Between battling its usual archenemies — like the germs that cause the common cold and free radicals that constantly barrage your cells — your body’s immune system gets a real workout. Keeping your immune system in fighting shape and ready for action is key to staying well. As your body’s first line of defense, the immune system can benefit from healthy foods that provide essential nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins that support optimal immune system health.
But what can you do to help keep your immune system in top condition? According to Dr. Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, FACSM, chair of Jenny Craig’s Science Advisory Board, one of the essential elements of a strong immune system is a healthy diet.
“Whole foods filled with high-quality carbs, fats and proteins are key,” she says, adding that foods rich in immunity-boosting vitamins are particularly beneficial.