What we eat has not only an effect on our appearance but above all on the internal condition of our body. The immune system is very complex, it consists of white blood cells, proteins called immunoglobulins and many components that stimulate these cells to function – like cytokines and interleukins. All of them need enough raw materials for their construction – proteins, vitamins, and minerals.
Some have considered it a myth to support immunity, but studies clearly show that deficiency of this vitamin reduces the production of T cells, the main cells of the immune system. Vitamin C not only stimulates the production of T lymphocytes but also strengthens their antiviral and antibacterial effects. However, for it to fulfill its task, it must be delivered every day. It should be remembered that the sicker we are, the more demand it grows because its supplies are used to fight pathogens.
– yellow pepper – 183.5 mg;
– kale – 120 mg;
– kiwi – 92.7 mg;
– broccoli – 89.2 mg;
– strawberry – 58.8 mg;
– orange – 53.2 mg;
– lemon – 44.2 mg ‘
It consists of 8 compounds belonging to tocopherols and tocotrienols.
It is irreplaceable in our body, prevents among other things inflammation, from which chronic diseases develop, and lipid oxidation (important in the prevention of atherosclerosis), affects libido, muscle work, and their fatigue, hypertension, anemia and many others. Most but it does not provide us with the right amount, because in animal products there is virtual no, and in most plants in small quantities. The exception is wheat germ and pressed oil, sunflower seeds, almonds, hazelnuts, olive oil, and avocado.
Silage – probiotics
Pickled products are the best source of healthy bacteria, i.e. lactobacilli inhabiting our intestines. Together, they weigh about 1.5 kg, of which 85% are bacteria of the genus Lactobacillus. The amount of vitamin C is increased in the caged products, vitamin K2 is formed, B vitamins and vitamins and minerals from individual vegetables and fruits that we use for ensiling. Organic acids are also formed (eg lactic, formic, acetic or propionic acid) that inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria, fungi, and protozoa in the gastrointestinal tract. The greater the beneficial bacterial flora, the less space for pathogens!
Besides, bacteria seal the intestines and help digest food residue, protect against autoimmune diseases, increase leukocyte activity and the production of interferon, interleukin, immunoglobulin A – an anti-cancer substance and anti-inflammatory. Not only in the winter, but it is recommended to eat pickled cucumbers, cabbage, and apple vinegar throughout the whole year. You can also make your sourdough for bread (such leaven neutralizes additionally anti-nutritive substances) or borscht.
Prebiotics – a medium for bacteria
If the already friendly bacteria have settled in our intestines, we need to ensure that they are properly fed. Unlike people, they can not live on processed food and fast food. They need natural ingredients containing, among others fiber and fructooligosaccharides. So let’s add green vegetables and salads, garlic, leeks, onions, fresh fruits, especially bananas, as well as tomatoes, asparagus, artichokes, natural honey, flaxseed, oats, and legumes to the daily diet.
Remember that consumption of refined flour and sugar, sweets and processed foods inhibits the development of healthy bacterial flora, and promotes the development of fungi that weaken the body and cause several diseases.