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									How to boost immune system

Balance Blood Sugar
It is stressful for the body to have fluctuations in blood sugar as
the pancreas has to produce more insulin to transport glucose in
and out of body cells. Cortisol causes more sugar to be converted
from stored glycogen so you have more energy, but it also
causes you to crave fast-release energy foods such as chocolate
or crisps. But sadly most of our perceived stresses do not require
a huge calorie input which will then have to be burned off. Dieting
and fasting add to dietary stress by placing extra demands on the
system to maintain blood sugar balance, so don't try any radical
food changes if you are going through a stressful time of life. Eat
little and often and combine a complex carbohydrate with a
protein.

B Vitamins
Foods which contain B vitamins include broccoli, wholegrains,
lentils, salmon, corn, nuts, sunflower seeds, eggs and citrus fruit.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a key nutrient in boosting the immune system,
which is also affected by stress. Vitamin C is a great help in
stressful situations. It may reduce blood pressure as well as to
reduce the actual symptoms of stress as it has the ability to
lower cortisol levels. Foods which contain vitamin C include citrus
fruits, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, broccoli.

Protein
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein (which is found in
every cell of the body). They support brain function, especially
the neurotransmitters which can have a dramatic impact on
mood and behaviour. Because of this, amino acids can help
relieve symptoms of stress. Amino acids are found in eggs, meat,
fish and pulses and grains. So if under stress, it is important to
eat some protein, especially with carbohydrate in order to
manage blood sugar

								
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