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Gardening For Your Immunity

The garden in our backyard has always been known for cultivating flower and plants that represents Beauty and aesthetics in our households. Recently a renewed interest in the use of the garden has been unearthed, driven by the demand for an alternative food source in a world filled with artificially made food choices and chemically enhanced products.

The art of gardening had caught the nation’s attention once again, and be it the older or younger generations, having a garden to plant in, big or small is becoming mainstream.  Here are a few statistics from garden.org on how the Earth’s potential is currently being maximized in these changing times.

  1. “35% of all households in America, or 42 million households, are growing food at home or in a community garden, up 17% in five years.”
  2. “Largest increases in participation seen among younger households – up 63% to 13 million since 2008.”
  3. “2 million more households community gardening — up 200% since 2008.”

Underneath these gardens lie gems in the form of organic fruits and vegetables that are pesticide and herbicide free, reflecting an increasing awareness on how harmful the side effects of these products are to one’s own body. Having an accessible and organic garden ensures a healthy food source which also can be a practical approach on saving money ( comparing it to market prices of organic produce which are expensive).  These are legitimate reasons why we prefer our food to be  “home grown”.  A deeper reason can be explored in its benefits where it really counts the most would be …. boosting our own immune system. This immune system is the one responsible in keeping us healthy and free from sickness.  You would be surprised on how the most common fruits and vegetables that we grow can serve as basic protection especially during the cold and flu season. Here are scientific evidences that will prove to us that they stand as our cheap and practical boosters which are trump cards in our fight against disease and illness.

  1. Eating a diet deficient in fruits and vegetables for a duration of just two weeks lowers the immune system.(Bernhard Watzl, Bub, Brandstetter, & Rechkemmer, 1999)
  2. Bright colored vegetables have been noted to increase interleukin-2, a substance responsible for promoting white cell function in the immune system.(Bernhard Watzl et al., 1999)
  3. Sustained intake of both tomato and carrot juices have been shown to increase tumor necrosis factor-alpha , another substance that regulates the other immune cells.(B. Watzl, Bub, Briviba, & Rechkemmer, 2003)
  4. Cruciferous vegetables (eg. cabbage, brussel sprouts, kale, collards) prevent leaky gut syndrome by lowering gut inflammation, promoting immune defenses, inhibiting bacterial spread and assists in its repair.(Veldhoen & Brucklacher-Waldert, 2012)
  5. There are increased flu related hospitalizations with low fruit and vegetable consumption.(Charland et al., 2013)
  6. Increased frequency of acquiring colds during pregnancy increases the chance of  birth defects such as spinal cord problems, cleft lip and undescended testicles.(Zhang & Cai, 1993)
  7. Damage to a fetus can be attributed to the fever that accompanies the common cold.(Acs, Bánhidy, Horváth-Puhó, & Czeizel, 2006)
  8. Moderate decrease of upper respiratory tract infections were noted during pregnancy in relation to consumption of at least 9 servings of fruits and vegetables in a day that are high in nutrients and bioactive compounds.(Li & Werler, 2010)
  9. Increase in antibody production in connection with vaccine administration for older individuals who eats at least 5 times a day of vegetables.  Antibody are the weapons of our white cells in killing infection.(Gibson et al., 2012)

In conclusion,something simple as our gardens can contribute greatly to our quest for a healthier well-being.  Here in BIHCI, we recognize this and are here to assist you on how to maximize their use towards specific ailments (eg.cinnamon for controlling blood sugars) or just simply maintaining one’s health in general. In conjunction with this, we carry herb based remedies came from gardens that are organic and GMO free to assure the delivery of quality nutrition to our patients. We also offer additional immune system support through intravenous vitamin drips that contain all natural ingredients which are better absorbed by the body (versus oral intake) and intravenous bio oxidative therapies that promote healthier cells, both of which prevents the invasion of disease causing microorganism.  Come and visit us so we can show you on how to utilize the fruits and vegetables we grow in our gardens properly. For optimum health, we sometimes need not look anywhere else other than in our own backyard.

  1. Acs, N., Bánhidy, F., Horváth-Puhó, E., & Czeizel, A. (2006). Population-based Case–Control Study of the Common Cold During Pregnancy and Congenital Abnormalities. European Journal of Epidemiology, 21(1), 65–75. https://doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10654-005-5364-2
  2. Charland, K. M., Buckeridge, D. L., Hoen, A. G., Berry, J. G., Elixhauser, A., Melton, F., & Brownstein, J. S. (2013). Relationship between community prevalence of obesity and associated behavioral factors and community rates of influenza-related hospitalizations in the United States. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, 7(5), 718–728. https://doi.org/10.1111/irv.12019
  3. Gibson, A., Edgar, J. D., Neville, C. E., Gilchrist, S. E., McKinley, M. C., Patterson, C. C., … Woodside, J. V. (2012). Effect of fruit and vegetable consumption on immune function in older people: a randomized controlled trial. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 96(6), 1429–1436. https://doi.org/10.3945/ajcn.112.039057
  4. Li, L., & Werler, M. M. (2010). Fruit and vegetable intake and risk of upper respiratory tract infection in pregnant women. Public Health Nutrition, 13(2), 276–282. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1368980009990590
  5. Veldhoen, M., & Brucklacher-Waldert, V. (2012). Dietary influences on intestinal immunity. Nature Reviews Immunology, 12(10), 696–708. https://doi.org/10.1038/nri3299
  6. Watzl, B., Bub, A., Brandstetter, B. R., & Rechkemmer, G. (1999). Modulation of human T-lymphocyte functions by the consumption of carotenoid-rich vegetables. British Journal of Nutrition, 82(5), 383–389. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007114599001634
  7. Zhang, J., & Cai, W. (1993). Association of the Common Cold in the First Trimester of Pregnancy With Birth Defects. Pediatrics, 92(4), 559–563.