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Foods and Supplements that Support Immune Health

“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition” Thomas Edison (1847-1931)

When looking at the history of immunology, it is apparent that the earliest milestone was the vaccination. In 1796, Edward Jenner introduced the small pox vaccine, and admittedly these practices had their benefits, However, by the late 18th to early 19th century, forward thinking of men, like Thomas Edison, began making some very accurate predictions.

While pharmaceuticals are still beneficial and are widely used, it is becoming apparent that the foods we eat may be the most powerful medicines of all.

1. Grass Fed Unpasteurized Organic Milk
Organic milk which comes from grass-fed down contains bacteria and beneficial fats that boost the immune system and can decrease allergies. It is packed with zinc, vitamin A, and enzymes and is not related to health problems associated with pasteurized milk, such as skin rashes, diarrhea, cramps and rheumatoid arthritis.

whey protein 2. Whey Protein
It was good enough for Little Miss Muffett. Since raw milk may be hard to come by, it can be substituted with whey protein that also comes from grass-fed cows for similar health benefits.
Whey is a liquid that separates out from the curd in cheese production, hence curds and whey. It dries to a powdered form in which the nutrients are concentrated and is prepared for packaging and use. In addition, because whey protein contains immunoglobulins and beta glucan, it can fight colds and flu while supporting the detoxification process in the body.

3. Fermented Foods
Fermented foods are perhaps the most crucial in improving immunity and kefir is one of the most helpful examples. It is rich in enzymes and packed with microorganisms to boost immunity and keep your “inner ecosystem” running efficiently. Other fermented foods include kimchee, tempeh, pickles, sauerkraut, olives, and yogurt. The secret behind fermented foods is their high levels of friendly bacteria which effect the gut’s immune system, which protects against pathogens and helps to produce antibodies.

4. Organic Raw Eggs From Free- Range Chickens
If Sly Stallone can eat them, so can you. Raw eggs are an exceptional source of high-quality fat and protein that many people lack. As long as you have a reliable source for getting these babies, you need not fear salmonella.

coconut oil 5. Coconut Oil And Coconuts
Coconut oil is an excellent source of lauric acid, which your body converts to monolaurin. Monolaurin is the compound in breast milk responsible for keeping a baby’s immunity healthy. It is also beneficial to the thyroid and improves metabolism. According to research, lauric acid also has the ability to disturb lipid membranes of disruptive organisms. Try to choose coconuts and coconut oils that are unrefined, unbleached, and organic, produced without chemicals or heat processing and are non-GMO.

ORAC Values
ORAC is the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity and the ORAC score is a way of assigning a value to the antioxidant value of foods and supplements, with the higher scores representing the most effective foods. You can check a food’s ORAC score on the ORAC Values website. Stay well and eat well during this flu season and load up on the foods with the biggest nutritional content and feel free to let us know what foods are getting you through this cold and flu season.