A lot of research says eating a plant-based diet can indeed boost your ability to fight off illness. But how?
Working out 4-5 times a week for 30 minutes (or more) is key to cardiovascular health, and eating a vegan diet can help make recoveries from working out quick and painless. Meditation or other forms of stabilizing practices are also key, as when your body is stressed, it has to work harder to fight off disease.
A key component of your body's immune system are T cells. They come in two types - killer and helper T cells. The killer Ts target and irradicate potentially cancerous cells and viruses, and the helper Ts activate our antibodies to fight viruses, bacteria and the like. In tandem they are the x-ray visioned superheroes of our immune system.
The plant based diet is a great support system for T cells, but can it "boost" their ability to fight disease? Some doctors say yes! Because it is packed with fruits and vegetables, WFPB is a great source of the antioxidants Carotenoids and Flavonoids. Not only do they possess anti-viral properties, but together Cartenoids and Flavonoids can also stimulate the activity of T cells and other immune system components, while protecting and enhancing T cell responses, making your immune system respond more quickly and effectively. Pretty amazing, really!
Carrots - packed with carotenoids
Garlic + Ginger - anti-viral and anti-inflammatory
Miso - probiotic, anti-inflammatory, packed with nutrients
Turmeric - anti-inflammatory, antibody support
Tomato - packed with flavonoids
Beets - packed carotenoids
Berries + Grapes/Raisins - packed with both, and blueberries are the best source!
Kale - anti-inflammatory, packed with nutrients, antioxidant rich
Fruits and veggies! Know them, love them, USE THEM. What's that old saying? Let Food Be...
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