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    Build Your Immune System with Diet & Exercise

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    Having a strong immune system will be beneficial in keeping you healthy during these months ahead. Diet and exercise can play a big role in strengthening your immune system.

    Having a healthy diet with a large assortment of fruits and veggies gives your body what it needs to fight off viruses. There are some foods that have higher levels of antioxidants than others. Blueberries are one of the superfoods that contain a type of flavonoid that can help boost your immune system. Blueberries have a high level of antioxidants too that play an important role in fighting off colds and inflammation. Blueberries are easy to add into your diet too. In addition to being a healthy treat as is, you can add them into your oatmeal, breakfast cereal, smoothies, and pancakes--they also taste great on a salad.

    Fish that is high in Omega 3 fatty acids are also great for building immunity against common ailments. Fish such as salmon and tuna are high in Omega 3 fatty acids. Long term fish eaters have the greatest benefits from Omega 3 fatty acids. Make fish a regular part of your healthy diet.

    Diets containing flavonoid rich foods like fruits and vegetables have many health benefits. Flavonoids occur naturally in plant pigments and are great antioxidants. Green tea, which can be served either hot or cold, contains flavonoids. Try swapping out your regular colas and coffees for green tea and get some extra health benefits.

    Many foods contain flavonoids and higher levels of Vitamin C. Incorporate foods that have many vitamins in them to reap all of the benefits from eating a healthy diet. Contact a sports nutritionist or dietitian if you have specific dietary needs or just need some direction on where to start your healthy eating journey.

    Having a healthy diet isn’t the only way to boost your immune system. Exercising also boosts the immune system and gives you more energy. Exercise can improve your overall fitness and help you to maintain a healthy weight. Having increased fitness and maintaining a healthy weight are ways you can strengthen your immune system with exercise. You can opt for an easy walk or jog on a work break or a walk with your dogs in the evening. Use a pedometer to count your steps. The idea is to get active and stay active for a healthy lifestyle.

    Eating a variety of fruits and veggies can make sure you get extra Vitamin C and anti-inflammatory properties, giving you a strengthened immune system. Exercising can also boost the immune system by helping you to maintain a healthy weight. Make the commitment today for a healthier lifestyle and your future self will thank you.

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