Healthy Foods to Boost your Immune System

Healthy Foods to Boost your Immune System

As cases of coronavirus multiply all around, you might be wondering: How can I keep myself healthy? Is there a way for me to boost my immune system to fight the disease?

These are just a few questions that we all ask as we face a worldwide crisis. Well, here’s the not-so-good news. There is no specific supplement that will prevent you from getting infected from the dreaded disease. There is no magic pill or supplement that is guaranteed to boost your immune system and to protect you against COVID19. It would be impossible also for researchers to come up with a supplement for prevention because coronavirus is new to us all.

Now, here’s the good news. There are ways that you can do to help your immune system function to its optimum level, which can help to keep you healthy during this time of crisis even when you are on the HCG Diet. These include being physically active, getting enough sleep, proper handwashing, managing stress and staying healthy. When you say staying healthy you can do this by eating nutritious food because our immune system needs a steady supply of nutrients to do its job.

Here are some expert-approved immune booster, HCG diet-friendly foods for you to stock during your next grocery trip:

  1. Carrots, apricots, and kale for vitamin A

They are rich in beta carotene which is then converted to vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential for a strong immune system. They help the antibodies responds to foreign substance and toxins in the body.

Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that protects you against diseases and viruses. The antioxidant properties are also an integral part of helping you shed pounds.

  • Tofu, eggs, and mushrooms for vitamin D

These foods are loaded with vitamin D. Vitamin D regulates the production of certain proteins that selectively kills bacteria and viruses inside the body.  It also changes how the T 2 killer lymphocytes, a type of white blood cells work in reducing the spread of viruses and bacteria. A deficiency in vitamin D can weaken the immune system and may increase your risk of getting infected from the coronavirus disease.

There is also mounting evidence showing that vitamin D can help you lose weight by reducing the formation of new fat cells in the body. Other sources of vitamin D include fatty fish like salmon, milk, cheese, and plant milk products.

  • Yogurt for probiotics

Yogurt is a great source of probiotics that can promote a healthy gut, which in return supports the immune system. Probiotics inhibit the growth of harmful gut bacteria by boosting the body’s natural antibodies and immune cells like natural killer cells and T lymphocytes. Rather than having a plain Greek yogurt, you can add small chunks of raw strawberries on your yogurt.

Other sources of probiotics include aged cheese, fermented foods like kimchi, miso, tempeh, and sauerkraut. Yogurt is an excellent source of protein. It’s HCG Diet-friendly too that lasts for up to 2 months with the right temperature.

  • Asparagus, leeks, garlic, onion, and artichokes for prebiotics

They are a great source of prebiotic, a type of fiber served as foods for probiotics and other beneficial organisms in the gut. Prebiotics helps improve calcium absorption and change the way how quickly the body can process carbohydrates.

Asparagus can help you meet your weight loss goal. It’s not only low in calorie and fat but it also contains a lot of insoluble and soluble fiber that will help keep you full in between meals. 

  • Spinach, broccoli, oranges and strawberries for vitamin C

Vitamin C increases the blood levels of antibodies that help shield the immune cells from environmental damage. It helps to differentiate white blood cells which helps the body determine what kind of protection is needed. Spinach and broccoli are best consumed raw or lightly cooked. You can blend spinach for a smoothie, sauté it with garlic for side dishes or cook it with your morning eggs.

Spinach, broccoli, oranges and strawberries are all HCG diet-friendly foods.  Spinach extract can curb down cravings by 95% and increases weight loss by 42%. Spinach extract contains thylakoid, a green leaf membrane that could effectively speed up weight loss. Broccoli and strawberries, on the other hand, are low in calorie making them an excellent food for weight loss.

Strawberries promote the production of leptin and adiponectin hormones which enhances metabolism and burning of fat.

  • Apples for polyphenols and prebiotics

Apples are a rich source of polyphenols responsible for many health benefits. The pectin acts as a prebiotic the feeds the good bacteria in your gut. The antioxidant compound in apple can help protect your lungs from oxidative damage. It’s extremely rich in fiber making it an excellent food during the HCG diet. You can have one during breakfast or as a healthy snack.

  • Fish for omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 fatty acids help boost the immune system by enhancing the functioning of immune cells. The DNA-rich fish oil the activity of B cell, a type of white blood cells for optimum function of the immune system.

Omega-3 fatty acids can help you stay full longer because your body digests them more slowly than other foods. It won’t caused blood sugar crashes thus helping you lose weight.

 

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5 Comments

  • Jan Marie Luna

    Just keep your yogurt between 34 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit and you’ll be able to maintain its shelf life. Temperatures higher than that would shorten the shelf life. Oh, and don’t forget to keep the yogurt tightly covered.

  • natalia

    Your article says that yogurt can be stored up to 2 months. At what temperature should I store my yogurt to achieve this?

  • Jan Marie Luna

    Just keep your yogurt between 34 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit and you’ll be able to maintain its shelf life. Temperatures higher than that would shorten the shelf life. Oh, and don’t forget to keep the yogurt tightly covered.

  • Mary Davis

    Are the vitamins from the food enough to keep us healthy even on the HCG diet? Won’t I need to take supplementation?

  • Jan Marie Luna

    According to Dr. Simeons’ Pounds and Inches, supplements are not necessary because for every pound of fatty tissue that you lose, only the actual fat is being burned up. Fatty tissues don’t just contain fat. It also contains vitamins, minerals, blood, and proteins; and besides the actual fat, all of these are being circulated back into our body.

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