5 Great Immune Boosting Foods
Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Sunday and I hope you are having a beary safe and great weekend so far. It is another very busy weekend for Dab the AIDS Bear and me as we get ready for New Year's.
While nutrition should be important to everyone, it should be especially important to people living with HIV and AIDS or other chronic conditions. So today I will blog about five foods that are great for helping boost your immune system.
It's full of iron and zinc, two nutrients that help protect against infection by bacteria, viruses and parasites. Plus, beef is an excellent source of the antioxidant selenium (antioxidants defend and repair immune cells). Choose lean beef, and limit portions to 3 ounces.
Like beef, beans and peas are good sources of immune-boosting iron and zinc, but they're also loaded with vitamin B6, which helps create infection-fighting white blood cells called lymphocytes. You can double the amount of iron you absorb from legumes by combining them with as little as 25 mg of vitamin C — the amount in 1/4 cup of broccoli.
Asian mushrooms — including shiitake and oyster mushrooms — contain beta-glucans, carbo hydrates that can spur production of virus-attacking white blood cells, a study in the European Journal of Applied Physiology found. White button mushrooms are rich sources of selenium and riboflavin (vitamin B2), which help ward off bacterial infections.
This seasonal favorite is full of beta-carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A — and that helps create white blood cells to fight infection. Animal studies suggest vitamin A may also enhance your body's response to the flu vaccine. Both pumpkin pulp and seeds protect against infection.
It's a fine source of vitamin D, which your immune system needs to kill harmful bacteria and viruses. Eat fish at least twice a week.
Hope these helpful tips help you boost your immune system and stay healthy through these winter months. Also remember that alcohol and other substances can lower your immune system. So either limit them or cut them out all together.
Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.
big bear hug,