Proactive nutrition is a new buzzword that has hit the nutrition world. It incorporates using food to improve health when combined with other common health practices. Similar terms under the proactive nutrition umbrella include functional foods and superfoods. Incorporating nutrient-dense foods may help enhance immunity, mood, energy, and digestive health.

Functional foods are advertised everywhere: from the grocery stores to restaurants and even what you see on social media. Functional foods, like superfoods, are nutrient-dense items that contribute to overall health. Foods of note and their “functional” benefits include:

Yogurt, sauerkraut, miso, kimchi, kombucha, and other fermented foods – Probiotics and active cultures

Fresh produce, lean proteins, nuts, and seeds – Vitamin C and D, Zinc, and Protein

Seafood and complex carbohydrates – B Vitamins and Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Functional foods are beneficial to incorporate into our diets, as they “fill in” the gaps where we may be deficient in nutrients. Eating just one serving of a functional food here and there will not provide the desired benefits. Including these items and other foods into your diet regularly will improve health and immunity over time.

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