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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Great Food to Boost Your Immune System

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By Arlene Ross

There's nothing like homemade chicken noodle soup for what ails you once you've fallen prey to a virus, but how about eating in a way to avoid sickness in the first place? Your body needs antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber and enzymes and none of them sound too appealing, right? Think again. Read on to see a list of tasty items that deliver exactly what you need to stay healthy.

1. Green and white tea. What better way to stimulate your immune system than to curl up with a hot cup of tea?

2. Garlic. Blame your breath on your desire to live a healthy lifestyle if you must, but incorporate plenty of this natural antibiotic into your diet if you want to give your immune system a boost.

3. Lemons, lemons and more lemons. Viruses thrive in acidic conditions, but lemons provide the kind of healthy bacteria needed for a balance in acid-alkali levels. It doesn't hurt that every squeeze of a lemon gives you a fresh taste of summer either, right? And, lemons make great drinks and are great additions to lots of foods, including fish.

4. Chickpeas and Kidney beans. A good daily dose of protein is a good partner to a healthy immune system. These two powerhouses from the legume family load you up with one single serving.

5. Brazil nuts are not just delicious. Nuts vary in their healthy levels of fats and protein, but the Brazil nut is the king when it comes to providing antioxidants. Eat them by the handful.

Too much stress, alcohol and sugar work against these beneficial food items and ultimately weaken your ability to fight off viruses. So load up on the good stuff and try to moderate the offenders this winter. You might just be able to make it until spring without getting sick.

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