Our immune system is what keeps us happy and healthy by helping to fight off harmful viruses and diseases. Although it’s a natural biological process, sometimes our immune systems need a boost – that’s where immune-boosting foods come in!
The power of immune-boosting foods is truly remarkable. Choosing whole, unprocessed foods does wonders for overall health. Eating a varied diet with lots of high-fibre foods is recommended, and for microbiome health, the more wholefoods and plant foods you consume, the better. Additionally, a lot of people are Vitamin D deficient or low in Vitamin D which can result in a weak immune system, it is therefore advised that we should take the daily recommended supplement of 10mcg of Vitamin D (NHS 1). There are also some amazing natural sources of vitamin D like the sun that can help you ensure your building immunity.
Combined with a healthy diet, it is very important to be physically active. The NHS says adults should be physically active in some way every day, and do at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity (hiking, gardening, cycling) or 75 minutes of vigorous activity (running, swimming fast, an aerobics class) (NHS 2)
It’s this combination of healthy living – exercise and a wholefoods diet – that can help strengthen your immune system. We’ve rounded up a great selection of vegan immune boosting foods for you to add to your diet.
Dates and other dry fruits like almonds provide us with the essential vitamins and minerals for strengthening immunity (5). At Nakd we are extremely passionate about the power of wholefoods which is why we use 100% natural ingredients in all our fruit and nut bars like our new Almond Macaroon Bar. Made with immune boosting dates, these vegan snack bars are gluten and dairy free so that everyone can get a taste!
For even more amazing insights into immunity checkout our blog on How to Strengthen Your Immune System.