Now, more than ever, is an important time to keep your immune system strong. The basics are the most important: wash your hands, get adequate sleep, fuel properly, and stay well hydrated. Along with these preventative efforts, including the following nutrients in your diet can help the body fight off disease. Vitamin A, C & E are powerful antioxidants that keep our immune function high. These can be found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Zinc also has shown to have an immune system benefit. Zinc is found in meat, shellfish, legumes, nuts and seeds.
Probiotics are imperative to keep our gut healthy. This is very important since the gut plays a role in preventing pathogens from causing harm to the body and is extremely vital to immune function. Probiotics can be found in yogurt, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, and kombucha. Protein is important to synthesize lean tissue but is also needed to synthesize key immune factors. Water and staying hydrated is critical because water carries nutrients to the cells and helps flush the body of toxins.