Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Nothing Like an Epidemic...

...to bring us all together.

With all of the hype surrounding H1N1 (formerly 'swine flu'), I thought it would be a good idea to make a few notes about which foods (veggie of course) are helpful in boosting your immune system. A little searching on Google turned up the following:

-broccoli: one of my favorites. Steam this one, if you can. You won't flush out all of those antioxidants (which is in great supply) and A, C, and E vitamins

-yogurt: packed full of probiotics that help increase white blood cell count.

-garlic: this is not only used as food...it also has medicinal powers. High in antioxidants also, garlic helps your body's cells against the rigors of daily life. Plus, it tastes f*cking awesome.

-turmeric: this bright yellow spice contains something called 'curcumin' which has been proven to help immune cells resist negative stimulation from viruses and bacteria...essentially acting as an anti-inflamatory agent.

Here is a good list of things that you should add to your diet to keep your immune system in tip-top shape.

There are also a few things that you should avoid to keep your immune system in top shape...sadly they are sugar and coffe.

A few other things to remember about the preventing the transmission of H1N1:

  1. Wash your hands often. Use anti-bacteria hand cleanser (waterless) also. H1N1 is spread from person to person by contact.
  2. Sing the 'ABC' song you learned as a child while washing your hands, or count to at least 20 (i heard that on NPR this morning)
  3. Avoid using other people's phones, keyboards, silverware, etc.
  4. Elevator buttons and remote controls are nasty. Politely ask other people to press those buttons for you.
Symptoms can be found here.

I will try to post a new recipe tomorrow using the ingredients listed in this post and in the links.

Update: I have yet to do this, but it is on my agenda for later this week.

1 comment:

Mark said...

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