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How to Improve your Immune System through Diet

With the rise of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic it has never been more important to take care of your health and improve your immune system. It has been well studied and documented that immune health is a key factor in Covid-19 symptom severity among individuals.

Your diet, along with your sleeping and exercise habits, are responsible for the strength of your immune system. The foods that you eat feed the bacteria in your immune system–which is why consuming fiber from vegetables and fruits are so important. These foods along with your other daily habits help determine your immune response and how susceptible you are to disease.

Fortunately people all over the world are becoming more aware of what they eat, and are making conscious nutrition decisions that improve their health. In this article we’ll discuss how you can boost and improve your immune system with your diet and nutrition.

What is Diet?

When many people think of “diet” they think of food and calorie restriction, but your diet is actually a sum of all the foods you consume. Your diet can either support or work against your immune system and overall health. Fast, processed foods and alcohol trigger chronic inflammation in the body.

Is There A Perfect Diet?

This question would have been on your lips at one point or the other in your dieting journey. We hear of the keto diet, fruit diet, plant-based diet, etc. All of these are effective for one thing or the other, and if you want to lose or gain weight, there would be one of the diet regimens that would work for you. However, our focus here is diet on your immune system.

Now is there a perfect diet that could boost your immune system? We can’t say there is a perfect diet as there is an individual difference to consider. But, research has shown the advantage of some certain diets over some others. Diet with low-fat, plant-based diets, high fiber content diets have been said to be perfect or at least near perfect in boosting the body’s immunity. We’ll discuss more these in the next section of this article.

How Can You Improve Your Immune System With Diet?

If you need to improve your immune system, you would want to pay much attention to the tips below. It is easier said than done, trust me. But when you start seeing the effects, you’d be motivated to continue.

Eat More of Plant Foods

The importance of plant foods should not be undermined. Plant foods provide your body with all the antioxidants there are in helping you fight pathogens and bacteria. It also reduces inflammation, especially the chronic ones associated with Alzheimer’s, specific cancers, etc. Fruits and vegetables are a source of whole plant food.

Make Eating Healthy Fats A Priority

What have you heard about healthy fats like olive oil, salmon, omega-3 fatty acids, and the likes? For one, they increase the ability of your body to fight pathogens. They also help in fighting all viruses and bacteria, which can cause inflammation.

Do Not Leave Out Fermented Foods

Probiotics, very beneficial bacteria, are a key constituent of fermented foods. They help in making your immune cells stronger and block the invasion of harmful microorganisms.

Limit your sugar intake.

Obesity is a key cause of immune deficiencies. It is caused as a result of a disproportionate amount of sugar intake and refined carbohydrates. This can lead to heart disease, diabetes, and other severe health conditions. Limiting your sugar level thus becomes paramount. 

The importance of staying hydrated.

Our immune systems depend on our bloodstreams to move nutrients to vital organs. 

Finally

A healthy diet alone is not enough to boost or improve your immune system. Other lifestyle changes including your exercise and sleep habits, and stress regulation should be considered as well. Having a well rounded health regiment will help ensure that your body is prepared to fight against virus and disease that you may encounter.

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