A healthy, varied diet is important in order to maintain a healthy immune system. There is no magic pill or specific food that will protect you from a virus, but an overall healthy lifestyle will give your body the best tools to fight illness. There are several things you can do to help strengthen your immune response, however, if you already have a strong immune system, there is little scientific evidence that you can actually give it an extra “boost.”
The best way to ensure your immune system is ready to fight infections is by taking a food-first approach to vitamins and nutrients. Food-first means that you focus on getting all the nutrients you need from food before resorting to supplements.
Our bodies are complex, and the immune system contains various cells and proteins that require different vitamins and minerals to function optimally to defend and limit infection. While supplements might work, real food is the optimal way to get the best possible effects of what you put into your body. Also, since scientists are still studying nutrients and how they function in symbiosis, measuring the immune response from a specific nutrient is extremely difficult. With a balanced diet, you also avoid getting excessive amounts of vitamins and minerals, which may lead to negative side effects.
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