“A healthy balanced diet is great for your health in general, but when it comes to your immune system there are certain nutrients that help to bolster it,” says Erin McCann Nutrition Consultant for Unbeelievable Health. “Vitamin C, zinc and other anti-oxidants are all great for fighting bugs, but there are other more surprising foods that could help too.” Try adding some of these food to your meals every week.
Tahini is a great source of protein and zinc which helps to support immune cell production and function.
Garlic has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory actions so it’s great for fighting colds
Pumpkins and squashes are quality sources of beta carotene which converts to Vitamin A, an essential nutrient for immune function.
Berries and cherries are loaded with antioxidants and Vitamin C.
Organic plain yogurt contains natural probiotics which support immune system health.
Mushrooms contain phytonutrients, which increase productivity of immune cells as well as being a natural source of beta glucans. The most beneficial mushrooms include shitake and maitake.
Dark, green leafy vegetables contain B Vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin A and other nutrients which support healthy immune function.
“Sometimes it can be hard to stick to a healthy diet and most of us fall of the wagon at some point,” says Erin. “You could try to support your body through these times by taking a supplement. “ Many of them contain immune supporting plants and nutrients that are not found in a healthy diet or are hard to get enough of through food, so they’re often worth taking anyway. Look for supplements that include:
Propolis - a resin collected by bees. It is naturally antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory
Elderberry contains Vitamin C and other phytonutrients, which have anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antioxidant actions.
Beta glucans have been found to aid the body in creating antibodies to fungal and bacterial infection.
Olive leaf is a potent antimicrobial and antioxidant agent.
Vitamin D is essential to immune function.
Don’t forget to
Get plenty of sleep, exercise for at least 30 minutes five times a week, find time to relax and unwind and get out into the sunshine to top up your vitamin D levels.
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