Eat a well-balanced diet. Focus on nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, as well as healthy proteins that provide amino acids — healthy proteins needed to support a functioning immune system. There is evidence that various micro- and macronutrient deficiencies alter immune response. Add the following to your grocery list and your diet to help boost immune defense (except, of course, those towhich you are allergic, intolerant or reactive):

Vit A – Sweet Potato, Carrots, Tuna, Butternut Squash, Spinach

Vit C – Kiwi, Bell Peppers, Strawberries, Oranges, Broccoli

Vit D – Salmon, Mushrooms, Fortified Milk or Milk Substitutes, Tuna, Eggs

Zinc – Meats, Firm Tofu, Lentils, Yogurt, Gluten-Free Oatmeal

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