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The Local Take: What We Eat Can Boost Our Immune System--Nutrionist Ladell Hill


This week on WCLK's The Local Take(Saturdays 8am), I speak with Ladell Hill about using nutrition to boost our immune system. When I first learned that high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity, the trifecta of health challenges in our community, were also factors in surviving COVID-19, I felt dreadful. The other challenges with the virus include people Vitamin D and Zinc deficiencies. Vitamin D is another challenge for our community due to the melanin in our skin. Although I've never been big on supplements, I took Vitamin D and Zinc since the shut-down began. Recent research has come out in support of taking a Vitamin D supplement in the fight against COVID-19.

Ladell Hill is a nationally known expert in health and wellness, achieved through herbal remedies coupled with modern science and nutrition. He works with elite athletes, A-list celebrities, and global executives. I met him while he was touring with the musician Santana. 
Ladell explains that his grandfather taught him about herbs and plants. He has detailed ancient recipes that he combines with modern science and nutrition to keep your body healthy. 
Hill says that there are some basic things about our bodies.  The body responds to natural compounds better than supplements.  He speaks about Zinc found in pumpkin seeds along with 600 other enzymes. 
I asked him about the foods we should use to boost our immune system. 
He spoke about our gut health. He suggested that we eat sauerkraut and other fermented foods and drinks. He also mentioned that drinking mullen tea is excellent for your respiratory health. Hill talked about making miso soup a staple in our diets. 
He also shared that Cantaloupe is an excellent source for Beta Carotine. Furthermore, Magnesium and Calcium are good for brain health and bring down anxiety. 
I asked Hill if there was one thing that we could add to our diets that would improve our health and talked about ginger and garlic. Two of my favorites. 
Before you make any changes to your diet, please contact your healthcare provider. 

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