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:
- Wash your hands often. Use anti-bacteria hand cleanser (waterless) also. H1N1 is spread from person to person by contact.
- 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)
- Avoid using other people's phones, keyboards, silverware, etc.
- Elevator buttons and remote controls are nasty. Politely ask other people to press those buttons for you.
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.