Improving your immune system with nutrition is possible, but don't expect a quick fix if you don't first improve your lifestyle by sleeping well, exercising and avoiding chronic stress.

Anyone who has this in order can improve his or her immune system with nutrition thanks to the following tips:

1. Avoid alcohol, sugars and fast food
Before you start looking for food that can support your immune system, it is important not to unnecessarily burden this system. By minimizing your alcohol, sugar and fast food intake, you can largely achieve balance

2. Eat organic
This is often overlooked. But all "healthy" fruit and vegetables that have been sprayed with all kinds of synthetic toxins unfortunately also have a negative impact on your body and your immune system.

You may think that organic food is expensive, but that is not always the case. See it as an important investment in your health and see for yourself what your financial options are.

3. Eat more fruits and vegetables, rich in vitamin C
If your basic diet is in order and you want to provide extra support to your immune system, then vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables are ideal. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant and can be found in citrus fruits, cabbages, red and yellow peppers, chili peppers, fresh parsley, cress, kiwi, pineapple, chives, among others.

4. Eat fresh raw vegetables
By storing or heating vegetables and fruit for too long, most of the vitamin C is lost. So eat fresh products and eat raw vegetables and fruit more often.

5. Use herbs
Various herbs have numerous substances that have a positive effect on our immune system. This is not about the basic vitamins or minerals, but about all kinds of bio-active substances that provide extra support to our body.

Herbs also make your food tasty, so indulge yourself. Fresh is always best, but dried is also fine. Some examples are: garlic, thyme, sage, oregano, basil, ginger and green tea.

6. Sun on your plate!
Vitamin D is a very important factor for the proper functioning of your immune system. Go outside as much as possible and expose yourself to daylight.

But vitamin D can also be found in food. Oily fish in particular contains a lot of vitamin D. To a lesser extent you can also find the vitamin in meat, eggs and mushrooms such as Shiitake and the regular white mushroom.

7. Take care of your intestinal flora
80% of the immune system is located in the intestines. You take care of your intestines through a general healthy diet, but you can also pamper them extra with fiber and fermented food.

Author's Bio: 

Misty Jhones