Fitness and Exercise, Health, Immune System

Boost Your Immune System NOW!

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Once exposed to a virus, our body’s ability to fight it off is determined by the strength of our immune system.

A healthy body is more resistant to a viral attack. By supporting our immune system with what it needs, we can boost our body’s defenses for longer, stronger and healthier lives.

Here are the most important ways to fortify our immune system.

1. Eat nutrient dense foods.

At least 80% of our immune system resides in the gut. There is an undeniable connection between good nutrition and good immunity.

Avoid foods that are heavily processed and nutritionally bankrupt, or foods that are inflammatory (alcohol, sugar, artificial sweeteners, dairy, animal products, most foods that come in a box, crinkly package, bag, etc.). Foods with ingredients you can’t pronounce or define should be avoided. If you can’t easily make it in your own kitchen, don’t eat it. If it doesn’t grow on a tree or in the soil, it probably isn’t healthy. If it has a mother or a face, it does not have phytonutrients.

Instead, choose foods that are rich in phytonutrients.

Phytonutrients are compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and are found exclusively in plant foods. They support the body’s ability to heal and protect itself and there are thousands of them found in plants.

In his book Super Immunity, Dr. Joel Fuhrman identified the most powerful, immune supporting foods we should be eating every day to help fight disease and promote longevity.  He created the acronym G-BOMBS to help us to remember them.

Greens:  in particular, green leafy vegetables (such as kale, collards, bok choy, Swiss chard and more) are the most nutrient dense food on the planet.

Beans:  nutritional powerhouses, rich in fibre, slowly digested, with a stabilizing effect on blood sugar. Favorable for diabetics. They are also very filling and provide  you with protein.

Onions: anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic and anti-cancer properties.

Mushrooms: anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer properties, stimulate the immune system & prevent DNA damage. (eat these cooked)

Berries: the highest antioxidant rich food on the planet with anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects.

Seeds and Nuts: rich in minerals, phytosterols and a source of healthy fats that aid in the absorption of nutrients (eat these raw and unsalted, about 1 once per day).

These foods naturally strengthen the immune system. There are a variety of ways to make them last. you can buy them fresh and freeze them, buy them already frozen, or make soup, casseroles or chili and freeze. I have many free recipes for you to enjoy. Search this site for recipes like this easy to make 2 Bean Mexican Delight.

I also have free recipes demonstrated by myself, my husband Rick and many of our talented, plant based friends.

Check out the free Be Green With Amy YouTube Channel

2) Support your gut:

Your body needs a healthy balance of good bacteria in your gut.  Eating nutrient dense foods and avoiding animal products and processed foods are the best way to build a healthy gut bacteria and immune system. 

3) Reduce your stress.

Stress can wreak havoc on the body mentally, emotionally and physically, including weakening our immune system. When we are stressed, the immune system’s ability to do its job is compromised and can make us more vulnerable to infection and disease. Meditation, yoga, dancing, listening to your favorite music, are just some of the ways to reduce stress. Find activities you most enjoy.

Check out my videos on these beginner, easy to do forms of meditation:

Alsketchi Drawing

Introduction to Tai Chi 

Chair Yoga 

Laughter Yoga

4) Adequate sleep:

Your body heals and restores while you sleep.   Not getting enough sleep suppresses your immune system.  It is recommended that you get 8 hours a day for adults (and even more for kids) for strong immune health.

A healthy body is more resistant to a viral attack:  by supporting our immune system with what it needs, we can boost our body’s defenses for longer, stronger, healthier lives.

5.  Exercise- find an activity that you enjoy, not something you try to talk yourself out of doing.  Learn more from my blogs:

Is Exercise Necessary?  

Exer…sighs

The Right Way to Wash Your Hands!

Important message to those on prescription drug medications (especially blood pressure, blood thinner and diabetes medications: If you adopt this lifestyle you may see a SIGNIFICANT change in your need for medications in a very short period of time (sometimes a few days)!!!

Please monitor your blood pressure, glucose levels, etc. Work with your physician as your body can heal so quickly that you could become dangerously overmedicated!!

Many people who have adopted this lifestyle have (with their doctor’s supervision) significantly reduced or eliminated prescription (and over the counter) medications. 

The body is a miraculous, self healing machine.

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I have helped many people maintain this lifestyle. If you would like help to learn ways to navigate this lifestyle, please contact me for a coaching session. I have learned many strategies, tips and hacks while coaching people since 2012. I would love to help you be successful as well.

Amy holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell

If you would like to help support my blog, consider shopping on my Amazon Store for Whole Food, Plant Based kitchen gadgets, books, food, home delivered food and more!

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Acorn Squash, Broccoli, Butternut Squash, Carrots, Cauliflower, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Mushrooms, Need to know, Onions, potato, Tips, Tricks and Hacks

Keep Fresh Produce From Spoiling

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Once you have unpacked your produce and it is dry and separated, follow this guide below:

Vegetables:

Greens:   Lettuce and Greens should be wrapped in paper towels and place in one of the eco green bags or a zip lock bag.  Remove as much air as possible and place the wrapped greens in your vegetable drawer. Another way to keep it fresh is to use these produce bags.

If your greens wilt, submerge them in ice water for 30-45 minutes and they will be back to crispy!

Broccoli :  Wrap loosely with a damp paper towel and store in the Veggie drawer.  You may have to dampen the paper towel if you don’t consume within a few days.

Carrots:  If they have greens attached, immediately remove green tops and save them if you plan to use for later.  Store the carrots in a covered container (glass is preferred) filled with water.

Cauliflower:  Place it in a plastic bag and store in the Vegetable drawer.

Corn:  Technically corn should be eaten within a day or two of receiving it.  If you are going to store it, make sure you store it in a plastic bag that is sealed.

Cucumbers:  Cucumbers are sensitive to temperatures below 50 degrees F so technically they should be stored on the counter FAR AWAY from any bananas, tomatoes or melons.   If you do store them in the refrigerator store them towards the front of the shelf and off the bottom shelf  in the warmest area of your refrigerator.

Eggplant:  Do not refrigerate.  Keep it in a cool spot away from direct sunlight and use it as soon as possible after buying.  Do not seal it in a plastic bag.

Mushrooms:  Keep them unopened in their original packaging.  If you buy in bulk, keep them in a brown paper bag in the vegetable drawer.

Onions:  Store them at room temperature far away from potatoes and any fruit.

Potatoes:  Potatoes do best in a dark environment at about 45-50 degree F.  In warmer locations, that climate simply doesn’t exist. Room temperature in the summer is typically around 75 degrees.  If you are using them up quickly store them in a dry dark place that is cool but AWAY from any onions or fruit (except apples which can help keep them from sprouting sooner).  You can store them in the refrigerator on one of the warmer spots but make sure they are dry.  If they are wet when you receive them, let them dry out for a day before storing them

Winter Squash like Butternut and Acorn:  Store in cool dry place with low humidity.  Make sure you always have a stem on the squash if you are planning to store for long periods.  Stemless squash should be eaten immediately.

Learn how I make a healthy salad and why you should eat it every day!

As I mentioned in my other article, Easy Tips to Help keep Your Produce From Spoiling – Unpacking,  Green Produce Bags, and these containers are helpful in preserving produce freshness.

Please remember to follow me by clicking on the FOLLOW link.

Also, Subscribe to my Be Green With Amy YouTube Channel for recipe demos, lifestyle hacks and more! 

Is it easy to make a change? Now, more than ever, the world needs to make a change in their lifestyle. Please share this with everyone you know!

Need someone to get you through this? Contact Amy. 

I have helped many people maintain this lifestyle. If you would like help to learn ways to navigate this lifestyle, please contact me for a coaching session. I have learned many strategies, tips and hacks while coaching people since 2012. I would love to help you be successful as well.

Amy holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell

If you would like to help support my blog, consider shopping on my Amazon Store for Whole Food, Plant Based kitchen gadgets, books, food, home delivered food and more!

If you would like to donate to help me with the costs of maintaining this website, recipe development, social media publicity and more, please donate here

Be Strong, Be Well and Be Green!