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Specific nutrients and phytochemical compounds play specific roles in enhancing immune functioning

If you’re looking for a more complete explanation as to why these specific dietary components may help with your immune system, you aren’t alone. Although the evidence points to potential effects across a wide variety of biological immune system regulators, more research will be required before firm conclusions can be drawn.

For now, take note of these nutrients and make the necessary shifts in your diet to push yourself to adequate intake. In doing so, you will be giving your immune system an important boost.

Given the amount of potential pathogens that pass through your mouth, it should come as no surprise that your gastrointestinal tract plays a fundamental role in your immune health

One last area worthy of further exploration is the connection between gut health, diet, and immune health. Let’s talk about prebiotics.

Given the amount of potential pathogens that pass through your mouth, it should come as no surprise that your gastrointestinal tract plays a fundamental role in your immune health. Probiotics, or healthy bacteria, populate your GI tract. You want an ample probiotic population to optimize health, and you achieve that, in part, by feeding those healthy gut bacteria prebiotic fibre.

The added bonus? As thanks for feeding them well, those healthy bacteria create byproducts known as short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) which are potent antioxidant and pro immune compounds.

Prebiotic fibres are found in a wide array of foods including, but not limited to, foods such as bananas, oats, nectarines, barley, seaweed, onions, garlic, lentils, chickpeas, rye, cashews, almonds and flaxseeds.

Andy is a registered dietitian and multi-book author who has operated a private practice in Toronto since 2015. He spends his free time eating, writing and talking about kale @AndyTheRD. He can be reached at AndyTheRD.com.

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