Boost Your Immunity

When it comes to fighting viruses, everyday precautions such as washing your hands often and avoiding sick people are key. But experts say that boosting your immune system may also give you an edge in staying healthy. 

The following nutrients play a role in the immune system and can be found in a variety of foods:

  • Beta Carotene is found in plant foods, such as sweet potatoes, spinach, carrots, mango, broccoli and tomatoes.
  • Vitamin C-rich foods include citrus fruits, berries, melons, tomatoes, bell peppers and broccoli. 
  • Vitamin D is found in fatty fish and eggs. Milk and 100% juices that are fortified with vitamin D also are sources of this important nutrient.
  • Zinc tends to be better absorbed from animal sources such as beef and seafood, but also is in vegetarian sources such as wheat germ, beans, nuts and tofu.
  • Probiotics are “good” bacteria that promote health. They can be found in cultured dairy products such as yogurt and in fermented foods such as kimchi.
  • Protein comes from both animal and plant-based sources, such as milk, yogurt, eggs, beef, chicken, seafood, nuts, seeds, beans and lentils.

Which ones of these are you able to add in your diet daily?

Reference : https://www.eatright.org/health/wellness/preventing-illness/how-to-keep-your-immune-system-healthy

17 Comments Add yours

  1. SOWZ says:

    Love this! When the pandemic first found it’s way I was so interested to see the things that people took. The aisles that were empty were bread, pasta, frozen pizza, and ice cream. The fresh produce was untouched. I understood the panic response, but it worried me. If there’s any time to be healthier, it’s NOW. We have the opportunity to rest, fill our bodies with essential nutrients, and exercise. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

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    1. Garima says:

      Most welcome. I am glad you found this post helpful. It’s important to keep our gut healthy as our core os the root of our immunity.

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  2. PAmit says:

    Your article is just too good…I felt a positive effect in my mental system sfter reading it…

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      1. PAmit says:

        😂😂😁🙏🙏

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  3. Haley Scully says:

    Great information to know! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Garima says:

      Glad you found it helpful Haley. Stay safe.

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      1. Haley Scully says:

        Thanks so much! You, too! 💗

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      2. Garima says:

        👍🏼🙏🏼

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  4. Pazlo says:

    I’m certain health-consciousness and vigorous immune systems are making all the difference these days.

    Slainte,

    Paz

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    1. Garima says:

      The body’s natural barriers against disease-causing intruders – for example, our skin, the mucous and hairs in our nose, and the acid in our stomachs – are part of our innate immune systems. Adaptive immunity develops over a lifetime of contact with pathogens and vaccines, preparations which help our immune systems to distinguish friend from foe. There is currently no vaccine for coronavirus, and we may not see one for 18 months or longer. So, for now, our immune systems must adapt unaided to this potentially deadly threat. A healthy lifestyle – not smoking, drinking little or no alcohol, sleeping well, eating a balanced diet, taking regular moderate exercise and reducing stress – helps our immune systems to be in the best shape possible to tackle pathogens.

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  5. gpavants says:

    Garima,

    I saw a video explaining “Pre-biotics” which is fertilizer or food for “Pro-biotics” thrive on. Have you done a blog on that yet?

    Thank you,

    Gary

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    1. Garima says:

      Hi Gary, I haven’t yet but I should as there is a lot of confusion around these two. PREBIOTICS are a special form of dietary fiber that acts as a fertilizer for the good bacteria in your gut. PROBIOTICS are live bacteria that can be found in yogurt and other fermented foods. PROBIOTIC bacteria must be kept alive to be active. They may be killed by heat, stomach acid, or simply die with time.

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      1. gpavants says:

        The article said Pre-biotics are found in every foods like: bananas, garlic, onions, leeks, apples, etc. Combined with probiotics they are meant to work. Example: my grandpa swore by garlic on sourdough.

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      2. Garima says:

        Yes that’s true Gary. There are gut flora which help in digestion of food based on prebiotics and probiotics

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