(Originally published April 21, 2009. Updated 3 May, 2017)
How can I boost my immune system without popping pills?
When I was diagnosed with cancer, I determined to do everything possible to fight this disease. In addition to surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and medication, I knew I needed to boost my immune system. Yet every book I read seemed to tell me one more thing I shouldn’t eat. I soon developed the knack of fast forwarding past all articles on nutrition.
Eventually, I decided to visit a qualified dietitian.
“Not enough vegetables or fruit!” she declared.
I found that surprising, as I made a point of serving several vegetables at every meal. However, she sent me to the shops to buy a juice extractor and an assortment of fresh fruit and vegetables.
She told me to start each day with a cocktail of beetroot, carrot, orange, apple, and red grapes. This would supply me with an excellent multi-vitamin and mineral supplement, including high levels of Vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium, folate, flavonoids, phytochemicals and fibre. Ongoing research demonstrates that these compounds boost immunity as well as help fight diseases including cancer and heart disease.
The dietitian warned me to start with a small serving and take a week to build up to a full glass. If I couldn’t get one of the ingredients, I could exchange it, but preferably with other brightly colored fruit. The combination sounded terrible. It looked worse. It resembled blood.
Early Morning Kick-start to my Immune System
The first morning it was all I could do to force myself to take a mouthful of the beet-colored liquid. Surprise! The drink was delicious. Nineteen years later (2017), my husband and I both commence every morning with at least five vegetable and fruit servings before breakfast. The drink gives us energy for the day, and we know that we’re encouraging our immune systems to keep guard over our bodies.
(Note, this is processed in a juice extractor or juicer, not a liquidizer, food processor or blender. We will look at these in more detail later.)
Are you doing all you can to build up your body’s defenses? Watch what you eat, and start drinking vegetables for breakfast.
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