- Sleep is essential:While we sleep our body is taking this time to produce more white blood cells, particularly the T-helper cells which act like the security guards of our immune system, when we don’t sleep or don’t get quality sleep the strength of these immune cells is compromised and inflammatory cells flourish.
- Eliminate sugar and refined foods:Similar to sleep deprivation, sugar also suppresses immune cell function leaving you more vulnerable to bacteria and virus. Avoid canned soft drink, packaged fruit juices, caffeine, alcohol, biscuits and sweets, and increase water with fresh lemon and fruit.
- Increase green and brightly coloured fruit and vegetables:All fruit and vegetables contain beneficial phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals, by mixing up the colours on your plate you will have a broader range of these immune enhancing nutrients and antioxidants to help you system fend off viruses and bacteria.
- Protein is essential:Our cells require the amino acids from proteins to grow and develop. Eat a broad range of protein rich foods such as fish, chicken, quinoa, nuts, seeds and legumes.
- Seek advice:If you are prone to getting ill consult a Naturopath or Herbalist to prescribe you a suitable herbal tonic.
- Highest in boosting the immunity – garlic, soybeans, ginger, liquorice and the umbelliferous vegetables (e.g. carrots, celery, parsley and parsnips).
- Moderate in boosting the immunity – onions, linseed (flaxseed), citrus, turmeric, cruciferous vegetables (e.g. Broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower), solanaceous (tomatoes and peppers), brown rice and whole wheat (avoid if you are gluten sensitive).
- Modest in boosting the immunity – oats and
barley, cucumber and the kitchen herbs such as mint, rosemary, thyme, oregano,
sage and basil.Dr Santhosh also gave tips on dealing with chemotherapy and recipes that can be read on the bottom of the page, Click Here >
With two sessions of chemotherapy down and two to go, its the Chocolate Big M’s that has been the desired beverage, other than that its morning juice, a cup of tea and refreshing water. During the week breakfast of porridge topped with walnuts, chia seeds and yoghurt is consumed, whilst on weekends poached eggs with spinach and mushrooms is norm. When starting my day with a ravishing appetite it can be a poached egg on toast after the juice and porridge! Another unusual, but something has been a favourite in the past is dark chocolate coated liquorice. Other than that, its been lots of homemade soup and meals, a spoonful of aloe vera juice and vitamins here and there. All good for me!
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