In a previous blog post, we talked about how the immune system is our body’s defense against disease, bacteria and other bad cells/tissues. The system’s main function is to help prevent or limit the spread of infection in the body. We have immune cells in various part of our body such as the skin, bloodstream, bone marrow and lymph nodes. When the body recognizes a foreign substance, the immune cells (also known as white blood cells) produce an immune response- creating antibodies to kill the bad cells.
As the immune system is important in maintaining the health of our bodies by fighting against bad cells (ie. viruses), we must take steps to make sure our immune system is strong and healthy. Our bodies need antioxidants- substances that removes damaging agents. These can be found in vitamins such as:
– Vitamin E
– Vitamin A
– Vitamin B6
There are a number of foods that are rich in the above mentioned vitamins such as:
– Greens (ie. spinach, broccoli)
– Nuts (ie. almonds)
– Orange vegetables (ie. carrots, sweet potatoes)
Let’s try to include these foods and vitamins in our diet as a way to use healthy eating habits to support our immune system.
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