Which foods can boost my immunity to prevent getting the flu?

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Which foods can boost my immunity to prevent getting the flu?

With Flu season just around the corner, it’s no surprise that people are curious if their diet can help boost their immunity. Before I dive into answering this question, let’s break down the word ‘boost’. When it comes to immune health, the best term to use here would actually be ‘support’. You can support your immune system with good nutrition and lifestyle habits, like minimizing stress, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly. But, I hate to break it to you, there isn’t one single food or supplement that will prevent or fight off those unwanted viruses and infections.
When it comes to eating well to support your immune health, focus on having a wide variety of foods. Research has shown that a diverse and balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, protein, and whole grains are the building blocks for a strong immune system. Focus on making half your plate colourful vegetables and fruits, a quarter of your plate whole-grain carbohydrates, and the last quarter of your plate be protein. Whether that’s coming from animal sources like poultry, fish, meat, or eggs, or plant-based proteins, like beans, legumes, or tofu.
So, stay hydrated, move your body, and manage your stress levels as best as you can. But the bottom line is, to support your immune system, a well balanced diet with lots of variety is key. For more information on how nutrition lifestyle can support immune health, check out our blog post on this very topic at www.shoppersdrugmart.ca/dietitians

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The information provided is for personal use, reference and education only and is not intended to be a substitute for a physician’s advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult your healthcare professional for specific information on personal health matters.

The information included in this recording is correct as of August 27th, 2021