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Your immune system is like an internal body guard. Its job is to protect you from the danger of viruses, fungi, bacteria, infections and cancers that may try to attack and invade your body. Like any well-trained guard, your immune system remembers previous attackers and prepares for the next attack so it won’t happen again. Unfortunately, if you don’t treat it well it can’t do its job. Boost your body’s best defenses and follow these six steps to keep your immune system on its job from

1. Fill Up Nutritionally

Proper nutrition is the foundation for good health. The foods you choose can either help or hinder your immune system function. There are certain foods that actually enhance your immune system including:

• Nuts and whole grains

• Vitamin C sources such as citrus fruits and broccoli

• Garlic

• Foods rich in zinc such as beans, beef, crab and turkey

• Carrots and yams

• Omega-3 fatty acids including those found in tuna, mackerel, flaxseed oil, salmon and nuts

• Good sources of the nutrient selenium including chicken, eggs, brown rice and tuna

Excessive eating that leads to obesity, however, will harm your immune system. If you are one of the 4 out of 5 African American women who are overweight or obese, or one of the 30 percent of black men who are overweight, losing weight and eating right will help enhance your weakened immune system.


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