What do we need to do to help our body’s be fight off bugs? We all know that eating healthy and exercising are building blocks to this. The healthier you eat the more nutrients your body can take advantage of. The more physical activity you decrease your chance for heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and weak immunity. What super foods should be make sure that we incorporate to our diet and what do they help with? A few of these super foods include: yogurt, oats/barley, garlic, sweet potatoes, and mushrooms.
1.) Yogurt– contains probiotics, aka good bacteria, which help keep your intestinal tract from the “bad germs.”
Recommended daily dose- two 6oz servings
2.) Oats/Barley– contains beta-glucan which contains anti-microbial and antioxidant capabilities.
Recommended daily dose- 1 daily serving of whole grains
3.) Garlic– contains allicin, which fights off infection and bacteria. Studies suggest that individuals who eat more than 6 cloves of garlic/week lower colorectal cancer rate by 30% and stomach cancer rate by 50%!
Recommended daily dose- two cloves/day
4.) Sweet Potatoes– contains beta-carotene, which your body uses to create Vitamin A. Your skin uses Vitamin A to stay healthy. This is extremely important because your skin is the first line of protections against bacteria and viruses.
Daily recommended dose- 1/2 a cup
5.) Mushrooms – Increase the production and activity of WBC (white blood cells), which are the warriors inside of your body that help fight off any foreign invader such as bacteria or viruses.
Daily recommended dose- from 1/4 to 1 ounce/ day