When Emergency Workers (health, security, fire or disaster management) are informed of a looming threat, the first thing they do is to “plan” and then “suit-up!” They quickly run by their strategy and get their entire protective or combat gear ready before heading out whether or not the call turns out to be a false alarm. The same applies to our bodies!

The immune system is a host defense system comprising of many biological structures and processes within an organism that protects against disease. When there is eminent danger against our body we should also “strategize” and “suit-up”! Eating a balanced diet is okay under normal circumstances; however, when there’s an outbreak of a disease, we should take our diets to the next level. The mission is EXTRA PROTECTION.

As part of the strategy, we need to identify specific foods that are NATURAL IMMUNE BOOSTERS and incorporate them more in our daily meal plans. This helps resist viruses and bacteria that are in that season thereby reducing the impact of the illness should you fall victim, if not entirely keep them at bay and maintain your status quo.

Even before the advent of conventional medicine, the following TEN foods have been used for thousands of years in maintaining optimal health and keeping away certain ailments:

1. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a type of coarse flour made of hulled oat grains that have either been milled, steel-cut, or rolled. Ground oats are also called white oats. Steel-cut oats are known as coarse oatmeal, Irish oatmeal or pinhead oats. They are gluten-free whole grains and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fiber (beta-glucan) and antioxidants (avenanthramides). They also contain more protein and fat than most grains.

Boost Function:

They help reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, risk of heart disease, risk of childhood asthma and constipation. They promote healthy gut bacteria, weight loss and skin health.

2. Sweet Potato

Sweet potato is a large, starchy, sweet-tasting, tuberous root or root vegetable. The young leaves and shoots are sometimes eaten as greens. They come in a variety of sizes and colors such as orange, white, and purple. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber.

Boost Function:

They protect from free radical damage, chronic disease, and inflammation. They promote growth of good gut bacteria, and eye health.

3. Ginger

Ginger is a flowering plant with roots widely used as a spice and a folk medicine. It is a spice loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain.

Boost Function:

It is high in gingerol, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant properties and helps fight infection. It reduces nausea, sea sickness, muscle pain, muscle soreness, osteoarthritis symptoms, blood sugar levels, risk of heart disease, indigestion, related stomach discomfort, menstrual pain and cholesterol levels.

4. Garlic

Garlic has close relatives – the onion, shallot, leek, chive, and chinese onion. It contains sulfur compounds, which are believed to bring some of the health benefits. It is rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6 and manganese.

Boost Function:

They help reduce the severity of common illnesses like the flu, common cold, hypertension, cholesterol levels, risk of heart disease, risk of Alzheimers disease, risk of Dementia, lead toxicity and related symptoms.

5. Green Tea

Green tea is loaded with polyphenol antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. Unlike black tea, it is not oxidized.

Boost Function:

It inhibits the growth of bacteria and some viruses. It also lowers risk of cancer, risk of Alzheimer’s, risk of Parkinson’s, and blood sugar levels. It promotes metabolic rate, weight loss and brain function.

6. Turmeric

Turmeric is a flowering plant. The roots are used in cooking. It is a bright yellow-orange spice commonly used in curries and sauces. It comes from the turmeric root. The spice has been used for its medicinal, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties for thousands of years.

Boost Function:

It reduces cholesterol levels, arthritis symptoms, prevents Alzheimers disease, risk of cancer, remission of ulcerative colitis and uveitis.

7. Broccoli

Broccoli is an edible green plant in the cabbage family whose large flowering head and stalk is eaten as a vegetable. There are three main varieties of broccoli: Calabrese broccoli, Sprouting broccoli and Purple cauliflower. Broccoli is a nutritional powerhouse full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.

Boost Function:

It support healthy cells and tissues throughout your body, healthy gut bacteria, dental and brain health, fetal development and skin health. It lowers blood sugar, risk of heart disease and tissue damage

8. Citrus Fruits

Citrus is a genus of flowering trees and shrubs that produce citrus fruits. This class of fruits includes lemons, limes, oranges, mandarins and grapefruit which have vitamins, minerals and soluble fiber.

Boost Function:

It lowers cholesterol, hypertension, risk of kidney stones, and risk of cancer. It promotes digestion, weight loss, and brain function.

9. Fermented Foods

Fermentation in food processing is the process of converting carbohydrates to alcohol or organic acids using micro-organisms (yeasts or bacteria) under anaerobic conditions. These include  probiotic and prebiotics. Common fermented foods include kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, tempeh, kombucha, and yogurt.

Boost Function:

These foods may reduce heart disease risk, aid digestion, aid immunity, and weight loss.

10. Dark Chocolate

Dark black chocolate is a form of chocolate containing cocoa solids, cocoa butter, and sugar, without the milk found in milk chocolate. Government and industry standards of what products may be labeled “dark chocolate” vary by country and market. Made from the seed of the cocoa tree, it is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet (without sugar).

Boost Function:

It lowers blood pressure, risk of heart disease, improves skin health and brain function.

PS:

Instead of letting fear get the best of you, the first line of action for longevity is your local grocery store. Whether or not a disease or condition has treatment, the focus should always be on preventive rather than curative care in normal living and crisis survival. Mother Nature always knows best how to protect her own, just pay attention!