The immune system is your body’s defence system against bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi, and a number of organs are involved in this, mainly in the production of the lymphocyte cells that neutralise or destroy the invading micro-organisms.
The most important of these organs are the spleen, bone marrow and blood vessels, as well as lymph nodes (glands) plus the lymphatic vessels which transport the lymphocytes to the blood stream.
A number of factors can impact the effectiveness of your immune system, such as stress, smoking and over-indulging in alcohol, and minimising those three things can help increase your body’s strength. Eating a healthy diet, packed with nutrients, is another positive step you can take, and the recipes in this book are designed to include the main vitamins and minerals to boost your immune system, such as vitamins A, C, D and E, plus folate, iron, selenium and zinc.
Eating healthily does not mean giving up the tastes you enjoy, and whilst you can go to extremes and eat only fresh, raw superfoods, that may present difficulties at the family dinner table. The meals may be super-healthy, but the stress involved in trying to persuade the kids (or even your other half) to eat it may well negate those benefits!
In the Immune-Boosting Cookbook, Minna Rose has taken family favourites and added a healthy twist; for example, chicken Kievs – skinless chicken fillets, homemade fresh garlic and parsley butter, all in a crunchy oat coating with sweet potato fries and a colourful salsa – great ingredients to make a delicious and nutritious family dinner.
With a little lateral thinking, puddings and desserts can be healthy too. Using natural Greek yoghurt, berries, citrus, apples and oats, many delicious healthy desserts are possible – even the occasional cheesecake!
Having lived with a chronic pain condition for over 25 years, Minna Rose has spent a great deal of time researching ways in which she can help her own health. After noticing that a flare-up followed every cough or cold, she focused on the immune system and building its strength through her diet, and has shared the tastiest of these recipes in this Immune-Boosting Cookbook.