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When it comes to building your immune system, there are several things you can do. However, if you want to do it the natural way, Eating Well magazine has some good tips for you. You can find all you in the article below.

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When we say “muscle-building foods,” chances are, your brain probably imagines animal protein-rich items like steak, chicken, eggs, fish…basically the menu that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson might eat while bulking up for a movie. The body converts these nitrates into nitric oxide, which can help widen blood vessels.

The resulting blood flow boost improves oxygen delivery throughout the body, which not only enhances fitness performance but also benefits cognitive and heart health over time. “Leafy greens are some of the most nutrient-rich, calorie-light foods on the planet packing a punch with numerous vitamins and minerals,” Casey Kelley, MD, a family medicine physician and the founder and medical director of Case Integrative Health, tells Healthline.

After studying 12 years of health data from nearly 3,800 Australians, Edith Cowan University researchers found that those who ate the most nitrate-loaded leafy greens had 11 percent stronger lower limbs and walked 4 percent faster than those who ate less or no leafy greens (regardless of whether participants in either camps reported regularly exercising). Fennel, radishes, parsley, cabbage, and beets are also solid sources of nitrates.

For young or old, muscle strength is a vital part of the overall health puzzle, as it allows us to lift things (say, those hefty bags of groceries), climb stairs, walk, and even get in and out of the shower or the bed.

Note: You can also find this recipe in the magazine Eating Well at www.eatingwell.com

Martine Berger is one of our contributors, covering health as well as cooking recipes. She now lives and works in Edmonton, Canada.

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