Healthy eating positively supports your entire body, including your immune system. The immune system relies on specialised cells to help prevent and fight off infections and some other diseases that can make us ill. Like all cells in the body, these immune cells rely on a careful balance of energy, protein, and micronutrients for optimal functioning.
Healthy lifestyle choices can help you maintain a healthier immune system, here are three principles to keep in mind:
- 1Take steps to avoid obesity. Obesity is a very complex health issue that can increase risk of many health conditions and diseases.
- 2Ensure you are eating enough food. Undernutrition can lead to compromised immune function, reducing the body’s ability to fight off harmful pathogens.
- 3Consume nutrient-rich foods. Certain micronutrients, vitamins and antioxidants are important to help maintain healthy immune system function. Nutrient deficiencies can increase susceptibility to infectious pathogens.
Eating for a healthy immune system
Listed food suggestions are deigned to promote a healthy, balanced diet, but may not suit everyone's individual dietary, nutritional or medical requirements. Food types and examples are general in nature and should not be considered exhaustive or absolute. The above information is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health or personal advice. Please consult a healthcare professional before making changes to your diet.
NP-AU-NA-WCNT-210006 Date of GSK Approval: June 2021
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