Immunity-boosting foods

Emma Hennessy (TheLorian)

Did you know that certain foods could help strengthen your immune system? Your immune system is vital to everyday health. It works hard to fight off harmful germs and bacteria. It’s very important to have a strong immune system to stay healthy, especially as cold and flu season approaches on top of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Disclaimer: While a healthy diet can help strengthen your immune system, it is important to note that these foods alone cannot protect you from COVID-19. This list is not meant to replace vaccines and modern medicine. This list is simply mentioning foods that you can add to your diet to optimize health. This article is not meant to be taken as medical advice.

It is important to find a way to incorporate vitamin C into your diet, as the human body does not produce it. According to Healthline.com, citrus fruits are packed with plenty of vitamin C, which will help strengthen immunity. Citrus fruits include lemons, oranges, tangerines, and limes. Whether eating an orange or squeezing a lemon into water, incorporating vitamin C into your daily routine can help the body fight off illness.

Healthline.com states that broccoli is another food filled with nutrients that are vital to your health. Broccoli contains vitamins A, C, and E. When eating broccoli, one is consuming fiber and other antioxidants. Healthline.com says that to consume all of these nutrients, people should:

“[C]ook [broccoli] as little as possible — or better yet, not at all. Research has shown that steaming is the best way to keep more nutrients in food.”

Yogurt is another great food for immunity. Yogurt is high in vitamin D, which helps regulate the immune system. However, make sure to eat yogurts that are not too high in sugar. Healthline.com suggests adding some honey to a bowl of Greek yogurt.

According to dailynews.com, pistachios, almonds, and walnuts are great snacks to incorporate into a diet. Nuts have a lot of healthy fats, which contain vitamin E. Vitamin E contains antioxidants that will support the immune system.

Eggs are also good for boosting your immune system, especially the yolk. Eggs contain a lot of vitamin D. Eatthisnotthat.com states:

“According to a study published in the journal JAMA, participants who took a daily serving of vitamin D in the wintertime were less likely to catch a cold or any other upper respiratory tract infection in comparison to those who did not.”

It is very important to take care of your health by incorporating a healthy diet. Eating all the right foods, in moderation, is vital to maintaining a healthy body and mind. Keep this diet in mind, not only because of the pandemic and cold and flu season but also to keep oneself and others healthy year-round.

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