Juicing for the Immune System

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.

  • kiwi
  • oranges
  • blueberries
  • bell peppper
  • broccoli
  • spinach
  • wheatgrass
  • carrots
  • sweet potatoes

For more juice recipes ideas on how to build your immune system by juicing, I recommend The Juicing Bible.

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  1. If a person exercises very hard, and this is the best way to work out to really benefit the body, the immune system will get weakened. It is essential that a person eat well and, for me, juicing is the best way to keep the immune system working well. If I work out hard and eat poorly, I get sick and then I have to wait 10 days to get back to exercise and it feels like staring over. I hope I have learned my lesson and will juice a couple of times a day for the rest of my life. The feeling of vigor and strength that hard exercise brings is so precious that to lose it from poor nutrition, is a stupid mistake many of us make.

    1. Thanks Doug. Great point. During exercise the body releases free radicals which can harm the body if not eliminated. The vitamins especially antioxidants in fresh juices help the body safely handle these free radicals to keep our immune system healthy. I think most people don’t even realize this.

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