Who Needs Supplements With Food Like This?
By Rebecca Waldron
We all know that supplements are an easy way to get one’s needed vitamins and other nutrients to support the immune system. We also know that not everyone takes supplements and vitamins to ensure they're getting everything they need on a daily basis. Without the added expense of purchasing various bottles of gel caps and tablets, is there a way to make sure we are getting what we need? Yes. We can strengthen our immune system without supplements.
Eat Amazing Food
The basic building blocks of the immune system start at the stomach. The first level of digestion is when the needed nutrients begin to absorb in the stomach. Eating natural healthy foods that serve as a fiber source when broken down is the first step toward good health. The first group of nutrients are Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Beta-Carotene (Vitamin A). Here are a few choices of nutritious foods that will give you a boost of these immune warriors. Spoiler alert: This will include plenty of fruits and veggies.
If there's one fruit that got marketed correctly, it's the orange. Orange and Vitamin C are synonymous. Broccoli and cauliflower have the highest amount of Vitamin C if you're one of those people who doesn't like orange juice or citrus fruits. Add boiled broccoli and cauliflower to melted cheddar cheese and you've got a Vitamin C explosion. All citrus fruits have Vitamin C. If you are around smokers, Vitamin C in your body will decrease and you will need to consume more of this vitamin.
Almonds have the highest daily value of Vitamin E. Spinach (which is also high in Vitamin C), sweet potatoes, and squash also make the list. Eat dark, leafy salads with almonds for a mega dose of Vitamin E, which is good for the skin, too.
All milk products, enriched cereals, and real cheese have plenty of Vitamin D to reach the appropriate levels for all ages. One of the best combinations of food is a citrus fruit with cottage cheese. This will help you with Vitamin C and D. Toss a few almonds in and you’ve got a powerhouse snack. One of the easiest sources of getting Vitamin Di is to take a short walk in the sunlight.
You don’t have to buy supplements to get your nutrients and vitamins. A little tweak here and there in your diet can make the difference.
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