We are approaching cold and flu season!! Help boost your immune system with the foods you eat every day! Many fruits, veggies and meats are high in vitamins and minerals that help your immune system to fight off infection. Below is a list of 6 (yes there are way more) vitamins found in certain foods that can help you keep your immune system strong and functioning at its best! 💪🏻
1️⃣ Vitamin C- Helps protect white blood cells from toxic compounds. Ex: leafy greens, bell peppers, Brussels sprouts, strawberries, citrus fruits and many more.
2️⃣ Vitamin E- An antioxidant that helps your body fight off infection. Ex: Spinach, broccoli, almonds, sunflower seeds, and many more
3️⃣ Vitamin A- Foods high in carotenoids (colorful foods) are turned into vitamin A in the body and gave an antioxidant effect that helps strengthen the immune system from infection. Ex: carrots, sweet potatoes, squash and many more
4️⃣ Iron- Helps your body carry oxygen to cells. Ex: beans, broccoli, kale, turkey, and many more
5️⃣ Selenium- Has the ability to slow the body’s over-active responses. Also lowers oxidative stress on the body. Ex: garlic, broccoli, tuna, and many more
6️⃣ Zinc- Helps slow down the immune response and control inflammation. Ex: yogurt, crab, oysters, lean meats, and many more
In addition to these vitamins, remember to wash your hands often! You can pass on millions of germs with the touch of a hand! 🤚