15 Ways to Eat Your Way to a Stronger Immune System

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1.  Prebiotic Foods

In order for good bacteria to thrive, you need to give them prebiotic foods. These are non-digestible fibers that help good bacteria stick to the body and stimulate their growth. You might want to think of prebiotics as a type of nest that provides the good bacteria a place to hold onto and grow. Prebiotics foods include foods like bananas, whole oats, green vegetables, barley, tomatoes, garlic, flaxseeds, and legumes.

 

2. Probiotics

These foods are loaded with the healthy bacteria that you want growing in your gut. Probiotic foods include yogurt with live bacteria, kefir, miso, olives, natto, sauerkraut, tempeh, and pickles. Fermented foods are full with healthy probiotics that will load up your gut with good bacteria.

 

3. Selenium

Some studies have shown that people with low levels of selenium are at a greater risk for developing certain types of cancer, such as breast, colon, lung, and prostate cancer. Brazil nuts are one of the best sources of selenium. Just one Brazil nut daily will give you all the selenium you need. If these nuts aren’t your favorite, you can also get selenium in chia seeds, pinto or lima beans, or sunflower seeds.

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