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What Foods Are Good for Your Immune System?

There are few things we have control over these days—or at least that's how it feels! But one thing you can control is your habits.

Are your lifestyle habits helping to protect your health? Or could they actually be weakening your immune system?

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Centennial wants to offer some insight into the immune system and steps you can take to keep it strong.

What Is the Immune System?

Your immune system is extremely important, as its primary function is to make sure your body stays safe from disease. When you have a strong immune system, you are better able to ward off viruses, bacteria and/or toxins that could try to threaten your health.

Therefore, you want to make sure you are doing what you can to strengthen your immune system rather than tearing it down.

Ways to Boost Your Immune System

  • Stay active.
  • Follow a healthy diet.
  • Find ways to manage stress.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Don't smoke.
  • Limit your alcohol consumption.

How Can You Manage Stress?

When you are stressed, your body releases stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, which actually weaken your immune system. During this time, it can be difficult to avoid feeling stressed. But you can take steps to effectively manage your stress.

For instance, you want to make sure that you are managing your time, as procrastination can lead to stress. In addition, do not be afraid to talk to someone or even keep a stress journal so that you can get your feelings out of your head and out there. Beyond these steps, you can also promote a healthier immune system with the foods you eat.

Foods That Boost the Immune System

  • Citrus
  • Bell peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Spinach
  • Yogurt
  • Almonds
  • Turmeric
  • Green tea
  • Papaya
  • Kiwi
  • Poultry
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Shellfish

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