In a time were people are looking for the solution, it is important to stay sober or how the Dutch people say ‘nuchter’. There is no quick fix or solution to beat some diseases. I want to make clear that before you even think I am going to give you the solution, this is a general advice to keep yourself in the best of health. 🙂 It is science based information, but remember every 10 years this information gets adjusted.
How do you ensure a good immune system?
By eating healthy, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly, your immune system remains as high as possible. With good resistance, your body is more resistant to pathogenic bacteria and viruses and you are less likely to get sick. If you do get sick, you will recover faster.
By eating according to Myplate/ de schijf van vijf/ eatwell guide you get all the good substances you need, such as minerals, vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates, fats and fiber. If you eat healthy and also sleep well and exercise, you ensure optimal resistance.
My advice in short (this is based on the Dutch “De schijf van vijf” chart) also known as 5 categories of Myplate:
- Eat a lot of fruit and vegetables; daily at least 250 grams of vegetables and 2 servings of fruit.
In particular, choose whole wheat, such as whole wheat bread.
- Vary with meat, fish, legumes, nuts, eggs and vegetarian products. I would like to emphasize on vegetarian/vegan meat replacements, don’t forget them!
- Have enough low-fat and semi-skimmed dairy, such as milk, yogurt, and cheese.
- Eat a handful of unsalted nuts daily.
- Drink plenty of fluids, such as tap water, tea and coffee.
- Use soft or liquid grease and cooking fats, such as oil, low-fat margarine and liquid baking and frying grease.
Extra vitamin C or vitamin pills?
It is not necessary to take extra vitamin C or multivitamins if you have enough food on hand. By eating healthy and varied, you get all the vitamins you need. By taking more vitamins you will not get a higher resistance and an excess of some vitamins can even be harmful.
Too much vitamin C is not harmful, because you’ll pee it out again. However, only take a multivitamin or vitamin C when you have a shortage of food or not any fresh produce on hand. For example, you are at home now and only have oats and peanut butter and for supper only 5 spoons of vegetables and some rice and beans. This is not enough and only then would I recommend to take supplements. prioritize real foods always!
How do you get enough vitamin C?
By eating 2 servings o fruit a day ( think oranges, kiwi’s, berries, strawberries and pineapple preferable. If you have apples and banana’s eat them too of course, but the fruit listed here contain a lot of vitamin C). Next to this you should aim for 250 grams of greens a day. This can be hard for some people, so if you add it to other meals (lunch or as a snack) it is more maintainable. There are no fruits or vegetables that increase your resistance. It is important however to vary.
Hope this helped guys !