Diet To Help Support The Immune System.
I am not a medical professional, my medical knowledge is limited. I am not giving medical advice I am posting what I have learned from getting ill from Lyme. I will post a flow chart below of how I believe the Immune System works.
Phospolipids provide support and protection to our cells by surrounding them. Our body also needs them to repair. They also help lower inflammation in the body. They are even key in helping our bodies fight infection and cancer. One of the best sources of phospolipids is Ghee.
Your body cannot process it if it does not have enough choline. Good sources of choline are Green Vegetable, Milk , Chicken , Kidney Beans , Grapefruit , Peanuts,
Almonds and Brown Rice.
Good source of phospolipids are Ghee, Flax Seed Oil , Coconut Oil , And most other oils. Eggs also contain them.
Function Of The Spleen
The Spleen stores blood including Lymphocytes (white blood cells) . It also helps remove damaged blood cells and platelets. It also destroys bacteria and other foreign substances.
Breaks down and detoxifies substances in our bodies.
Converts stored sugar to usable sugar.
Breaks down hemoglobin and Insulan.
Destroys old blood red blood cells.
Stores vitamins like B12, Folic Acid , Iron , Vitamin A , Vitamin D , and Vitamin K.
Do not take too many vitamins it can be hard on the liver. Some are not but research which ones aren’t. I only take a multivitamin twice a week. Any more then that and you are probably wasting your money because you will just pee them out.
Don’t over indulge in alcohol.
Stay away from trans fats they are very hard on the liver.
Do not use GM (Genetically Modified) foods, they contain BT Toxins
(Bacillus Thuringiensis) they are very hard on the whole body.
Drink tea or coffee just not in excess. They have been shown to lower the risk of kidney disease.
Try not to take pain killers , like acetaminophen they are toxic to the liver.
Don’t touch or breath in toxins, your skin and lungs are like a sponge and will absorb them.
The lymph glands contain lymphocytes (white blood cells) . The lymphocytes in the lymph nodes respond to antigens produced by pathogens. They make antibodies, which target the pathogens producing the antigens.
Lymphatic System Health
Eat a diet that contains Vitamin A. Vitamin A allows for the proper gene activation within lymph nodes. Sweet potatoes, kale , Pumpkin, Carrots , and Fish are high in Vitamin A.
Avoid processed foods and sugar.
Eat complex carbohydrates. Fruits and Vegetables , Whole Grains , Nuts , Seeds , Legumes , and Diary Products have complex carbohydrates.
Drink some tea.
Eat lots of polyunsaturated fats. Good sources of these are, sunflower seeds , sesame seeds , chia seeds, seeds in general, peanuts , olive oil , canola oil , ghee, whole grain wheat , oily fish.
Vitamin D also helps support the Lymphatic System.
Bone Marrow produces red blood cells and lymphocytes (white blood cells) to support the immune system. Bone Marrow also produces stem cells.
Bone Marrow Health
Eat dark leafy greens that are high in iron. Raisons , Prunes and Apricots are good sources of iron.
Avoid chemical additives.
Avoid consuming too much alcohol.
Avoid GM (genetically modified) foods. They contain BT Toxins.
Get lots of protein. I have found egg protein helps me a lot, it contains albumin which helps the muscles. Whey protein is another good source of protein. Do not take soy protein, especially if you are a male it can make you grow breast.
Eat foods high in Vitamin B6 (pyridoxal) It is used to form hemoglobin, it also plays an important role in producing energy to sustain cells. Good sources of that are Eggs, Whole Grains , Milk , Potatoes.
Eat foods high in B Vitamins (folic acid). Helps to produce red blood cells. Good sources are Brown Rice , Green Vegetables , Beans.
The intestines contribute a lot to our health and so does our stomach. If we put bad things in our body like GM foods with the BT Toxins then we can affect the health of our whole body. The intestine helps to break down our food to make it more easier for the body to convert it to energy. It also helps to fight infection. To do these things properly it needs butyric acid. Butyric Acid also helps break the food down so your body can more readily use it, it also helps protect your stomach , nerve repair, and also helps fight infection. It has also been shown to help fight cancer. Good sources of that are Ghee , flax seed oil, oats, sweet potatoes , fruits, and vegetables , nuts also your body will produce it if you eat a high fiber diet. I would and a probiotic to the mix to help with digestion to replace any enzymes you my have lost.
Another thing you need for colon health is a prebiotic, That is fiber that your body cannot easily digest. Good sources of prebiotics are Wheat Bran , Bananas , Onion.
I wasn’t sured were to put this in my blog. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) helps everything. It is vital to get enough vitamin C to help the immune system. Vitamin C helps remove toxins, heavy metals , lowers cholesterol , it pretty much helps protect our body from everything. Studies have found that vitamin C is extremely good at help to protect from upper respiratory infection. Vitamin C helps with the absorption of iron, healing and growth of collagen, Some of the best sources of vitamin C are c antelope , citrus fruits , broccoli , cabbage , peppers , kiwi , tomatoes.
Vitamin E (d-alpha-tocopheral , d-alph-acetate, d-alpho-tocopheral succinate) are the forms that you will find it in if you take a vitamin E supplement. If there is a “dl” at the beginning do not take it because it is derived petroleum . The ones that begin only with a D are the ones that are from natural sources. We need polyunsaturated fats but our body uses more vitamin E when we consume them so we need to make sure we get enough vitamin E. Vitamin E serves a lot of the same functions as vitamin C . It helps protect our bodies from free radicals, protects the heart , helps our vision , even helps keep the blood healthy , helps arthritis, helps leg pain, helps blood vessels, helps protect us from hardening of the arteries , helps protect from cancer , it also helps with Alzheimer, helps with chronic fatigue, the list goes on and on . Do not take too much because you can take enough that it becomes toxic. That is why I prefer natural sources of vitamin E. You should take it with a fat because it is fat soluble. You could use coconut oil, flax seed oil or ghee. Good sources of vitamin E are leafy greens , tropical fruits , nuts , peppers , vegetable oils and olive oil , just about all the natural oils have it , whole wheat , and tomatoes.
Zinc improves cardio vascular health. Helps prevent diabetes , has antioxidant effects , improves sleep it is necessary for the metabolism of melatonin. Zinc also improves energy, boost the immune system , speeds wound healing and helps with ADHD symptoms. Sources of Zinc are shell fish , red meats , pumpkin or squash seeds , nuts , dark chocolate , poultry , beans , legumes . The zinc in fruits and vegetables cannot be used by the body.
Beta-Carotene is an antioxidant, it enhances and strengthens the immune system to help fight infections. It also promotes proper cell communication , protects our DNA and helps protect the brain from again. Sources of Beta-Carotene are peas , orange fruits and vegetables , dark leafy greens , sweet red peppers and broccoli.
Every organ depends on magnesium. Magnesium needs vitamin D and vice versa. Magnesium is needed for biochemical reactions in the body. Magnesium also helps reduce high blood pressure , it helps alleviate gastrointestinal problems, it helps regulate blood sugar levels , helps maintain a healthy heart , helps strengthen
our bones healthy bones mean a healthier immune system. Magnesium is also a powerful detoxifier and helps reduce your risk for cancer. Magnesium also needed to maintain normal nerve and muscle function, keeps the immune system healthy, and helps maintain heart rythom. Sources of magnesium are dark leafy greens , nuts and seeds , beans , lentils , whole grains , avocados , dairy products , bananas , dark chocolate , shell fish , black tea , blackstrap molasses.
Vitamin D helps maintain healthy bones healthy bones means a healthier immune system. Vitamin D also helps the body absorb minerals better, stabilizes sugar levels and guards against insulin resistance. It also regulates many genes in the body.
If you are interested in this post you may also be interested my my other post on being healthy. https://iamajuicer.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/diet-to-help-with-pots-av-block-and-detox-issues/