Support your gut health.
Did you know that 60% of your body’s immune system lives in the gut? Supporting gut health is critical for a balanced, healthy immune system. You can support your gut health by consuming foods that are rich in probiotics (kimchi and sauerkraut, for example). I recommend a probiotic supplement – especially one that contains prebiotic fiber (the fuel that increases the presence of healthy bacteria in the gut).
Do you get enough vitamin D?
If you’re like 40% of Americans, probably not. Insufficient levels of Vitamin D can result in frequent sickness and infection, fatigue, pain, bone and hair loss, and slow-healing wounds. Vitamin D plays a critical role in many of the body’s essential functions, such as the immune and nervous systems. Food is rarely a sufficient source of vitamin D. And, depending on where you live, you’re probably not getting enough in the form of sunshine right now.
Are you getting enough Omega 3?
Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil may have benefits beyond potentially supporting brain health — they could also benefit the immune system, according to university studies. Researchers from Michigan State University and East Carolina University found that fish oil high in the omega-3 fatty acid compound DHA seemed to boost activity of a white blood cell called a B cell, a vital part of the body’s immune response. In these studies the DHA-rich fish oil worked in mice in a particular way, prompting researchers to note that these findings could have special applications for people with compromised immune systems. Journal of Leukocyte Biology, 2012; 93 (4)