Anyone else feel like everyone around them has been coming down with the flu, viruses and other illnesses lately? Often, a change in season can compromise your immune system (particularly when we start to enter warmer months!), so today I’m sharing five foods and herbs to naturally support your immune system and keep you healthy!
Green vegetables – think broccoli, spinach, bok choy – are so important for your immune system! Not only are they an excellent source of important nutrients like iron, fibre, calcium and vitamins C and K, they also provide a chemical signal which encourages the immune cells in your gut and skin (both very important players in your immune system!) to function properly.
Garlic has strong antiviral and antimicrobial properties, making it a weapon against illnesses! It is also a prebiotic, meaning it contains nutrients which nourish the bacteria in your gut. Since the gut contains 70% of the immune system, it’s an important thing to nourish!
3. Brazil nuts
Brazil nuts are a great source of selenium, an antioxidant that has been shown to support immune function and inflammation. Aim for a couple every day to support your immunity!
This herb supports your immune system by helping white blood cells to fight infection.
Citrus fruits like lemon and orange are excellent for immunity! They contain heaps of Vitamin C, which increases the production of white blood cells which, as we’ve just discussed, help fight infections. Not to mention citrus also reduces inflammation, improves gastrointestinal health, and plays a role in preventing diseases like diabetes and cancer.