Immune system health and keeping the system strong and healthy can be accomplished by maintaining healthy eating habits. Eating foods rich in specific vitamins and supplements can help the immune system fight off illness, maintain energy levels, and help during injury recovery. Here we look at choosing foods with the right vitamins to build and strengthen the immune system throughout the year.
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The immune system consists of complex cells, processes, and chemicals that constantly defend the body against invading pathogens, including viruses, toxins, and bacteria. Keeping the immune system healthy year-round is key to infection and disease prevention. Healthy lifestyle choices consist of the following:
Scientists have found that vitamin C deficiency can cause over-susceptibility to viruses, bacteria, etc.
These foods are ranked from highest levels of Vitamin C to lower levels:
B6-rich foods in order from highest levels of B6 to lower levels:
From the highest levels to the lowest.
Foods from highest levels to lowest.
Foods from highest to lowest levels of selenium.
Maintaining healthy hydration can increase immune health.
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