Dietary Strategies to Support a Strong Immune System
Antioxidant rich foods ~ While there is no one food or nutrient that can guarantee health, a balanced diet that includes a variety of protein, whole grains, nuts/seeds, and plenty of fruit and vegetables will help build a strong immune system.
Vitamin D ~ studies continue to link a shortage of this mighty nutrient to many serious diseases including: cancer, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, heart disease and influenza. It is believed that vitamin D increases the body’s production of proteins that destroy viruses.
During the fall and winter months, when the sun in the northern hemisphere is not sufficiently strong to synthesize vitamin D under our skin, adults are advised to take a minimum of 1,000 IUs (international units) of vitamin D per day while children should supplement in the range of 400 IUs daily. Older adults, people with dark skin, those who don’t spend a lot of time outdoors and those who wear clothing that covers most of their skin, should consider supplementing year round. Vitamin D levels can be easily tested through your medical or naturopathic doctor.
The information in this post is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice of your physician. Always consult your physician or other health care professional directly before beginning or changing a course of health treatment.
- 2 large yellow onions, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 1 tsp chili-garlic sauce
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cups sliced mushrooms of choice
- 5 cups low sodium vegetable stock
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup shelled edamame beans, (run frozen beans under hot water for 15 seconds)
- 1 large red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
- 1 large yellow bell pepper, coarsely chopped
- 1 package (about 500 grams or about 2 cups) firm tofu, diced
- 6 Tbsp miso paste, or to taste
- 1 bundle green onion (scallions), finely chopped