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Building Immunity smThis is the time of year when everyone’s immune system is stressed as the body battles against cold viruses and the flu and the fight can be tougher if you’re pregnant. That’s because your pregnancy is suppressing the immune system to accommodate for all of the biological changes underway in your body.

Pregnant women can do more to boost the immune system by eating foods that will help in the fight against colds and the flu. Eat more colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish and low-fat dairy products that are naturally high in the fiber, vitamins and minerals you need.

Your immune system is fueled by beneficial gut bacteria and eating prebiotic foods like oats, asparagus, bananas, apples, and kiwis can help to supercharge that microbiome. Probiotic foods like Greek yogurt, green peas, sauerkraut, sourdough bread and even pickles (with or without ice cream) can help gut bacteria do their best work. Try to avoid processed foods that are high in sugar that can have a negative impact on gut bacteria.

You can also boost your immune system with exercise and as much time outdoors as possible to get sunlight to naturally create the vitamin D that your body needs. And keep up with your oral hygiene because the bad bacteria in your mouth can easily transfer to your stomach and cause problems with gut bacteria.

Sleep is the time when your body can recharge the immune system so try to get more sleep. Also try to avoid stress because it can release hormones that will make it harder for your immune system to do the job.

 

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax