Functional Foods for Immune System Health

Series 2 Ep 13
This episode focuses on functional foods for immune system health. In the current state of the world, this is a much needed topic. If everyone understood how to support immune function using food, there could be much fewer infectious and autoimmune diseases. Tune in to learn how to keep your client's body functioning at its highest level by eating foods that support their immune system health.


  • [02:30] What kinds of foods support optimal immune function?
  • [06:30] Vitamin A is crucial to protect the mucous membranes.
  • [12:10] Immune supporting herbs.
  • [17:50] Immunostimulants vs. immunomodulators – what is the difference between them?
  • [22:05] How you can be a hero in your client’s life and encourage them on how to support their immune systems.


  • Sugar impacts the ability of the macrophages to support health. When sugar is in the diet, it displaces vitamin C in the white blood cells, and it causes the macrophage activity to drop by at least 50%, depending on the quantity of sugar.
  • Eating lots of fresh garlic at the first sign of an infectious disease can help dramatically increase the chances of your immune system knocking the disease on the first day.
  • Find herbs that can be used as both food and medicine. You can use them to create teas, tinctures, capsules, powders and extracts, all of which can promote optimal immune system health.


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Ritamarie Loscalzo

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo is a best-selling author and speaker known for her extensive knowledge, infectious energy, and inspirational message that encourages individuals to become their own best health advocate. She is an internationally recognized nutrition and health authority who specializes in using the wisdom of nature to restore hormone balance with a special emphasis on thyroid, adrenal and insulin imbalances. She founded the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology to empower health and nutrition practitioners to get to the root cause of health concerns by using functional assessments and natural therapeutics to balance the endocrine system, the body's master controller.

Dr. Ritamarie is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic with Certification in Acupuncture and is a Diplomat of the American Clinical Nutrition Board. She is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist with a Master’s in Human Nutrition, has completed a 2-year, 500-hour Herbal Medicine Program at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies and has a master's degree in Computer Science, which contributes to her skills as an ace problem solver.