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Eat Good Immune System Foods To Prevent Sickness

Apr 29, 2008
The immune system is probably one of the most important systems of the human body. It is what keeps us from getting sick. Sometimes we compromise our immune system through the daily battering that our bodies get from the activities we subject it to. When we think of taking care of our immune system or even improving it, oftentimes, the thought comes too late. A disease awaiting cure, when it could have been prevented from happening by keeping our immune system in tip-top shape already hits us.

The best way to keep our immune system at optimum is to eat healthy and have a regular exercise. What we take in as food greatly affects how our immune system reacts as our body's defense structure; therefore, we have to take extra care in the amount and kind of food that we eat. We can classify the food we eat as bad and good, though being classified as bad does not necessarily mean that we should not eat it.

First in line for the bad food category is sugar. Too much sugar intake decreases the ability of white blood cells to fight bacteria, leading to a weaker resistance to infection. Another bad food is coffee. Coffee is a diuretic, which makes the body lose important nutrients in the process. In third place is alcohol, which has detrimental effects on all systems in the human body. If you wish to take alcohol, do so in moderate amounts. Landing in fourth place are the raw foods that contain bacteria and intestinal parasites. You are trying to protect your immune system here so why introduce their enemies freely? Fifth are the rancid fats and oils that create free radicals that initiate reactions of chemical disturbance that lead to cell damage.

Now, we come to the good food. Eating these so-called good foods should top your list when trying to keep your immune system healthy. First in the list are whole grains, which are a good source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Next are vegetables which contain an abundance of vitamins, minerals and photochemical. Vegetables and fruits also improve digestion. Another good food is protein, which maintains the quick production and repair of cells that support the immune system. Needless to say, water is also part of this list as it is the best cleansing agent for the body. You can also supplement these good foods with manufactured vitamins, minerals, etc. to ensure a stronger immune system.

Pitting the good food against the bad, you can see how advantageous it is to eat healthy in order for you to keep yourself away from sickness, no matter how harmless the sickness may seem to be. Prevention is always better than cure and this applies even to keeping your immune system healthy. The rewards are great when you practice this idea because in the end, it will save you from a lot of worries, medical costs, even death.
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