A report just released by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology estimates 30 to 50 percent of Americans could be infected with swine flu this fall and winter. The projection of deaths is 90,000, more than twice as many deaths than in a typical flu season. Many of these deaths will be children and young adults. This group seems particularly vulnerable to this new flu virus. Swine flu is expected to resurge this September with the school year beginning and to peak in mid-October. Unfortunately, the anticipated vaccine won’t be available until mid-October just when the flu season is expected to peak. Add to this frightening scenario that flu vaccines usually take several weeks for the body to develop immunity. The good news is we can start to build natural immunity now.
Viruses and bacteria attack the body everyday. Did you ever notice how some people are always sick? They have weakened immune systems. Start now to boost the immune system to help fight the viruses and bacteria lurking out there to strike. The best and natural way to do this is through certain foods. Orange juice, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, beans, red meat, garlic, and onions are great immune boosters. One meal that is loaded with immune boosters is chili. Make it today to build a healthier immune system.
1/2 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, sliced
1/2 red pepper, sliced
1/2 yellow pepper, sliced
1/2 orange pepper, sliced
1 large tomato, chopped
1 (10 ounces) can condensed tomato soup
1 can of water
1 teaspoon parsley
1 (15 ounces) can red kidney beans (do not drain)
Brown meat in large pan. Halfway through browning, add onions and continue browning for a couple of more minutes. Add peppers and cook for a couple of more minutes. Add tomato. Stir. Stir in soup and parsley. Simmer for thirty minutes. Add undrained kidney beans. Continue to simmer for fifteen minutes. Serve hot.
Beef is high in iron, B12, which helps make DNA and keeps nerve and red blood cells healthy, and zinc, a great immune booster. Beef provides protein that repairs body cells, builds and repairs muscles and bones, and provides a source of energy. Kidney beans, also an immune booster, are another good source of protein. Sweet bell peppers are truly the wonder food because they are packed with immune boosters, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are called medicine of the future because of their incredible ability to fight diseases.
Recipe is from the book, Organic for Health, by Sandy Powers