pump you need both. If you don’t have enough magnesium you may develop heart arrhythmias or worse! You may also develop hardening of the arteries! My Dad was able to get off nitroglycerine for his heart when I got him taking a magnesium supplement! The heart specialists admitted it would help after he was already taking it but of course said nothing before! A blood test won’t show if you are deficient in magnesium either because your body will pull it out of your bones if the level is too low in the blood. Most doctors don’t even know this as they are not taught about nutrition in medical school!

    Magnesium is also necessary for mental health and prevention of depression, prevention of muscle cramps an so many other functions as you mentioned…hundreds!

    1. I’m really glad you brought up the subject of Magnesium Swangirl – I take it on a daily basis. I am a distance runner but I do suffer from an irregular heartbeat (which has got worse the older I get!).

      Magnesium is one of the main supplements I take to handle this heart condition. It’s pricey, but most powerful supplements are. It is extremely good for your heart though!

      Sorry to hear about your own chronic health issues – hope you have them under control! 🙂

  6. Hi, Nice article.
    I believe that our foods are the starting point that allows us to build healthy immune systems. As mentioned in your article, there are foods rich in antioxidants and minerals which aids our immune system to fight toxins. Yes, medications are necessary to aid in many different ailments, however, our foods are our key source.

    1. Glad you agree there Mae (is that your name?)

      Yes, foods are the starting blocks or ‘key source’ as you put it, to building up immunity in our bodies.

  7. Great introduction. I strongly beliee that people today (especially Americans – cannot speak for people in people in other countries) do not do enough to build their own immune system through eating healthy.

    What is your position on supplements? Multivitamins provide all of these vitamins and minerals that fruits and vegetables provide, except all in one convenient package. There seems to be two sides to the supplement wars constantly fighting it out!

    What are your thoughts on them?

    1. Hi Alex,

      Well I have nothing against supplements – I actually use a few of them for a heart condition. But, it’s important to remember that supplements that contain vitamins and minerals you can already find in food are not going to be as strong as the real thing.

      For example, the vitamin C found in a fresh orange is always going to be superior to the vitamin C bought in tablet form.

      Other than this I have nothing against supplements at all really! 🙂

  8. Hello Chris,

    This is a really interesting read as I was covering an article I found on HealthLine (dot com of course) the other day – I was looking to syndicate it on my own health site!

    I was really surprised by the amount of information they covered on the immune system and vitamin C – is this a new discovery or are they only now realizing how good it is?

    It’s a subject I’m dying to get more in line with…

    Thanks for the article!

    Greetings,

    Sergej

    1. Hi there Sergej,

      Well I wouldn’t necessarily say this is new information – it’s been around for a few years now. Still, as science progresses so does our knowledge of subjects!!!!

      Yeah vitamin C is thought to increase the production of white blood cells. Now, these white blood cells are awesome at taking on any infections our body picks up.

      Our bodies don’t produce vitamin C so it makes great sense to take it in citrus fruit form whenever possible. Grapefruit, oranges, tangerines….the list goes on and on!

      How this helps you and your article.

      If you need further help with writing it don’t hesitate on using the contact form on this website – there you can get hold of me directly!

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