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By improving your nutrition, you can really help bolster your body's natural healing abilities. And that can help get you involved in your recovery process as well.
You know, you can really help your natural immune system by focusing on good, fresh, appetizing food.
I'm not talking about extreme regimes, faddy diets, miracle pills. You know, you've got enough to worry about.
So I just want to get people really enthusiastic.
Well, we're following the guidelines for the World Cancer Research Fund, which recommend five types or portions of fresh fruit and veg a day.
So, I'll start with veg. Really high in fibre, low in sugar.
Great nutritional content. Vitamins, minerals, and these phytonutrients that are like antioxidants. Antioxidants are the phytochemicals that mop up the nasty free radicals in our body which can change our cells and DNA and actually initiate disease.
We've got some real favourites here: The cruciferous family. We're talking broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts.
They contain indols, and these help balance the hormones, and also sulforaphanes, and they help your liver.
Carotenoids are the colours in a lot of vegetables, and so we're talking things like carrots, ripe tomatoes, sweet potato, yam, pumpkin.
These really help bolster up the immune system.
And then I love the allium family. This is garlic, onions, leeks. They're really rich in antibacterial, phytochemicals, and really help stimulate the immune system.
They're actually quite good for helping reduce inflammation.
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