Many do may not know, but within our bodies daily we are developing cancer cells daily and with a strong immune system we kill those cells. I know, maybe that is extreme, but here is an article that talks a bit about it.
So lets get into what helps us strengthen our immune systems. There are specific foods that have some immune boosting agents. Now I know as a chiropractor your expect me to discuss immunity and chiropractic adjustments. Well we have been instructed through almost all chiropractic boards across the United States to avoid those kind of comments. So I will abide by them. What I will say is that our nervous system controls everything about us. The better our nervous system functions the better we function. As your San Diego Chiropractor, we specialize in adjusting the spine to improve nervous system function. Let us leave it at that for now and back to our program of immune systems.
We will dive right into 5 core nutrient groups that help boost the immune system:
1. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a antioxidant which allows our body to fend off free radicals. Free radicals can actually lower the immune system. So by destroying the free radicals helps the immune system.
Some great sources for Vitamin C are:
- Citrus Fruits (Grapefruit and Oranges)
2. Vitamin E
Vitamin E is much like Vitamin C in regards to being an antioxidant that helps fend off free radicals. This is extremely beneficial for all but especially with aging adults.
Some examples of great sources for Vitamin E are:
- Sunflower Seeds
Before getting into what a Carotenoid is, it is vastly important to realize that they are much easier absorbed when being consumed along with fats. Carotenoids when consumed will actually be produced into Vitamin A. Again overall this is for antioxidant process within your body to help keep a stronger immune system.
Great sources of Carotenoids are:
- Sweet Potato
Zinc is important because it aids in the production of immune cells. Lower levels of zinc can be related to lower levels of immune system.
Great sources for Zinc are:
- Seafood (Oysters, Grab, Lobster)
- Raisin Bran
- Baked Beans
5. Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Vast majority of people have heard about Omega 3 fatty acids via fish oil at some point in time. It is know to help reduce inflammation. The more inflammation in our bodies the worse it handles stressors (virus, bacteria, etc).
Some great sources of Omega 3 Fatty Acids are:
- Oily Fish ( Salmon, Tuna, Sardines)
For several other food options that can boost your immune system check out these other 15 foods that boost your immune system.
Again as your San Diego chiropractor, it my mission to make sure you have the best available knowledge at your finger tips. Our mission here at Gonstead Family Chiropractic is to make sure our San Diego community is as healthy as it possibly can be at all times. If you have any health questions outside of nutrition and related to back pain, neck pain, headaches, whiplash, etc. Give us a call and we would be more than happy to help answer those questions for you. If you are seeking nutrition, please reach out and we can help provide you with that information as well We are doing Telemed (video conference) appointments if need be for nutrition as well as new patients (range of motion, etc) during this unprecedented time in our lives.
We want to wish you all the best and hope you remain happy as well as health throughout this.
Gonstead Family Chiropractic
78222 Convoy Court
San Diego, CA 92111