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Cleveland Clinic: How to boost your immune system for winter | Food

With colds, flu and COVID rampant these days, a registered dietitian has some tips on how to boost your immune system.



With colds, COVID and flu rampant these days, it’s important to make sure you’re taking all the right precautions to stay safe.

And that includes building your immune system to help fight germs.

“Immunity is important year-round, but specifically at this time of year,” said Julia Zumpano, RD, registered dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic. “Kids are going back to school, we have a lot of germs coming in and out of the house. So to keep your family as healthy as possible, we really need to stay on top of our hygiene and our immunity.

Zumpano said that to help boost your immune system, it’s important to eat a healthy diet, which includes plenty of fruits and vegetables.

You also want to make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C, zinc, selenium, and iron.

Zumpano recommends getting these vitamins and minerals from your food and not taking supplements.

However, if you wish to take a supplement, be sure to consult your healthcare provider first.

And finally, another easy way to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet is to make smoothies.

“You can pack spinach, berries, and Greek yogurt and really any fruit or vegetable can be packed in it, a variety,” she said. “You can get chia seeds or flax seeds for some omega-3s, so smoothies are a great way to go, especially if you’re on the go.”

Zumpano said it’s important to remember that building your immune system takes time, so be sure to eat these types of foods regularly.