Written by Laura Nguyen
There's a lot of talk circulating on the internet about foods and products that can boost your immune system. Don’t believe everything that you hear!
Before we get into myth busting though (pardon me for being redundant), practice #safehands & #socialdistancing, always. Okay now onto discovering how food can really help.
As stated by the Dietitians of Canada, “Simply put, it is important to understand that you cannot “boost” your immune system through diet and no specific food, supplement or natural health product will prevent you from catching COVID-19”.
Boosting your immune system isn't a real thing. You can't turbo-charge your immune system to make it hyper-alter or ultra-combative. Your immune system has an optimal state in which it works it's best and you can't boost it beyond that. So how do we keep our immune system in it's best-performing state? By eating a healthy, balanced and nutrient-dense diet! Keep reading to find out what you should you eat to keep your immune system happy!
Finally, give some love to your immune system by feeding it ‘prebiotics’ – which act as food for the good bacteria that naturally lives in the colon of our digestive system. They can be naturally found in specific fruits (e.g. asparagus, leeks, artichoke), and are abundant in oats!
In addition to being rich in prebiotics, oats are great source of selenium & zinc – two essential minerals that help prevent infection with their antioxidant properties! As an added bonus, the beta-glucan (a type of sugar) found in oats is known to help boost our immune system by strengthening our infection-fighting blood cells. Read more about oats and immune health here
Luckily enough, if you’re one to love waking up to some oatmeal in the morning – Yumi Overnight Oats are not only filling, but also extremely nourishing! Matcha Green Apple is a personal fave 🙂.
You may have heard that you should be "eating a rainbow" to get your fill of nutrients, and Laura is here to help you do that. Laura is a registered dietitian, graduated from McGill University, with a love for food, nutrition, art and design. Through her Instagram page @colourmypalate she explores the health benefits of various foods and shares delicious recipes you can make with them. You can also find her recipes on her blog www.colourmypalate.com.
In addition to blogging, Laura offers virtual nutrition counselling and works as a freelance speaker and corporate wellness dietitian. Don't hesitate to reach out, nothing brings her more joy than sharing her knowledge & expertise with others!
Make it a habit to colour your palate!