I know that the headline is an oldie, but it really is a goodie and is so very true of most of us, in this age of fast takeaway foods giving us all the foods that we should not be eating if we wish to maintain good health. What you must do is have natural nutrition that will boost your immune system.
Do we eat enough foods that contain antioxidants? Or do we really know what antioxidants do for our health?
Antioxidants help to protect our systems against the terrible effects that free radical molecules have on our bodies healthy cells, They have been associated with premature aging and a whole spectrum of diseases such as eye problems, cancer, and cardiovascular disease, they could also be the cause of a number of autoimmune disorders.
You will see that antioxidants are important to our health and lifestyle. The body actually produces antioxidants as a normal part of energy production from the nutrition that we consume daily, however, we are also exposed to the effects of smoking, pollution, and chemicals in what we eat and drink, unfortunately, this sort of things increases the production of free radicals. What can we do to overcome these effects? The answer is simple, that is to somehow or other increase the level of antioxidants produced in the body, to overcome the extra free radicals being produced. In other words, we have to boost your immune system.
Without getting technical, the best way to do this is by eating lots of plant foods and making sure that your diet is full of these health-giving foods.
There are many antioxidants available in different fruits, nuts, vegetables, legumes, grains, and seeds.
You should also look for color in your plant food intake, red, yellow, orange, green, this will ensure that you have a wide balance of the antioxidants needed by your body.
Some antioxidants that are easy to obtain in their natural form are:
Vitamin E can be found in avocado, nuts, seeds, wholegrain, and wheat germ, this can help with cardiovascular problems.
Lycopene is found in red or pink fruits or vegetables like tomatoes, this helps in preventing cold sores, prostate cancer, and it might even help to prevent skin cancer.
Lutein is found in green leafy vegetables, broccoli, cabbage lettuce, they help to prevent cataracts, macular degeneration, and other eye diseases.
Sulfur Compounds are found in garlic and onions, broccoli, cabbage, and brussel sprouts.
I have mentioned before the huge antioxidant benefits that can be obtained from broccoli if eaten the correct way. Broccoli itself is an abundant source of antioxidants, but if you grow salad sprouts from broccoli seeds and eat them in your salad they contain about thirty times more antioxidants than broccoli eaten in the normal way. That will help your body to receive a boost to your immune system.
This is by no means the complete list of foods that will help you produce the antioxidants, there are thousands more, but this will give you a good idea of where to start if you wish to improve your health.