What you eat has a huge impact on how well your immune system is able to function. Eating whole, nutrient-dense foods offers your body the building blocks it needs for optimal immunity—and optimal health—in any season.
. Garlic—antimicrobial and stimulates the immune system
. Fish oil—omega-3’s increase phagocytic activity and strengthen cell membranes
. Leafy greens—high in B vitamins, minerals, and beta-carotene
. Berries—packed with antioxidants to deal with the aftermath of immune battles
. Citrus—high in vitamin C and other bioflavonoids
. Chicken Soup—delicious, digestible, and familiar; it’s also nutrient-rich
. Ginger—antioxidant, antimicrobial, and warming to fend off colds
. Elderberry—loaded with antioxidants and helps your cells hide from viruses
. Carrots, winter squash, sweet potatoes—packed with beta-carotene and other phytonutrients
. Mushrooms—high in immune-boosting polysaccharides
Besides keeping yourself well-nourished, get outside for sunshine and a walk every day, allow for plenty of rest, and spend some time in good company—all activities that will support excellent immunity.