Now more than ever because of COVID-19 keeping our immune system healthy is the number one topic of discussion. The question is do we have control over the overall health of our immune system? The answer is yes, we do. The best way to build a strong immune system is with good nutrition and exercise. Being in the midst of our new normal during the pandemic now is not the time to be lazy or unhealthy.
Here are the top 5 vitamins that help with building a strong immune system:
You can get vitamin c not just from citrus fruits but from leafy greens and vegetables such as spinach, kale, bell peppers, and brussel sprouts. Vitamin C is in so many foods and beverages that you may not have to take a supplement unless you’re deficient.
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps your body fight off infection. You can find vitamin E in almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts, and sunflower seeds.
This fat-soluble vitamin is available in many foods. Vitamin A is important for normal vision, the immune system, and reproduction. Foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, cantaloupe, and squash are all great options for Vitamin A.
Getting a proper dose of Vitamin D can be tricky because many people have a hard time absorbing Vitamin D from food. However, you can increase your intake by eating fish such as sardines, salmon, and tuna. Also, find a few minutes every day to social distance outside while collecting some Vitamin D from the sun.
Iron helps your body carry oxygen to cells. You can absorb Iron by eating poultry such as chicken or turkey and seafood. Beans, broccoli, and kale are also other sources of Iron.
The easiest way to consume all the vitamins listed above at once is by making a delicious colorful salad or even a hearty soup! The options are endless.
Author Dr. Rebecca Getzke, D.C. & Clinical Nutritionist Dr. Rebecca Getzke is a chiropractor and clinical nutritionist with 7 years of clinical experience. Originally from the Catskill Mountains of NY, Dr. Getzke attended Binghamton University where she received a BS in Biology, before pursuing a doctorate in chiropractic at New York Chiropractic College. After completing her chiropractic degree, Dr. Getzke worked in a busy, multidisciplinary medical office outside of Manhattan. She then returned to New York Chiropractic College as a faculty member, where she completed a four-year post-doctoral clinical teaching fellowship. During the fellowship, she also received a Masters in Clinical Nutrition and maintained a private practice serving the Native American population of the Finger Lakes region of NY. Dr. Getzke is passionate about helping people get out of pain and guiding others on their journey toward optimum health and wellness. When she’s not in the office, she enjoys yoga, running, cycling, and spending time with family and friends.