Keeping the immune system in prime condition depends on many factors. 75-80% of the immune system resides in the gut. When it comes to foods for immune power think about feeding your gut the vitamins and minerals it needs for top-notch operation. Focus on “Pro- ABCDE” along with small amounts of zinc, and selenium. This following food list has many cross-overs between the vitamins and minerals shared and is just a sampling of the ways to fuel immune potency. Be well!
Protein, high quality – Emphasis with grass-fed and hormone free meats, chicken, turkey and dairy. Wild caught seafood.
Probiotics– Fermented foods such as unsweetened kefir, yogurt, kombucha.
Vitamin A– Beef liver, sweet potatoes, acorn squash, broccoli, asparagus
Vitamin B– Eggs, lentils, mushrooms, spinach
Vitamin C– Red pepper, green pepper, chili pepper, kale, cauliflower, mango, Brussels sprouts, kiwi, blueberries, raspberries, citrus, tomatoes
Vitamin D- Eggs, Wild caught salmon. Ultimately, modest skin exposure daily (depending on your age, skin color, and body weight) to sunlight is the best way to get Vitamin D.
Vitamin E- Avocado, almonds, butternut squash
Essential Fatty Acids- Wild caught salmon, sardines
Zinc– Oysters, beef, chicken, lentils, Shiitake mushrooms, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, sesame seeds (tahini paste)
Selenium– Brazil nuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, cottage cheese