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Immune System Tips: What Fruits Are Good For You?

It starts out with a little tingle in the back of the throat.  You take a sip of water and the tingle vanishes.  Everything is fine– or so it seems.  So, you nod off to sleep.

And the next morning you wake up with a headache and stuffy nose.  

The common cold.  Everyone gets it.  When the seasons change, so does the microscopic world that exists inside of us as well as externally.  When environmental changes occur– say, because of a drop in temperature– it can take a while for the defense mechanism of our bodies to catch up and regain equilibrium.  Often, viruses creep in and invade before we are able to adjust.  As a result, we get sick.  

This is just one of several different scenarios that may play out, resulting in a stuffy nose and a headache.  According to holistic health pioneer Dr. Bernard Jensen, toxic buildup in the body can impede the immune system.  

If you know what fruits are good for you (as well as which sugary fruits to avoid) there are several steps you can take to help fortify your body with the ammunition it needs to fight off infections– or, better yet, stop them from happening in the first place.  

What fruits are good for you when it comes to boosting immune response?  

After germs creep it and latch onto fertile territory inside your body, it’s best to avoid any form of sugar– processed and unprocessed alike.  That’s why experts say that it’s better to avoid fruits if you are already sick.  Instead of adding fuel to the infectious fire burning up your body in the form of sucrose after you’ve already developed congestion, you should plan ahead and juice up in advance of cold season.  

It’s hard to beat the blackcurrant— a lesser-known cousin of the blackberry– when it comes to vitamin C.  Strawberries also are a good choice to add into the mix because they contain polyphenolic and antioxidant compounds that will help give your white blood cells an edge.

Are there any low-sugar vegetables that I should juice after I get sick?

An article written by Sandra C. Miller that appeared in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine stated that Echinacea boosts your immune system’s first line of defense– so called “natural killer” cells.  Young adult mice on Echinacea were able to produce 25 percent more natural killer cells after two weeks compared to mice who weren’t given Echinacea.  Adding echinacea juice to your diet will help your body reap the immune-boosting rewards inside of the plant.

Okay, so technically mushrooms aren’t vegetables.  Mushrooms evolved at a different time in history and have a completely different lineage.  Still, if you want to give your body a boost without adding sugar to your diet, juice up some shiitake mushrooms.  They are excellent for boosting the strength of white blood cells because they contain a substance known as lentinan.  Scientists have known for years about the immune boosting effects of lentinan, which is why they administer it to cancer patients intravenously.  The next best way to get lentinan into your body is by gulping it down in juice form.  The health benefits you will receive will outweigh the funky taste.

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