Fruits, Veggies, Proteins & Extra

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Fruits, Veggies, Proteins & More

You will eat orange slices or sip ginger tea when you catch a cold – but including immune-supporting foods in your daily diet may have been a bonus rather than a priority. But now, in the midst of a pandemic and an upcoming cold and flu season, one of the most important questions on your mind might be: what can I eat to boost my immune system?

While there is no real way to "boost" the immune system, there are definitely ways to support immune function – and yes, eating a nutritious diet is one of them.

"First of all, 60 to 80% of our immune system is in our gut and is known as gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT)," explains registered nutritionist Ella Davar, R.D., CDN. In other words, more than half of the immune system lives in the gut, so maintaining the microbiome is important.

Certain foods also contain nutrients like antioxidants, zinc, and fiber that play certain roles in the immune system. "That's why it's important to focus on the diet and the foods we eat every day," says Davar.

How about certain foods that support the immune system? Experts have a lot of recommendations.

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