Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Boost Your Immune System

Your immune system is responsible for protecting you from different disease- causing microorganisms and harmful particles inside your body; those if they overcome this protecting wall, they will make you sick and weaker.

The immune system’s efficiency at doing so is affected by a number of factors such as; diet, age, some lifestyle practices like smoking, lack of exercise, not getting enough sleep, overweight and obesity.

Studies support that deficiencies in a number of nutrients affects the immune system’s ability in defending the body against diseases, because the immune system uses nutrients such as vitamin A, E, C as anti-oxidants, and mineral such as zinc, selenium, copper and magnesium to make enzymes that help it’s work.

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If you want to boost your immune system’s power, you need to consider adding these foods into your favorite food list.

 

Sweet potato

   

Sweet potato is rich in vitamin A; it also has higher fiber content than white potato.

Every ½ a cup of sweet potato has 80 kcal, 15 g of carbohydrates, 3 g of protein, and 0 g of fat.


Raisins

   

Raisins are a very good source of vitamin E; some studies also suggest that it could reduce cardiovascular risk factors when consumed regularly among other benefits.

Every 2 table spoons of raisins has 60 kcal, 15 g of carbohydrates, 0 g of protein and fat.


Red & Yellow Sweet Pepper

   

Red & yellow peppers in addition to green ones are excellent sources of vitamin C; decorate your food table and cooking with them more often.

Every 1 cup of pepper has only 25 kcal, 5 g of carbohydrates, 2 g of protein, and 0 g of fat.


Baked Beans

   

Baked beans are rich in zinc, which has an important role in immune system’s functions, also considered as a plant-based source of protein.


Brazil Nuts

   

Brazil nuts are of the best sources of selenium, a very nice and practical snack option, considered as source of monounsaturated fats.

Every 2 Brazil nuts have 45 kcal, 0 g of carbohydrate and protein, 5 g of fat.


Beef Liver

   

Beef liver is an extremely good source of copper mineral, it is a storage organ for many important nutrients (vitamins A, D, E, K, B12, folic acid and iron), but it is high in cholesterol content so moderate consumption is required.

Every 1 oz. ≈ 30 g of beef liver has 55 kcal, 0g of carbohydrate, 7g of protein and 3 g of fat.


Halibut Fish 

   

Halibut fish is an amazing source of magnesium, among many other health benefits such as reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes due to its omega-3 fatty acids content, but moderate consumption is required to avoid over intake of Mercury -that exist in sea food in general- which increases the risk of cardiovascular problems and impede neurological development when taken in excess.

Every 1 oz. ≈30 g of Halibut fish has 55 kcal, 0g of carbohydrate, 7g of protein and 3 g of fat.


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