8 Foods To Help Build A Healthy Immune System
If you want to help support your immune system, be sure your diet includes plenty of natural vitamin C. This powerful antioxidant plays a central role in the repair and regeneration of tissues and helps protect cells throughout the body. Good food sources of vitamin C include:
- Pink grapefruit
Be sure to give priority to the organic forms of these foods, as several are on the Dirty Dozen list from the Environmental Working Group. You may also consider supplemental vitamin C. While it is available in many forms, Dr. Weil suggests using a simple vitamin C supplement derived from D-glucose, taken daily with a meal to prevent stomach upset.
Given the time of year, more and more data points to the necessity of optimal vitamin D levels. It’s best to keep an eye on this level with your health care provider. Aim for a 25-hydroxyvitamin D level above 30, and supplement with the vitamin D3 form if needed, as season and location will impact how well you make this sunshine vitamin on your own.
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