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About 70% of our immune system is housed in our gut, so when it comes to our immune health, it is actually our gut we really want to nurture. By making sure we are supporting our gut microbiome we are also supporting the health of our immune system. One of the most important aspects of maintaining good gut health is by creating microbial diversity. We can do this by adding a diverse range of wholefoods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes and grains into the diet.
Aiming to fill your plate with at least five different colours at your three main meals ensures the diversity your gut needs. Creating a colourful plate also ensures you are getting an array of important vitamin and minerals such as vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, selenium and iron that play a role in overall immune health. Foods rich in these nutrients include citrus fruits, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, figs, cauliflower, capsicum, ginger, and an array of nuts and seeds.
“Every day we live and every meal we eat, we influence the great microbial organ inside us – for better or for worse.”