4 Ways to Support a Healthy Immune System

McKenzie Jones | November 1, 2021

While there is still so much that is yet to be discovered about the immune system, fostering healthy lifestyle habits is likely to support immune function. Here are four simple strategies you can implement today.

Eat a diet rich in fruits and veggies.

Antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies help to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress. Additionally, micronutrient deficiencies – or falling short on important vitamins and minerals – can make your body more vulnerable. Eating a diet full of nutrient-rich foods is an important line of defense. And these foods are some of our favorites for supporting healthy immune function.

Get adequate sleep.

Most of us are living in a sleep-deprived state, but sleep deserves to be a priority. Getting adequate sleep not only helps to protect against the development of several chronic conditions, but it also helps keep the hormones responsible for regulating your appetite – ghrelin and leptin – in check. Give your body a chance to rest and recover from the day so it can function its best tomorrow.

Support a healthy gut.

Our gut bacteria comprise more than 75 percent of the immune system – so enjoy foods containing both probiotics and prebiotics. Prebiotics promote the growth of “good” bacteria while probiotics are the “good” bacteria. Together, they make a great team. Some of our go-to foods for prebiotics? Bananas, onions, beans, and whole grains. And you can find probiotics in fermented foods, like cultured dairy or non-dairy yogurts, sauerkraut, kombucha, and tempeh.

Prioritize self-care.

Mild acute stress can actually be positive – it can help you avoid danger or motivate you to meet a deadline. But, long-term, chronic stress may impact your sleep, mental well-being, and immune function.  Long-term stressors can take a toll, so find ways to be kind to yourself and manage your stress healthfully.

McKenzie Jones

McKenzie Jones

McKenzie is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for nutribullet who aims to make the world a healthier, happier place. She believes that living a healthy lifestyle and eating for your health isn't meant to be complicated -- it's meant to be simple, enjoyable, and judgment-free (with room for dessert). When she’s not dishing out nutrition tidbits, you can find McKenzie visiting her local farmers market, hiking her favorite trails with her husband, and chasing after her daughters.

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