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Immune Boost : Fruit & Vegetable Rainbow

InnerBalance Health Center

April 28, 2020

Immune Boost: Fruit & Vegetable Rainbow

Immune Boost: Fruit & Vegetable Rainbow

Immune Boost: Fruit & Vegetable Rainbow

Making healthy choices about how we live, including eating, sleeping, exercising, and stress-relief provide a strong foundation for healing. Choosing foods rich in immune-boosting nutrients is our first line of defense against illness. In the midst of the upheaval due to Covid-19 little is in our control, however we can choose to seek out foods that not only sustain us, but increase immune function. Rich in antioxidants, fruits and vegetables provide a wide array of minerals, fiber, and vitamins that strengthen our bodies. Eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables everyday is key. An easy way to accomplish consuming a full spectrum of nutrients is by focusing on eating 5 different colors each day.

Antioxidants protect cells from the onslaught of chemicals called free radicals which are capable of damaging cells and genetic material. Free radicals are created in the body by the natural process of transforming food into energy, and also by exposure to cigarette smoke and pollution. Free radicals extract electrons from any other cells they can. The loss of the electrons can dramatically alter the function of the cells. 

Oxidative stress results from too many free radicals in the body. To fight this constant attack the body creates molecules which can provide electrons to free radicals without becoming damaged themselves. These molecules are called antioxidants

At InnerBalance Health Center, we help our bodies build the weapons needed by consuming nutrient-rich foods. And variety is key. Different fruits and vegetables contain different plant proteins, phytonutrients, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Fighting illness, such as flu or coronavirus, and protecting against disease requires a full arsenal. Focusing on these five colors and getting them on our tables assures a complete stockpile of nutrition. 

Immune Boost Rainbow


Grapes, plums, blueberries, blackberries, eggplant, and purple cabbage provide the body with resveratrol and phenolics, as well as anthocyanins. Anthocyanins give blue, purple (and red) fruits and vegetables their color, and is a powerful antioxidant, protecting cells in the body and reducing inflammation. Leave the skin on an eggplant since many of the nutrients are found there.


Beyond the basic lettuce, go green with avocados, kiwi, broccoli, spinach, and melon. Many of these are rich in Vitamin E, which has strong antioxidant activity. For something different try spiral cutting a zucchini to create zucchini noodles and top with tomato sauce.


Beta-carotene is a powerhouse when it comes to cognitive health. The same can be said for Vitamin C when it comes to boosting immunity. Fruits and vegetables in this color category feature plenty of these nutrients, including oranges, sweet potatoes, mangoes, and carrots. Boil carrots whole rather than chopped to preserve their beneficial nutrients.


Containing lycopene and anthrocyanins, red fruits and vegetables (like raspberries, tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, cherries, and watermelon) combat damaging free radicals and support prostate and urinary tract health. While it is often advisable to eat raw rather than cooked fruits and vegetables, lycopene is actually more potent in cooked tomatoes, so whip up some delicious tomato-based sauces, stews and soups.


Allicin, a phytonutrient found in garlic and onion, contributes to the powerful antioxidant glutathione. Made naturally in the body, glutathione supports liver function and immune health. Cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower also contribute to glutathione. Other white fruits and vegetables to look for include pears, bananas, jicama and mushrooms. Try making jicama fries by baking or air frying jicama slices and adding your favorite spices and seasonings.

The immune system is under assault from not only illness and disease, but from poor diet, stress, lack of sleep and exercise. The best defense involves a focus on healthy-living strategies.

Joe Eisele, CACIII, NCAC
Joe is the Clinical Director at InnerBalance Health Center and has been helping achieve lifelong sobriety incorporating biochemical restoration and holistic addiction treatment for over 30 years.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does the best addiction treatment center offer Biochemical Repair & Restoration and how do they define Biochemical Restoration?

At InnerBalance Health Center, we strive to get the best addiction treatment to gain a better understanding of the psychological effects of addiction to drugs and/or alcohol.. As a component of our holistic addiction treatment process, we understand that there are certain biochemical imbalances that can make a person more prone to the addictive cycle.

By restoring chemical balance, a person is much more capable of overcoming their addiction. InnerBalance Health Center offers and is one of the foremost leaders in treating addictions using biochemical repair & restoration. We believe that biochemical imbalances can be pre-existing, or can come as a result of repeated drug and alcohol use over time. Learn more specifics about our holistic treatment here.

Is the staff available 24/7?

Yes, at InnerBalance Health Center clients have access to a staff member 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Does the treatment center prescribe addictive medications such as benzodiazepines or opiates?

No, InnerBalance does not prescribe those types of medications, unless needed for temporary stabilization for withdrawal symptoms. We focus on identifying the root causes of cravings, repairing your body’s biochemical imbalances and teaching you the lifelong skills necessary to stay sober.

How does the treatment center plan to eliminate depression, anxiety, sleep problems, mood swings, and racing mind?

At InnerBalance we realize the need to find the root cause of these issues. For example, a racing mind can come from too much histamine in the brain, a condition caused Histadelia. When we find this condition through lab testing, we use the safe amino acids and vitamins that will lower histamine levels. Depression can come from under-functioning neurotransmitters, like serotonin.

Through urine testing, we check the serotonin receptors by looking at the Tryptophan levels, and then treat with the appropriate amino acids. Please call us for a more thorough description on how we can deal with underlying symptoms. These examples just scratch the surface of our biochemical restoration approach which is integral to our holistic treatment philosophy.

Is the treatment center licensed by the state?

Yes, the InnerBalance Health Center is fully and duly licensed by the State of Colorado.

Does the treatment program offer an exercise program that the client participates in?

The InnerBalance Treatment Program includes a mandatory weekly gym time. We encourage our clients to try the different gym facilities, including weights, pool activities, classes, etc. InnerBalance provides a high quality full service gym facility to their patients.

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