Article: super salad to maximise immunity

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by tansy, Aug 26, 2005.

  1. tansy

    tansy New Member

    "Optimize your body's defenses against Lyme disease ... with Dr. Donna Schwontkowski's 'Veggie Defense System' on the table, you're making a delicious lifestyle change to protect your health."

    By DEREK CLONTZ
    Herb & Health Report Editor.

    You can supercharge your immune system to protect against any illness by tossing up a taste-tempting 'super salad' and bellying up to the table for a hearty, healthy, piled-high bowlful any time you like!

    That's the word from cutting-edge author and nutrition expert Dr. Donna Schwontkowski, who says the inexpensive but mouth-watering combination of fresh vegetables, nuts, vinegar, oil and spices she developed exclusively for readers will fortify your body's defenses.

    Not only that, you can enjoy your super-immunity salad anytime, anywhere, anyplace. The dish, says Dr. Schwontkowski, is as much at home as a "starter" at a posh dinner party as it is stuffed into a plastic bag and shoved into a construction worker's mud-caked lunch box.

    "Nothing can protect you 100 percent against colds and the flu, but this salad is jam-packed with foods that can help everyone from the poorest of the poor to the super rich develop maximum immunity to protect their health," explains Dr. Schwontkowski.

    “This is no time to take chances with your health," she counsels. "I urge you to start building your defenses without delay. My salad is both economical and easy to make."

    All you need to make Dr. Schwontkowski's salad and dressing are 3 leaves Romaine lettuce, 6 leaves Spinach, 1/2 tomato, 2 carrots, 1/2 cup raw broccoli, 1/2 sweet potato; 1/2 cup papaya (optional); 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds; 2 Brazil nuts; 2 oz cheese, cheddar; 1 leaf kale, 1 handful parsley, and 1/2 chili pepper.

    Slice, dice or shred all ingredients into bite-size portions and place into a bowl; toss them as you would any other salad. Top with 2 tablespoons toasted wheat germ.

    For your dressing, mix 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil with 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar. Add 1 clove pressed garlic and a 1/4 teaspoon of kelp or seaweed granules from your grocery store's spice rack. Flick in a dash or two shakes of crushed red pepper. Shake rapidly to blend.

    "The salad is delightfully crunchy, spicy and sweet," says Dr. Schwontkowski, noting that each ingredient plays a special role in stimulating our body's defenses and protecting us from sickness.

    "When it comes to fending off viruses, bacteria and microbes that can make us sick, our stomach acid is a first line of defense," she continues.

    "Chili peppers and red pepper in the salad stimulate production of stomach acid. The thiamine in wheat germ and sunflower seeds and the vitamin B-6 content of the wheat germ also help the production of stomach acid.

    "Sunflower seeds also provide fiber, which helps the colon do its job. The last thing you need when you're sick is to be constipated - swimming in your own toxins."
    Dr. Schwontkowski points out that broccoli and spinach are excellent sources of vitamin C and B-2.

    "Vitamin C speeds recovery from viruses and stimulates the white blood cells to kill bacteria and fungi, while vitamin B-2 is important for the production of antibodies," she explains.

    "Vitamin A prevents damage from microbes to the linings of the respiratory, digestive and urinary tracts and produces bacteria-fighting enzymes in tears, saliva and sweat. The sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach and papaya are good sources of vitamin A."

    Garlic is a good source of selenium, says Dr. Schwontkowski, "as are the Brazil nuts, wheat germ, and apple cider vinegar. Selenium enhances the ability of the white blood cells to kill bacteria.

    "The olive oil, wheat germ, tomato and dark green vegetables contain vitamin E, which significantly enhances the body's ability to produce antibodies in response to pathogens.

    "Wheat germ also is excellent for providing pantothenic acid that helps your body deal with stress. The cheese is a good source of B-12, which helps keep the white blood cell numbers up to kill microbes. And the seaweed and kelp provide the body with minerals and omega-3 fatty acids, which help cut down dangerous inflammation in the body." [This Message was Edited on 08/26/2005]
  2. lovethesun

    lovethesun New Member

    I love that there are nuts and fruit in it!
  3. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    Good idea in theory, but how to I keep fresh, edible romaine lettuce, spinach and kale in the house at all times? How far would I have to drive to find the kale?

    I did find some dried papaya during my trip to the doctor recently. I think I will munch on a piece now!
  4. davebhoy

    davebhoy New Member

    sounds good but i cant tolerate sweet potato or papaya. and isnt vinegar bad for people with candida?
  5. tansy

    tansy New Member

    or dietary recommendations like these thre's always a bunch of stuff I cannot tolerate or which might not be advisable. However I do find they make me think about making my diet more interesting. Most of the time I'm fine with mine, but every now and then I appreciate new ideas.

    Dave though for some of us vinegars are best avoided, cider vinegar has a long standing reputation as a health enhancing food. There were some posts on it some time ago.

    Tansy