From The Desk of Dr. Phil: Simple Tips to Boost Your Immunity

How can we protect ourselves from getting colds and flu naturally?

The key is boosting your immune system. Consider adding a few key nutrients to your diet daily.

Vitamin C:  This vitamin is an antioxidant which helps the body increase production of white blood cells. Found in red peppers, citrus (grapefruit, lemons, limes and clementine’s), kiwi, spinach and broccoli.

Beta Carotene:  Is an antioxidant which increases the infection fighting abilities of the immune system. Found in carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, squash, red & yellow peppers, peas, broccoli, romaine, apricots, and cantaloupe.

Vitamin D3:  Boosts the body’s natural defense against disease, lowering your risk of infection.

Zinc:  Helps control inflammation and boosts immune response. Found in dairy, greens, whole grains, beans, meats and seafood.

Probiotics:  Their function is to control inflammation blocking the harmful bacteria maintaining a healthy gut barrier. Found these foods: yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, tempeh, kombucha, and pickles.

Anti-Inflammatories:  Sources include omega-3 fish oil supplements, ginger, turmeric and cinnamon.

Also wash your hands often, hydrate, move or exercise daily, rest and ample sleep at night.

Stay well,

Dr. Phil McAllister @ Forward Health Guelph