In this post, we're talking about building your immunity with nutrition. The immune system is a complex organ system in the body comprised of white blood cells, skin, mucus, and bacteria. Its central role is to seek, recruit, attack, and destroy foreign invaders, such as bacteria and viruses that enter the body.
Ok, that's it. That's all the science I'm discussing because I'm not a scientist and some people find it boring.
We're discussing steps you can take to build your immunity. Of course, we know a healthy lifestyle is the single best step you can take toward naturally keeping your immune system strong and healthy. Every system in your body, including the immune system, functions better when following balanced and healthy strategies such as these:
●Eating whole foods (fruits and veggies)
●Maintaining healthy weight/body fat
●Getting enough sleep 7-9 hours 😴
●Drinking alcohol in moderation
Now, I'm not a registered dietician so I won't go into the specifics of what your body needs, BUT you can come to check out this amazing Instagram Live with one of my FAVE RDs- Lisa from @thoughtfullyfuled.
I can guide you through a quick list of what foods contain the vitamins and minerals that may help build your immune system.
Surprise! It's a list of fresh foods, fruits, and vegetables!
Vitamin D. Sunlight. Salmon, fortified OJ, Sardines, Fortified Cereal
Vitamin C. Most of us knows this one. Besides citrus, we can also get it from Strawberries, Broccoli, and Kiwis.
Vitamin E. Grab it from green leafy vegetables like spinach, avocado, and sunflower seeds.
Beta carotene. Carrots, squash, and liver hold most of this micronutrient.
Zinc. Grab it from beans, seafood, and whole grains.
Allicin. Cooking with garlic. AllIcin is an enzyme that is activated when garlic is chopped or crushed.
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