What is the immune system? The main function of the immune system is to recognize free radicals that surface inside the body and seek to destroy them. Louis Pasteur, who discovered that microorganisms are responsible for infections, claimed that “By strengthening the body, rather than conquering the invading organism, might prove a more effective strategy.” Yet, we totally ignore his assertion as we visit the fast food marketers, smoke, drink heavily, fry foods, consume excessive sugar, indulge in saturate animal and trans fat, drink loads of caffeine, generally pay poor attention to our intake of chemicals, and find every excuse to skip the workouts. All of these bad habits adds up to an enormous load of STRESS on the immune system.

“It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it”
Hans Seyle

According to Greg B. Wilson, Ph.D. and James B. Daily, Jr., Ph.D. “Our health is directly influenced by our immune system.  The onset of almost all infectious and degenerative disease is preceded or accompanied by inadequate immune response.”

Nutrition provides us with the nutritional components that allows our defense to work properly, you have heard the cliché ‘the best offense is a great defense;’ well that analogy fits nicely with the immune system and its efficiency. As Louis Pasteur postulated, “By strengthening the body, rather than conquering the invading organism, might prove a more effective strategy.”

His advice is backed by a legion of studies concluding with the same theme as Dr. Pasteur, prevention pays by lessening the risk of us paying for treatment!

Here are a list of foods that directly aid and strengthen our immune system:

  • Steel cut Oats
  • Watermelon
  • Avocados
  • Mixed Nuts
  • Garlic
  • Cruciferous Veggies
  • Berries
  • Pineapple
  • Oily Fish

Probiotics are a highly recommended supplement that additionally strengthens gut health which is a central station for our immune system.

Be WELL!!

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