Online Nutritionist Discusses Super Immune-system Boosting Foods

As online dietitian nutritionists, we work with patients from all walks of life, from all over the world. Nutrition is the key to health, and during Covid and flu season (and this new tripledemic — RSV, Covid, Flu combo) we all need to give our bodies and immune systems an extra boost. Stock up on these foods to give your body the support it needs.

Here are some delicious and nutritious foods that can help boost your immune system:

  • Citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, and lemons are packed with Vitamin C, which can help strengthen your immune system.
  • Papayas and kiwis are also great sources of Vitamin C, as well as potassium and folate, which are essential for overall health.
  • Don’t forget about broccoli! This superfood may have lost some of its popularity to kale, but it’s still a nutritional powerhouse. Broccoli is loaded with Vitamins A, C, and E, antioxidants, and fiber, making it a great choice for supporting immune health. Enjoy it steamed or raw, but be sure to wash it well first!
  • Garlic is known for its immune-boosting properties, as it can help ward off infections. Plus, it adds great flavor to many dishes! Just make sure everyone in your household indulges together, especially if you’re in close quarters.
  • Ginger is another fantastic immune booster, as it’s an anti-inflammatory and can help with sore throats and nausea. Try adding it to your tea, especially if you’re pregnant and dealing with morning sickness.
  • Almonds are a great source of Vitamin E, which is essential for a healthy immune system. Just half a cup of almonds can provide your daily requirement of this important nutrient.
  • Green tea is loaded with an antioxidant called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which can help boost immune function. It also contains flavonoids and L-theanine, an amino acid that can help promote relaxation. Brew a thermos of green tea and sip on it throughout the day.
  • Kefir, kombucha, and yogurt can help support your gut health, which is closely linked to your immune system. Remember, a healthy gut is essential for overall health, both physical and mental.
  • Finally, don’t overlook frozen fruits and vegetables! They retain their nutrients and can be a great way to get essential vitamins and minerals, like blueberries, strawberries, mixed berries, broccoli, and mixed vegetables. Plus, they won’t spoil quickly like fresh produce.

Eating well is the crux of health. It is an essential service you do for your body. Another piece of the puzzle is to keep moving. Many of us are homebound for the next several weeks. Below are some great resources to keep moving in the house. Being active is key to immune health.

Covid-19 has been a humble reminder of our fragility and connection. Life continues. As an online nutritionist group with telehealth services, we provide virtual nutrition counseling for everything from prenatal, and postpartum counseling to weight loss coaching to clinical dietitian services. We’re just a phone call or internet connection away. We can connect and keep your nutrition goals on track.