Naturopathic Physician

Immune System Support Through Food

Earlier in the Spring I wrote about some common sense practices that can help keep your immune system strong and healthy. These suggestions included proper sleep, proper exercise, lowering stress, continuation of vitamins and supplements and proper nutrition. I promised to talk about a few foods that you may have on hand right now that can help our immune systems.

The following are some foods that have vitamins or properties that will help support your immune system. I am not stating that these foods or supplements will prevent a person from contracting a particular virus but they have been shown to support a strong immune function. Some of these supplements or foods may already be in your pantry and have a high content of the vitamin or property listed in front of it.

Vitamin C citrus fruit, red chili peppers, green peppers, kiwi, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, mango, green leafy vegetables, potatoes, both white and sweet.
Selenium Brazil nuts, Snapper, Halibut, Salmon, Swiss chard, oats, orange juice, wheat germ, molasses, and sunflower seeds
Garlic well it is garlic and is high in garlic 🙂 but garlic has shown to have anti viral properties.
Zinc oysters, beef, wheat germ, dark turkey meat, swiss and cheddar cheese, lima beans, potatoes, oats, and pumpkin seeds.
Probiotics These bacteria are found in live culture yogurts, kefir, fermented foods such as sauerkraut and Kimchi.
Anti Inflammatory foods such as ginger, tumeric, berries, broccoli, fatty fish, avocados, and Green tea.

By incorporating more of these foods in your diet can help your immune system stay string and healthy.These nutrients can also be found in supplement form as well. If you need help obtaining quality vitamins please let us know or if you need help individualizing a diet or supplement plan also feel free to reach out to the office. At times a cleanse or a food sensitivity test, which even can be done at home, is needed to determine what diet is right for you.

We are offering phone consults,telemedicince consults and in office visits, please feel free to reach out to us.

Take good care,

Michelle K. Jackson


Naturopathic Physician