How To Boost The Immune System

Looking for ways to give your immune system a boost? Read here for tips including food to boost the immune system.

If you feel that your immune system needs some help — perhaps because you’re run down, unwell or just getting older — then the good news is that there’s plenty you can do.

Commit to a healthier lifestyle for an immune system boost. You’ll find that the rest of your body benefits, too.

Here are some steps you can take to boost your immune system:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat a health, balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables and low in saturated fat and refined sugars
  • Feed and increase levels good immune supporting gut bacteria
  • Control your blood pressure
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all
  • Get enough sleep
  • Don’t smoke

Foods to boost immune system

The immune system requires a number of particular nutrients to function properly including vitamin C, D as well as minerals such as zinc and selenium. By eating the right, nutrient-packed foods you can get such nutrients and give your immune system a lift. Try to add the following immune boosting foods into your diet when you’re feeling low:

  • Oats and barley
  • Garlic (raw if you can bear it!)
  • Broccoli and spinach (packed with vitamins A, C, and E, as well as numerous antioxidants)
  • Selenium-rich shellfish
  • Omega-3 fat-containing salmon, mackerel and herring
  • Zinc-rich foods, such as beef, pork, poultry or dairy products
  • Vitamin A-rich foods, such as sweet potatoes, tomatoes and carrots
  • Vitamin C-rich foods, such as kiwi and citrus fruits

 

 

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