Top foods to eat to help fight disease

Author Dr. William W. Li tells you how to take control of your well-being and improve your overall health in 2021.
3:27 | 01/12/21

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folks mentally, emotionally and physically. So no surprise, one of the most popular new year's resolutions is getting healthy. If you're looking to help boost your immune system in 2021, joining us is physician, scientist, and New York Times best seller author of "Eat to beat disease," Dr. William LI. Dr. LI, as you know 2020, a tough year. A lot of people packed on unwanted pounds. I know you are a big believer in not necessarily dieting. And people are always looking for the quick fix. You say it's how we eat and reframe on nutrition. What do we need to know? If there's anything we learned in 2020, we need to rely on ourselves as much as the health care systems. Coming out of the pandemic, we've learned that doctors and hospitals can't do everything for us. Sometimes there's not a lot we can do unless we're really sick. We all practice health care every day in our homes and kitchens using our own pharmacies, that's with an F, in our kitchen, fridge, count tops, pantries, using the food in front of us. We need to make smart food choices at the center of taking back our lives and health. That's right. We all want to boost our immune tell us how we do that with the food we eat. Well, look, I've actually been researching more than 200 foods that can actually have benefits. Let's start with great ones for immunity, dark colored berries. Blueberries and blackberries. That dark dye that makes the beautiful color boosts our immunity. You only have to eat about two cups to get that type of benefit. Another one of my favorites is broccoli. Our moms all told us to eat our broccoli. The tops, stems, even the sprouts which have 100 times more benefit than the adult broccoli. These can be sauted. You can put them in a shake, and if you have a broccoli sprout shake with the flu vaccine you can amp up your body's response to the vaccine. Another is pomegranate juice. It's pretty sweet. You only need one fluid cup. It helps our gut boost our immunity. And then I love vitamin C foods. I recommend them to everybody. They boost immunity, but lower inflammation. That's what we want, we want that combination. What you need, how much, Oranges are actually a great source of vitamin C. About an Orange and a half will get you what you need to lower your inflammation. Stra berrberries, cherry tomatoes, red bell peppers, grapefruit always good for vitamin C and one of my favorites are mushrooms. I like fresh or dried mushrooms. Both have a soluble fiber that helps our immunity. Eating a cup and a third a day can benefit that. Applause over here. All right. I love it. Amen. She's saying amen. She doesn't even say that on face Friday. You got her here. Thank you so much for the tips and thank you for being with us. We'll see you again down the road. Thank you, Dr. LI.

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