Ways to Strengthen Your Immune System

It is getting closer to that time of year, flu season. People coughing, sneezing, wheezing – having to miss school or work. The best way to prevent this from happening to you is to stop it before it starts. How? By strengthening your immune system. There are ways to strengthen your immune system to help you take on the world.

Food:

There are many foods that strengthen your immune system, many of which are very yummy and should be in your daily foods you eat anyway.

Rich in beta carotene:

Apricots
Carrots
Sweet potato
Asparagus
Broccoli
Cantaloupe
Peach
Grapefruit
Green peppers
Corn
Kale
Mango
Turnip
Collard greens

Fruits and vegetables: Rich in vitamin C:

Brussel sprouts
Berries
Cauliflower
Honey dew
Kiwi
Nectarines
Orange
Papaya
Pumpkin
Peppers (green, red, and yellow)
Snow peas
Tomatoes

Fruits and Vegetables:

Rich in vitamin E:

Chard
Mustard and Turnip Greens
Spinach and sunflower seeds

Rich in antioxidants:

Apples
Prunes
Raisins
Plums
Onions
Eggplant
Beans
Grapes
Alfalfa

Antioxidants that strengthen immune system:

Zinc:

Oysters
Red meat
Poultry
Beans
Nuts
Seafood
Dairy products
Fortified cereals
Selenium:
Brazil nuts
Tuna
Fortified beans
Poultry
Fortified breads
Red meat

Supplements:

You can also protect and strengthen your immune system by making sure you are getting all of your daily vitamins. Then during flu season you can add a few extra supplements to your regime for extra strength. Vitamins you should already be taking include a multivitamin, calcium, fish oil, and vitamin D. The supplements you can add to your regime include vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B6 and B12. Also, taking things like zinc, iron, and selenium can help strengthen your immune system.

Taking action:

There are certain things you can do, or avoid to strengthen your immune system. Preventing illness will of course start with good hygiene such as washing hands, covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing (or when others are coughing and sneezing), as well as dressing appropriately for the weather. Exercise regularly, keep a healthy weight, control your blood pressure, drink in moderation, and most importantly GET ENOUGH SLEEP. It doesn’t hurt to be skeptical about products that claim to strengthen immune system. Most of the time it is overpriced vitamins and minerals.

With the cold and flu season just around the corner it is important to begin thinking about your defense against illness now. Eating the right foods, a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low fat dairy is the best way to strengthen the immune system. Also, you should make sure you are getting proper vitamins and minerals. Finally, taking the proper course of action and getting enough sleep, is the final way to go.

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