Friday, May 15, 2009

Eat for Protection

Protect yourself by protecting your immune system. Many think taking a vitamin C is just the prescription. However, Vitamin C is just one of the many vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients needed to keep your body strong and healthy.

Research around isolated vitamins remains controversial as more long term studies are studied and published. In some case studies taking isolated vitamins reduces effectiveness of the vitamins and also can – in cases – work against your desired results. This is because vitamins and nutrients work together and need each other to produce the best results. When vitamins, minerals and phyonutrients are ingested in whole foods they are easy to metabolize, 100% utilized and always good for you.

To get the most from your foods eat them as close to nature as possible. Less cooked, processed more whole, fresh raw and organic if possible.

"Good health is the most valuable asset we can ever have. It generates positive qualities like confidence, enthusiasm, vigor, and joyfulness — qualities that enable us to achieve the life we desire." - Hippocrates Health Institute

Here is a shopping list of foods to fortify your immune system:

Vegetables - dark green leafy, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower,beets, tomatoes, spinach
Fruit - apples, oranges, papaya, pineapple, cherries, peaches, blueberries, raspberries, grapes
Fiah - salmon, tuna, mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines
Nuts - walnuts, almonds
Yogurt - with live bacteria
Grains - Oats, barley amaranth, brown rice, bulgur (cracked wheat), whole-wheat pasta, couscous, flaxseed, millet, quinoa, rye, spelt, wheat berries, wild rice
Tea - white, green

Remember to take care of yourself...if you don't who will?

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