After the global pandemic, we’re all more interested in building a healthy immune system. Start with the basics, like eating fruit and vegetables every day. Greens are high in protective antioxidants and immune-building compounds like Vitamin C. So eating enough greens helps your body defend itself against viruses, bacteria and other bugs. If you do still happen to catch a cold or flu, quality nutrition will help your body fight it off much faster and you won’t feel so run down.
Nutritionist Melanie McGrice says, “My ideal meal is fish, which is rich in zinc and omega-3, served with colourful vegetables, because they are full of antioxidants. Colourful vegetables like sweet potato, spinach and capsicum give you Vitamin C and mushrooms and garlic and are also rich in prebiotic fibre. Gut health is extremely important to our immunity. Foods that are rich in prebiotic fibre are great for gut health, and your entire immune system.”
Foods high in omega-3 fats, such as oily fish, peanuts and flaxseeds have an anti-inflammatory effect. While spices such as turmeric and ginger can add flavour and nutrition to your meals. If you have children, keep fresh fruit in the fridge or in a bowl where they are easy to reach. All fresh fruit is rich in Vitamin C, which helps to fight infections.