The body has a built in network of cells, tissues, and organs to defend against disease and infections called the immune system. The immune system recognizes harmful substances present in viruses, bacteria, and chemicals and creates a barrier so they do not enter the body.
One of the body’s first line of defense is in the white blood cells of the blood. These attack the harmful substances (antigens), help control the immune response, and “remember” the antigen to protect against it in the future.
The foods we eat can enhance or lower the immune system response to the antigens. Sugar and processed foods lower immune response. Natural, raw fruits and vegetables contain vitamins A, C, and E which enhance and support the production of white blood cells and work to counter act the damage from antigens. Juicing the fruits and vegetables releases these vitamins from the fiber and allow them to quickly enter the bloodstream and benefit the body.
Following is a list of some foods that contain the necessary vitamins to help build the immune system. Try a combination of any of these raw foods in your juicer machine to create a healthy immune building drink.
- bell peppper
- sweet potatoes
For more juice recipes ideas on how to build your immune system by juicing, I recommend The Juicing Bible.