by Aly Findlay
Your immune system is incredible. When in contact with something that could cause a problem, it immediately jumps into action, providing a defence against nasty infections and has an amazing way of functioning to keep track of what’s in your body.
A healthy immune system starts with what you put into your body. Plant foods are mostly anti-inflammatory, so eating lots of fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains, is vital. Likewise, there are lots of studies that have found links between an impaired immune system and issues like obesity, so a plant-based diet can also help by ensuring you maintain a healthy weight.
Here are some of our top tips for adding those all-important foods to your diet to help support your immune system.
Eat the rainbow
The more (natural) colours in your diet, the wider the range of different vitamins and minerals you will be consuming.
Foods high in vitamins A, C and E – otherwise known as antioxidant vitamins – should be a big part of your diet. They help protect against harmful and toxic molecules in the body (preventing illness and infection).
Vitamin A helps your body regulate its immune system and can protect against infection.
Foods rich in Vitamin A:
Vitamin C helps protect your body from infection, and can even stimulate the development of antibodies to fight off disease.
Foods rich in Vitamin C:
Vitamin E is an antioxidant and helps to offset toxins in the body. Vitamin E has even been said to help protect the body against several infectious diseases.
Foods rich in Vitamin E:
Add herbs to your regime
As well as all the tasty fruit and veg above, there are a number of herbs that can also help support a healthy immune system.
Extra tips for supporting your immune system