Immune Boosting Tips

 

Diet

  • 1 tsp of sugar lowers immune function for up to 5 hours
  • Limit processed or pre-prepared food that contain additives
  • Eat green leafy vegetables every day OR supplement with a greens powder
  • Eat lots of garlic, onions and ginger – can be added to many types of food
  • Drink 1/2 body weight in oz (ex. 150 lbs = 75 oz water daily)
  • Dilute juice as it contains sugar that will decrease immune function – use pure fruit juice with no sugar added
  • Do not drink pop or ice tea
  • Limit caffeine intake
  • Eat complex carbohydrates including brown rice and quinoa – avoid refined carbs becase the sugar content will impact immune function
  • Avoid food allegies and sensitivities  – if you are unsure of  aggravating foods, try limiting dairy and wheat as they are the most common food allergies that impact viral immunity
  • Avoid refined foods such as breads, cookies, donuts, bagels and cakes
  • Eat good quality protein with each meal such as organic chicken and turkey, lentils and beans and “safe fish”.  For more information on good fish choices visit: http://www.doh.wa.gov/ehp/oehas/fish/guide.pdf