Now more than ever I feel the stress of working from home and soon homeschooling my 8 and 12-year-old children do to distance learning. As my summer winds down I need to do a better job of taking care of my immune system so I don’t get overstressed and become sick. These top ten foods are a must to incorporate into your diet.

  1. Broccoli-packed with vitamins A, C, and E, as well as fiber and many other antioxidants. Remember steaming is the best way to keep more nutrients in the food.
  2. Spinach-rich in vitamin C- packed with numerous antioxidants and beta carotene, may increase the infection-fighting ability of our immune system.
  3. Almonds-fat soluble and contains vitamin E, this powerful antioxidant is key to a healthy immune system.
  4. Oranges-high in vitamin C, thiamine, folate, and antioxidants.
  5. Red bell peppers-high in vitamin C, rich in source of beta carotene which converts into vitamin A, helps your eyes and skin stay healthy.
  6. Garlic contains compounds that help the immune system fight germs. If you do catch a cold be sure to eat garlic it will reduce your symptoms.
  7. Green tea-packed with flavonoids, a type of antioxidant, good source of the amino acid L-theanine, L-theanine may aid in the production of germ-fighting compounds in your T cells.
  8. Shellfish (crab, oysters, mussels) high in zinc which helps strengthen your immune system.
  9. Kiwi- full of a ton of essential nutrients, including folate, potassium, vitamin K, and vitamin C.
  10. Turmeric- immune booster, can help decrease exercise-induced muscle damage. I eat turmeric powder in my coffee it’s not too bad.

Let’s make sure as we enter into fall you take time for yourself. Feed your body the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.

All my best,

Tara