Five Ways to Keep Your Immune System Healthy On the Daily

The key to a healthy immune system is working at it every day.

After the past few years, I probably don’t need to remind you how important it is to support your immune system. Immunity support is something you should think about every day, especially when making decisions about what to eat.

Our best tool to keep high levels of immunity is through our diet. Our gut health plays a huge role in immunity and metabolism. Ingesting the right nutrients will only help our bodies run smoothly and fight off any infections or worldwide pandemics.

Here are five ways to support your immune system every day.

Eat probiotics- Working low-fat Greek yogurt or kombucha into your diet are two ways to add more probiotics, or ‘good bacteria’ into your digestive system. Just make sure your yogurt contains probiotics (it should be printed on the label), and feel free to add honey, granola, and fresh fruit to increase the benefits and add to the taste.

Increase protein intake- Protein contains amino acids and peptides which help in the creation of white blood cells. White blood cells play an active role in fighting off infection, and rebuilding cells. Thus, getting enough protein will help your immune system rebuild your body after an infection or injury.

Don’t skimp on Omega-3s. Omega 3 fatty acids are a natural anti-inflammatory, which is an important part of your immune system. If you aren’t eating enough fish, make sure to take an Omega-3 supplement daily to keep things in working order.

Increase your fruits and veggies. Fruits and vegetables (especially colorful ones, like peppers, strawberries, and leafy greens) contain antioxidants, which help to repair the damage done by free radicals. If you can find a way to incorporate colorful fruits and veggies into your diet every day, it will help your immune response.

Don’t’ be afraid of supplements. When it comes to our diets, there is always something we are bound to miss. If you’re worried about getting all your nutrients, start taking all-in-one vitamins, and make sure they contain Vitamins C, D, A, and E, iron, folic acid, selenium, and B6 for a healthy immune system.

Published by karenmsutton

HSS Orthopaedic surgeon in sports medicine | Mother of 4 amazing children | Team physician for USA Women's Lacrosse | ACL injury expert

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