As cold and flu season quickly approaches, now is the time to review a few immune-boosting practices to help keep colds at bay. Frequent hand washing and a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables are two ways to improve your immune health. Following a healthy, well-balanced diet ensures that you receive plenty of immunity-building vitamins. Here are the top 3 vitamins to boost your immunity.
Vitamin C is often touted for its cold-busting powers and for good reason - this water-soluble vitamin is one of the biggest immune system boosters of all. Oranges are a popular choice, but you are not limited to just citrus fruits. Other foods rich in vitamin C include kale, strawberries, broccoli, spinach, and sweet bell peppers.
Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin that plays important roles in many of the body's systems, including the immune system. This vitamin also helps to convert food into energy. Food rich in this energizing vitamin include:
- Beef, particularly beef livers
- Salmon and tuna
- Leafy green vegetables
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant associated with skin, eye, and immune health. Vitamin E, unlike the previous two vitamins, is fat soluble. Foods rich in vitamin E include:
- Wheat germ oil (1 tablespoon alone meets the daily recommended intake!)
- Seeds and nuts: almonds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, peanuts
- Oils: sunflower oil and corn oil
- Leafy greens: spinach
Fuel your immune system with a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains. As always, speak with your doctor before starting a new supplement or medication.