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Do legumes such as lentils and chickpeas leave you feeling bloated and affect your digestion? If so try soaking them before cooking! There are other health benefits to this too. Soaking and boiling foods - for example pulses such as lentils that contain lectins which are hard to digest and phytates that are antinutrients - has been shown by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to denature a certain amount of these compounds.
Try to regularly eat peppers - they are full of nutrients including vitamin C to help boost your immune system! This versatile, low calorie vegetable starts off green and then turns yellow, orange and then red, gradually accumulating more and more valuable antioxidants. The red ones have almost 11 times more of the cancer fighting antioxidant beta-carotene and 1.5 times more vitamin C than the green ones.
For your immune system to work well, make sure that you make plenty of time to rest and to sleep. Our bodies produce proteins called cytokines whilst we sleep. These are one of the first responders to infection by harmful organisms such as bacteria and viruses. Our bodies also produce T-cells whilst we sleep. These are white blood cells which play an essential part in our body’s immune response to an infectious disease.
The Romans called mushrooms the 'Food of the Gods' because of their incredible health benefits.There is reasearch to indicate that mushrooms help with the immune system and also may be able to slow down the onset of certain cancers.
A study by Qing Li published in the journal Environmental Health and Preventative Medicine in 2010 entitled 'Effect of forest bathing trips on human immune function' looked at the effects of being in nature on human immune function. The author concluded that the findings of the study indicate that forest bathing trips increase NK (Natural Killer cell) activity. Just being in nature seems to increases the number of NK cells and the levels of anti-cancer proteins within our cells.