Eat to Boost Immunity: Tip # 3

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We are still in the thick of the flu season.  Immune health is very important during this time.  I’m back again to provide you with yet another nutritional strategy that supports the immune system.

Ensure adequate Vitamin D intake for optimal immune strength.

While we are able to naturally synthesize Vitamin D through sun exposure, it’s not uncommon for Vitamin D levels to drop off in the winter when colder whether forces us inside more.

Low Vitamin D levels have a direct effect not only on bone health, but immune health as well, and it’s never a bad idea to have your levels checked by your primary care physician.

To ensure you’re getting enough Vitamin D through diet, aim to consume a few of these foods daily: Cod Liver Oil, oily fish (trout, salmon, swordfish, mackerel, tuna and sardines), mushrooms, fortified cereals, tofu, dairy products, pork and eggs.

About the Author:

Kristen Chang
Kristen Chang

Kristen Chang, MS, RDN, CSSD is the current President of the Southwest Virginia Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, an adjunct instructor for Virginia Tech and Radford University and the owner of the nutrition private practice, Real Food For Fuel, LLC.