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A Healthy Diet Can Boost The Body’s Immune System

October 28, 2010 by  

A healthy diet can boost the body's immune systemMore than 200 viruses can cause the common cold and produce symptoms such as sneezing, watery eyes, coughing or a runny nose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, experts suggest that there are a variety of healthy foods that individuals could consume in order to boost their immune systems.

Timi Gustafson, a Washington-based dietitian, wrote in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that eating fruits and vegetables is the easiest way a person can ward off infections and strengthen the immune system. This includes foods that are rich in antioxidants and is due in part to the fact that antioxidants may prevent toxins, which can cause colds and infections, from harming the body.

There are some foods that contain higher amounts of antioxidants, like beta-carotene or carentoids, than others. Fruits and vegetables that are bright in color such as watermelons, mangoes, apricots, peaches, tangerines or grapefruit are rich in beta-carotene, the news provider reports. Carrots, broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes and beets also fall into this category.

Maintaining a healthy, nutritional diet may also have other benefits. Gustafson wrote in the news source that these types of foods contain nutrients that support the immune system against and protect against inflammatory risks. As a result, these foods may prevent problems associated with allergies or other inflammations.

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  • TIME

    How true ~ how true! I have always had a diet of fresh foods other than a few colds that last all of 24 hours I have never been sick, thats in 60 years now. I also still have 20/8 vision.

    Yes, I did have a tooth implant that we strongly feel caused me to get cancer. But when you really think about it I am going to be 61 very soon, I have never had any normal child hood issues, nor have I ever had the flu.
    I can rub poison ivy all over myself with not a single issue. I was bitten by a rattel snake when I was 24 out west, other than I threw up and ran a slightly higher core temp than normal I had no effects at all from the bite.
    If I get cut its heals within 3 days and I don’t scar much either.

    Whats that mean? I have to think it has something to do with my diet.
    I have never been a big sugar eater I would rather have an apple than a candy bar. I would rather have fish than Red Meat I don’t like fried foods I don’t like baked foods.
    So again it comes back to the diet.
    Also keep in mind that even at 60 I am still at 8% BFM.

    I also feel its better to walk if its a few blocks rather than drive or take the stairs rather than the elevator. When people learn I am 60 they don’t believe me, I am told by everyone I look like I am in my early 40′s at most. That was a real problem when I was younger as everyone thought I was only 15 or so even when I was nearly 30.

    So Fresh foods are the key.

  • Rick S

    Yep, I’m the same way but I have terrible eating habits. At sixty one my body is falling apart from injuries but all the other stuff works great. I heal up fast from cuts and stuff like that and never get the flu.
    Hahaha, When you say that you looked like 15 when you were 30 it reminds me of a young lady that spends time with me.
    Somebody reported me to the cops for having an under age girl friend because everybody thought that she was 14. She was 27 lol.

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