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Immune System Health

What can you include into your daily diet to make sure your immune system is in the best shape?

There are many foods and herbs, such as echinacea, that will help keep your immune system strong. Organic, whole food supplements can be very expensive.

Listed in the following paragraphs are some foods that will keep your immune system healthy. Choose organically grown. Eat raw fruits & vegetables. Try juicing them!  You can also lightly steam vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, chard and kale.

First off, make sure to include foods that are alkaline-producers because acidity in the body weakens the immune system. Here is a short list of some alkaline-producers that will balance your body’s pH:

  • raw almonds/raw almond milk
  • asparagus
  • basil
  • lemon
  • lime
  • beetroot
  • broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • cabbage
  • carrots
  • cauliflower
  • celery
  • chives
  • cilantro
  • collard greens
  • cucumber
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • citrus fruits
  • green beans
  • kale
  • leeks
  • lettuce
  • mint
  • mustard greens
  • onion, parsley
  • peppers
  • pomegranate
  • pumpkin & pumpkin seeds
  • radish
  • spinach
  • alfalfa sprouts
  • squash
  • raw sunflower seeds
  • sweet potato
  • swiss chard
  • thyme
  • tomato
  • watercress
  • wheatgrass
  • zucchini

Foods that contain vitamins C, D, A, B6 & E, zinc, copper and selenium are best for boosting your body’s immunity.

Some of these are: citrus fruits, red bell peppers, broccoli, garlic, ginger, spinach, raw almonds/unsweetened raw almond butter/raw unsweetened almond milk, turmeric, green tea/ceremonial-grade matcha green tea powder, papaya, kiwi, raw organic sunflower seeds/ raw organic unsweetened sunflower seed butter, raw organic tahini (ground sesame seeds), apples, strawberries, tomato, blueberries, avocado, sweet potato, raw cacao powder or nibs, elderberry and raw honey.

In addition, a healthy gut is conducive to wellness and a strong immune system. Include foods in your diet such as unsweetened organic kefir, unsweetened organic yogurt, kombucha and kimchi or lacto fermented vegetables.

Don’t stress!

Stress and anxiety deplete the immune system. Think, speak and do those things that uplift you on a daily basis – your cells are listening. Get plenty of fresh air and 15 minutes of direct sunlight exposure each day (for the best source of vitamin D).

Do exercises that feel best to you. Move your body and move your lymphatic system flow that acts as the body’s drainage system for detoxing. Take deep breaths and repeat your positive affirmations daily.

Be Well and God Bless You.

Jennifer Wimmer

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