Your immune system is an impressive force of cells, tissues, and organs that hustles to shield you from microscopic threats like bacteria and viruses. Academic institutions like Harvard Health highlight that the health of your gut microbiome—trillions of beneficial microbes living in your intestines—is central to your body’s ability to produce disease-fighting proteins. The state of these microbes is greatly influenced by what you eat.
Research says these treats can dampen your body’s defenses at the exact time of year you need your immunity to be fiercest. Avoid the worst foods for your immune system this season.