The immune system is the body’s way of protecting itself from infection and disease; it fights everything from cold and flu viruses to serious conditions such as cancer.
Good nutrition is crucial to a strong immune system. No one food or supplement can prevent illness, but you can support your immune system by including these nutrients and foods in your overall eating plan on a regular basis.
Vitamin C-rich foods: oranges, peppers, strawberries, broccoli, pineapple
Vitamin D-rich foods: milk, yogurt, some fish, fortified foods
Zinc rich-foods: beans, nuts, seeds, meat, fish
Protein-rich foods: eggs, yogurt, lean meat, beans, fish, whole grains, cheese
Gut health plays a role in immunity, so try to eat a mix of prebiotic and probiotic foods. High-fiber, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and yogurt
How Can I Get Immune Support Without Supplements?
When it comes to getting good nutrition for your immune system, think of variety and balance in your food choices. Stay hydrated. Move your body. Get some rest. Take care of yourself. Decrease stress. If you want to start supplementing, talk to your doctor or a dietitian.
Contact Family Nutrition Center to schedule an appointment with our Registered Dietitians. Let us help you meet your health and nutrition goals.