Support Your Immune System with Food

August 12, 2020

“Let food be thy medicine.”

Food can be our most powerful tool if utilized properly. Eating the correct foods can have a positive impact on our immune system, influencing how often we get sick. We’re headed back to school in a couple of weeks and soon it will be winter. With that comes germs and sickness. Today we want to discuss some of the foods that are best for your immune system, including ones that are high in Vitamin D, Zinc, and enzymes. We want to break down what each of these vitamins or minerals are and how you can better incorporate them into your diet.

What is Vitamin D?

Vitamin D has anti-inflammatory properties that are crucial in activity in your immune system defense. It is also known to help with the function of your cells and prevent respiratory tract infections.

How to Increase Vitamin D:

Not very many foods contain Vitamin D. The foods that do are fatty fish such as salmon and tuna. As well as in beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks. Some of the best ways to get more Vitamin D is to spend time in the sun or take a supplement.

What is Zinc?

Zinc is the heavy hitter for aiding your immunity. It is one of the greatest ways to stay healthy. Zinc is found in your cells, it helps your immune system by fighting off bacteria. Your body also needs zinc to make proteins and DNA for your cells. Foods that are high in Zinc: Foods high in zinc include oysters, beef, chicken, tofu, pork, nuts, seeds, lentils, yogurt, oatmeal, and mushrooms meat.

What are enzymes?

Enzymes are essential for a healthy lifestyle and body. They aid healthy digestion and work with your body to digest your food into molecules that your body uses for various functions. Without these enzymes, your body has poor digestions, and without proper digestion, your immune system is left with a lack of nutrients that support immune function.
Foods that are high in enzymes: Pineapples, papayas, mangoes, honey, bananas, avocados, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, kiwifruit, and ginger.

Other ways to boost your immune system can include avoiding nicotine, getting plenty of sleep, and exercising regularly. But the best advice we can give you is to eat well and aid your immune system with what you feed your body.

“Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments.”
Bethenny Frankel

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