Strengthen Your Immune System and Avoid Sicknesses
Did you know that you can help protect yourself from getting sick? I didn’t used to know that. I thought that the best I could do was just try to avoid sick people. But now I realize that the immune system is the best protection from sicknesses.
I rarely take my children to the doctor. Most of the time, they are not sick. When they are, we pray and treat them with healthy foods and supplements. They get better quickly. I am not bragging-I understand that sometimes it is necessary to go to the doctor. (I do take my children and myself to the doctor when necessary.) I just know that we have seen a difference in our health with the right foods and supplements.
I am also not advising you to find some sick people to hang around. 🙂 However, I now realize that an infection (whether viral or bacterial) can affect different people in different ways. A person with with a serious illness can die from an infection, whereas a healthy person can kick the same infection quickly or not catch the infection in the first place.
A healthy immune system goes into action as soon as someone is exposed to an illness to identify and kill the virus or bacteria.
One thing that I do to help maintain a healthy immune system is to eat certain foods that strengthen the immune system. I think it is pretty wonderful that I can eat some yummy recipes and help myself to avoid colds and such!
Before I tell you about all the foods that are helpful, I do need to tell you about one food that you should avoid like the plague when you are sick: sugar. The number one thing you can do to strengthen the immune system is take yourself off all sugar. If you are already sick, I would recommend avoiding fruit as well until you get better. Sugar feeds bacteria and viruses!
Now let’s move on to the yummy food that will build your immunity! 🙂
- A good diet for healing looks like this: meat, vegetables, and a healthy starch (rice, potatoes, or sweet potatoes).
- And as much garlic and onions as you can to your cooking.
- Eat as many foods as you can that are high in vitamin C-this would include green peppers, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and mustard greens.
- Don’t forget to drink lots of water.
- Fermented Foods-Sauerkraut or Kimchi from the refrigerated section of your grocery store. (If it is in the canned food aisles it is not really fermented.)
- Vitamin A foods-beef liver or grass fed butter
(Keep reading to find out why :))
Why you might want to consider eating beef liver and an alternative
Vitamin A is a powerhouse for fighting all kinds of infections. This vitamin can help get rid of some tough infections including ear infections and even measles. This article mentions that the death rate from measles approaches zero if vitamin A supplementation is given. I found another article which is even more comprehensive and it estimates that vitamin A reduces the death rate from measles by 80%. Whether it cuts the death rate by 80% or 100%, I am not sure. What I am sure of is that Vitamin A is a powerful ally for the immune system.
Beta carotene (like the vitamin A in carrots) is not the type of vitamin A that is so powerful. Beta carotene has to be converted by the body into vitamin A. It is much better to give the body vitamin A directly. The best food to get vitamin A from is from liver. Eating beef liver from grass fed cows is a wonderful way to get vitamin A. But that can be hard to source and hard for some people to eat! I haven’t started eating liver myself yet. 🙂
An easier way to get vitamin A is to take cod liver oil. (I will be publishing a post soon on supplements to boost the immune system and will talk more about cod liver oil.)
Immune Boosting Recipes
Here are some yummy recipes that will also boost your immunity!
Food is one of my favorite ways to keep myself and my family healthy. It is the foundation for a healthy body. I want to encourage you to eat foods that boost your immune system and help you to be vibrantly healthy!
Disclaimer: This post is not medical advice. You should consult your health practitioner before making changes in your diet or supplements. I am not a doctor or medical professional.
This post was shared at Fat Tuesday.