Diet

Immune System Boosting Diet

 

There are many ways you can boost your immune system naturally. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and healthy diet will help balance and strengthen your immune system.

 

Eliminating Sugar

 

A healthy diet should be high in simple, natural and preferably organic foods and low in processed, sugar-rich foods. In fact, eliminating white sugar and high fructose corn syrup completely from your diet is a wise choice. As an alternative, aim towards getting a sweet treat from fruits, berries, and vegetables such as squashes, carrots, onions, and beets. These fruits and veggies will give you some fructose, however they don't have huge amounts.

 

Carbohydrates

 

Complex carbohydrates are a necessary part of a healthy diet. Recently grains, in particular wheat, have become suspect as being over used in our daily diets. Much healthier carbohydrate options include brown rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes and yams as substitutes. If one decides to give up wheat your diet will take an interesting twist. There are still many delicious food choices available but the usual "go to" foods we all favor such as fast food and sandwiches cease to be an option. See it as a challenge with excellent health benefits.

 

Protein

 

Good quality protein is a must in a healthy diet. Grass-fed beef and lamb are considered low in Omega-6 fats – which is a good thing. While salmon, sardines and shellfish are rich in healthy Omega-3 fat. Organic eggs, chicken, pork, white fish and duck are also good choices.

 

Vegetables and Fruit

 

Fruit and vegetables should be organic where possible and include as colourful a palette as possible, this means a variety of nutrients and vitamins. Herbs and spices, seaweeds and fermented vegetables make healthy additions to your diet. They can be meals in themselves when prepared as soups and sauces.

 

Fats and Oil

 

Most people are very aware of the need to eliminate trans-fats from their diet. Healthy replacements include coconut oil and olive oil. Coconut oil is surfacing as wonderful choice as it is a medium chain fat that does not create toxins when cooked at high temperatures. 

 

Pleasure Foods

 

There must always be a treat in anyone's diet and nuts and chocolate can fill this need. Of course, this must include good quality chocolate with a high percentage – 70% or above – of cacao. And raw nuts are filled with wonderful vitamins and minerals. Then there is salt. Yes, it is a pleasure too. Himalayan salt is contains minute amounts of over 80 minerals that our body requires.

Those are just a few every day tips for a healthy diet. You can find more information online on specialty websites. What you eat directly impacts how you feel, your energy level, how restful is your sleep and how you cope with stress. Food is your fuel and everything you eat influences your immune system. To maintain a naturally strong immune system you need to provide your body with a balanced, healthy diet.