Foods and the immune system

It’s a very uncertain and unsettling time at the moment, so it’s understandable that many people are thinking about their immune system. This has, however, resulted in immune ‘boosting’ myths popping up left, right and centre 🤦🏼‍♀️ I appreciate the fear everyone is feeling and while some ideas may not be harmful, others could be and may actually distract you from what’s really important. Let’s take a closer look 👀

Firstly, you can’t actually ‘boost’ your immune system, nor would you want to (consider any autoimmune condition where the body attacks itself) 😳 Instead, a healthy immune system likes to be in balance, so it’s best to think about supporting its ‘normal’ functioning ⚖️ Although any claims you may have heard can be alluring, unfortunately there’s no compelling evidence that any particular food or supplements will provide you with superior disease-fighting abilities.

Instead of over-focusing on any one food over another, try your best to eat a nutritious and balanced diet. One which includes fruits and vegetables (tinned, frozen, dried all count), wholegrains, protein-rich foods; like beans, lentils, nuts and fish and dairy products or fortified alternatives, to help support your immune system and provide it with all the nutrients it needs.

Although it’s easier for some of us to get outside, whilst still adhering to the rules, try to include some exercise 🚴🏻‍♀️🏋️🚶‍♂️ into your daily life. Take advantage of Instagram workouts, free apps and other videos available online.

Try to maintain a healthy mind – now this probably is the most tricky and certainly isn’t my area of expertise but we do know that stress can affect our physical health. Try tips like avoiding reading too much on the news, daily yoga 🧘 mindfulness or anything really that may help you relax, even just a bit.

Oh and remember to regularly wash your hands, avoid touching your face and maintain social distancing.

Stay positive and stay safe ❤️