Immune Supporting Nutrition
We should be doing proactive things year round that help support our immune systems but there is no better time than now with the presence of COVID 19, to begin to implement small changes that can have big impact. Getting adequate sleep, having good stress management practices and a balanced eating plan will help to support your immune system all year round.
- Citrus foods are a well-known food type high in Vitamin C. Berries, sweet peppers, tomatoes and broccoli are also great sources of this immune supporting vitamin.
- Zinc helps the immune system work efficiently and may help with wound healing. Zinc tends to be better absorbed from animal sources. These sources include beef and seafood but there are vegetarian sources like beans, nuts and tofu that are great too!
- Salmon and other protein sources contain amino acids that help to produce neurotransmitters that contribute to mood regulation. Adequate protein consumption is also vital to make and repair cells. This is important for when our body is growing or needing to repair itself after an illness or injury. Muscles, organs, hair and eyes are primarily made from protein.
A well balanced eating plan includes a variety of fruits and vegetables daily to get vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that support immune health. Aim for 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Choose lean protein options such as poultry, fish or beans that help with healing and recovery. Drink adequate amounts of water to stay hydrated and add in supplements when necessary!
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