Foods For Your Immune System
A Healthier You Starts With Better Food Choices
Do you ever just get sick randomly throughout the year, when it doesn’t even seem like flu/cold season? It could be from what your eating. No, maybe the foods you’re eating aren’t giving you a cold, but maybe they aren’t helping you fight them off either. Today, I would like to talk about some foods that can really help your immune system, besides the obvious Vitamin C machine – Orange Juice. Yes, there are other foods that can help, so read on to find out what you can eat to help keep your body strong and healthy.
Vitamin C isn’t the only vitamin that helps you fight off and prevent sicknesses. There are actually a lot of different nutrients that aid in such, and they are all strongest when they are working together. Some of the others are protein, vitamin E, vitamin A, zinc, and vitamin B6, among others. You know the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away?” Well, that is because it is full of vitamins that can help our immune system, which can in turn, keep you from getting sick and having to see a doctor. On top of apples, berries are a great course of vitamin C and E. Side note: raspberries are also super low in calories, for those of you watching you weight.
Vegetables are also a great source of nutrients, as they also have vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Some of those vegetables are broccoli, kale, and red/orange peppers. This list isn’t just the ones I am naming either; you can eat any vegetables and fruits, as they are all very wholesome and contain a great source of goodies your body will love to absorb. On top of these, oats are high in vitamin B and nuts contain a great amount of zinc. A lot of people swear by zinc as one of the best preventative measures for colds and coughs. Be sure to get a wide variety of each of these on a weekly basis to make sure that you are keeping your immune system up and always ready. It is better to prevent than have to take the breathing out of your nose for granted once it is gone!
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Kim Shapira MS, RD