The purpose of your immune system is to protect you from pathogens. Taking medication frequently can impact the power of your immune system.
Your immune system is impacted by many things but it can also be helped by many things, one of which is eating great whole immune foods that are filled with nutrients!
What can depress your immune function?
Your immune system loves you! It needs your support too!
Sugar depresses immune function for many hours. The white blood cells which are like the soldiers that protect you actually fall asleep. This is why you get sick after a night of binge drinking pr binge dessert eating.
Eating foods that you are allergic to and then taking some magical juice that promises to detoxify it all is simply impossible. When you subject your immune system to foods that it has already decided is a pathogen, it stays in a state of stress.
I’ve already said this before but alcohol combines with red blood cells, clumping them together and reducing oxygen to vital organs. Once again, it’s common to see people drinking two bottles of wine one night and a green juice the next day, but it does not work that way.
A diet deficient in nutrients puts your body in a state of immune stress. This impacts how your immune system responds to anything. Try to eat a diet that is as diverse and as least restrictive as possible. It should have a wide range of nutrients from every colour. This is where some immune foods are helpful.
I cannot say enough about stress, which is why I repeat it in every article. Psycho Neuro Immunology is the study of the connection between stress and emotions, and the immune system. There is enough evidence of a period of great stress causing someone to fall sick soon after that.
How can you help your immune function with immune foods?
Immune foods are plenty! But do remember that they come from whole food sources. Random supplements promising immunity are a myth. The truth is that you need to keep your gut healthy and your immune function robust. You can do this through eating a wide range of colourful foods that are rich in different phytonutrients!
Colourful foods contain phytonutrients which are rich in antioxidants. Whenever your body prodices free radicals in your cells, it creates oxidative stress where your cells age. Oxidative stress impacts your immune function significantly. The way you combat this is with antioxidants that are found in colourful plant immune foods.
Pomegranate is an astringent food that helps your body move lymph. Pomegranate contains excellent nutrients such as vitamin E and C. It has antibacterial and antiviral properties. The vitamin C boosts antibody production and supports immune function. It is also anti-inflammatory and a potent antioxidant that supports recovery from immune suppression.
I love ginger! Indian food tastes amazing because of ginger. Ginger has been used since ancient times as an immune food. Ginger is antibacterial and supports your immune system. It also contains compounds that are a natural blood thinner.
Since it has such strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, ginger has been used to boost the immune system for centuries. Combined with garlic, they are immune foods! And who doesn’t like food made with ginger amd garlic? You might like to use ginger in this kashaya spritzer recipe!
Citron is a large lemon which is called narthangai in tamil. it has been used from ancient times by the tamil culture to support digestion. Since your immune system is largely situated in your gut, improving digestion is remarkable for immunity. As a part of immune foods, citron is remarkable.
Simply consume fresh in salads or chop it up with the rind and dry it in the sun with salt to make a digestive enzyme.
It is loaded with nutrients such as vitamin C, zinc, magnesium, selenium and B6, all of which play a role in immune function. The peel is loaded with antibacterial properties and it especially plays a role in keeping away the growth of e-coli into pathogenic proportions.
Broccoli is rich in vitamin C as well! Just one cup of broccoli has a potent dose of betacarotene that supports immune function. It also supports liver detoxification which is closely linked to immune function.
Compounds in broccoli antioxidant genes and enzymes in immune cells which combat any damage by free radicals. As far as immune foods go, broccoli is a star!
I will admit that I do not eat mangoes too much, and one of the reasons is that it is quite high in histamines. But, recently, I have been eating mangoes away from food. Mangoes are loaded with betacarotene. This can convert to retinol, the active form of vitamin A in most bodies. Vitamin A is required to produce these protective warriors of your body.
Recurrent infections and breakdown of your immune system could be a deficiency. Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant, working to protect you against free radical damage, oxidative stress and energy production. Once again it is protective. All this can help immune function.
Respect your bioindividuality:
I will say this again. While some foods might be considered immune foods, I am always cautious of the word superfood. Remember that every body is unique. Every food will react differently at different times on you. Most of these foods mentioned here are fairly comfortable on most bodies, except for mangoes in someone who has histamine issues.
You might also have a reaction to broccoli if you have issues with sulfur foods. Always be cautious to label. Try them out, slowly. Watch how you respond. And then let them work for you as immune foods.