Monday, October 29, 2018

8 Eating Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Immune System

1) Eat real food—food you can pronounce. Avoid foods that have ingredients too complex to read.

2) Eat a "rainbow" of foods—foods of all colors, considering these foods contain bioflavonoids (super antioxidants).

3) Eat an adequate amount of fiber (approx. 30 to 40 grams/day). Fiber assists the body rid itself of toxins that may be absorbed into the bloodstream. The fact is, fiber can be found in many foods but is especially abundant in fresh fruits, vegetables, and some grains.

4) Try incorporating plant-based complete proteins into your diet, for example: edamame, quinoa, soy, and tofu.

5) Lower your consumption of total fats in your diet, especially trans fatty acids (e.g. partially hydrogenated oils) and saturated (solid) fats.

6) Lower your in-take of processed foods (such as fast food or junk food), antibiotics and hormones (found in chicken, beef, and dairy products).

7) Avoid foods containing high-fructose corn syrup or foods that have some form of sugar (or sweetener) listed in the top 3 ingredients on the label; they have very little nutritional value.

8) Drink plenty of water. Proper hydration helps eliminate metabolic byproducts and toxins; it also is vital for optimal physical and mental health.

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