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Issue #28-- Stay Healthy With These Immune Boosting Foods
December 12, 2005

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December 12, 2005 Issue #028


1) Stay Healthy With These Immune Boosting Foods
2) Are You Eating Teflon in Your Popcorn?
3) What You Put On Your Body Is As Important As What You Put In Your Body
4) Healthy Products and Services

Stay Healthy With These Immune Boosting Foods

  • Garlic is antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal and increases immune function. Itís also a good source of selenium, an important trace element, and sulfur, which is important for healthy liver function.
  • Onions are also a good source of sulfur and contain the same properties as garlic
  • Cruciferous vegetables including broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, are good sources of betacarotene and help protect against free-radical damage. They also contain vitamin C and calcium.
  • Spinach and other leafy greens also contain beta carotene, the precursor to vitamin A, vitamin C and calcium.
  • Orange vegetables, like sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin and squash are a good source of vitamin A
  • Raisins, kiwi fruit, blueberries and oranges are good sources of vitamin C. To increase the amount of vitamin C from your oranges, thinly peel the skin off with a knife, leaving the white bioflavonoid rich inner peel.
  • Chinese cabbage is a good source of vitamin A
  • California avocados are rich in vitamin A and potassium and also contain folic acid and magnesium.
  • Shiitake and maitake mushrooms increase the bodyís production of white blood cells, which are part of the immune system
  • Ginger helps the body fight off infection and has traditionally been used in treating colds and flu
  • Turmeric enhances the immune system and has a detoxifying effect
  • Horseradish contains oils that have demonstrated antibiotic properties and has been effective against infections

The best way to keep your immune system strong is to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, including several immune boosting foods every day. Eat at least 50% raw. Donít overcook your cooked food, it destroys the immune enhancing properties. Buy organic or pesticide-free foods and season with immune boosting herbs and spices.

If you find it just too difficult to include an abundance of fresh whole immune boosting foods, or would just like to add a little extra antioxidant protection, I recommend GreensFirst which is an antioxidant rich whole food powder that contains the equivalent of 10 servings of fruits and vegetables in one scoop. It tastes so good that itís guaranteed youíll love the taste or your money back.

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your comments or questions about this discussion. I cannot answer each question individually, but I will attempt to address questions in the next newsletter.

Are You Eating Teflon in Your Popcorn?

You may be if you eat microwave popcorn. A grease-resistant coating used in microwave popcorn breaks down into perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a possible carcinogen.

If youíve read my page on Healthy Cooking you already know that Iím not a fan of microwave cooking.

A better way to enjoy popcorn is to make it in a hot air popper and drizzle some melted butter over it, sprinkle it with Celtic Sea salt and a little parmesan cheese.

What You Put On Your Body Is As Important As
What You Put In Your Body

If youíre reading this newsletter, chances are that youíre conscious about eating healthy food, or are in the process of making the transition to healthy eating.

However, did you know that what you put on your skin can be absorbed directly into your blood stream? And did you know that many of the ingredients in your soap, shampoo, shaving cream, lotions, baby products, to name a few, contain harmful ingredients? Some even cause cancer. Some of the products that contain cancer-causing ingredients also contain ingredients that are penetration enhancers Ė they increase the absorption of these harmful ingredients into your bloodstream.

If youíre eating healthy foods to improve your health and youíre using products on your skin with health destroying ingredients, youíre diluting the beneficial effect of the healthy foods, maybe even nullifying it. To make sure that youíre not cancelling out the beneficial effect of the healthy foods youíre eating, you also need to pay attention to the ingredients in your cosmetics and personal care products. Iíve made it easy for you in the new revised edition of my book, DYING TO LOOK GOOD. If you havenít already picked up your copy, you can get it for the special holiday price of $9.95 only until 9 p.m. PST. This is a $3.00 discount off the regular $12.95 price.

Do yourself a favor. Give yourself and those you love the gift of health. More information.

Healthy Products and Services

The 2004 Edition of FOOD ADDITIVES: A Shopper's Guide To What's Safe & What's Not lists 800 food additives classified according to safety, whether they may cause allergic reactions and if they are GRAS Generally Recognized As Safe) by the FDA. New to this edition is information on how to identify genetically modified produce in the grocery store. It's a handy pocket-sized book that you can carry with you when you shop to help you read food labels and make sure the food you're buying has only healthy ingredients. It will help you choose healthy foods when you shop and keep harmful chemicals out of the food you feed your family.

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HEALTHY EATING: For Extremely Busy People Who Don't Have Time For It tells you what's healthy and what's not in a clear, concise and easy-to-use format. It gives you a system so easy to use that you can't help but succeed at eating healthfully. In less than 15 minutes, you will know how to choose healthy food and be on the right track to eating healthfully.

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Healthy Eating Coaching
If you would like personal, one-on-one help to get yourself eating healthfully, I offer healthy eating coaching/nutritional consulting services by telephone. The first session is free. You just have to pay for the call.

To schedule your no charge evaluation, send me an e-mail with NO CHARGE EVALUATION in the subject line. Tell me what your concerns are, what times you are available, and what time zone you're in. I will send you an e-mail with your appointment date and time, and the phone number for you to call.

Written by Christine H. Farlow, D.C.
Your Personal Online Healthy Eating Coach
(c) copyright 2004
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