Saturday, October 19, 2013

Health by Nutrition Encouraged by Dr. Tae Yun Kim

There are many medications, nutritional supplements, and vitamins that are used to promote health. Dr. Tae Yun Kim teaches the benefits of nature and eating healthy to support a healthy immune system from the start. Dr. Tae Yun Kim has her own garden where she grows a number of food items. Dr. Tae Yun Kim encourages people to grow gardens and foods that support the immune system.  

To get optimal nutrition, produce straight from the garden is best but if garden fresh produce is not an option, Dr. Tae Yun Kim suggests spending more time in the produce section of the grocery store than down the snack aisle. So what are some of the immune supporting foods Dr. Tae Yun Kim encourages her students to eat?

The foods that support the immune system are high in antioxidants. Often, color is a defining feature of these beneficial foods and come in an array of purples, blues, reds, oranges, and yellows. Nutritional foods that boost your immune system are broken down into multiple categories including:

  • Proteins
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Antioxidants
Antioxidants has become a buzzword in the health industry but Dr. Tae Yun Kim does not want people to get confused by the word. Antioxidants break down into three categories of vitamins: beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Even zinc and selenium are beneficial for boosting the immune system. 

When it comes to the antioxidant categories, Dr. Tae Yun Kim recommends beta-carotene and carotenoids like:
  • Apricots
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon
Vitamin C is often associated with oranges but other common sources include:

  • Berries
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower
  • Kiwi
  • Red, Green, and Yellow Peppers
  • Sweet Potatoes
The third category of Vitamin E can be found in a number of vegetables and nuts. Common foods include:

  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Mangoes
  • Papaya
  • Spinach
Dr. Tae Yun Kim does not want people to focus on only one category. Being healthy requires a balanced diet with vitamins A, B, and D. Bodies naturally produce antibodies but when the immune system is compromised, the chances of getting sick increase. Proteins contain amino acids which are used by the body to build antibodies and sources of protein include fish, eggs, and meat but also in dairy, nuts, and beans. 

For more on sources on what to eat to improve your immune system, Dr. Tae Yun Kim suggests sites like:

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