Lots of people are talking about hand-washing and disinfectants and masks. These things are important! But what about your own individual immune response to infection? What if you had the power to strengthen your immune system by the foods you eat every day?
Here are some examples of ways that nutrition affects your immune system:
🍏 Protein is crucial for antibody production
🍏 Fiber feeds good bacteria in the gut that support immune function
🍏 Omega-3 fats support a healthy inflammatory response
🍏 Vitamin D interacts with receptors on cells where viruses bind
PLUS…whenever your immune system mounts a response to an infection, you get more inflammation and oxidative stress (ever heard of free radicals?) 🔥Those free radicals create problems everywhere in your body.
But you want to know one of the best ways to combat oxidative stress and free radicals?
Fruits and veggies are chock full of vitamins and minerals that combat oxidative stress to keep your immune system healthy. A study that was just published in the journal Nutrients recommends eating foods that provide these things:
👍 Vitamin D
👍 Vitamins A, C, E
👍 Vitamins B6 and B12
You can load your system up with these nutrients by eating quality proteins, healthy fats, and lots of fresh vegetables every day.
For more ideas of how to strengthen your immunity as we move into the fall season, we are here to help!