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Erin’s Corner: Nutrition for Immune Health

Erin Sheridan

by Erin Sheridan, MS, RD, LDN, George School’s registered dietitian

We’ve all heard that good nutrition is essential to strengthening our immune system, but what exactly does “good nutrition” mean? Here’s some information about the key nutrients your body needs to fight off infection. Keep in mind, there are many vitamins and minerals that play a role in immunity, so it is important to eat a variety of healthy foods every day.

Protein plays a role in many functions in the body, including our immune system functions. Find protein in foods such as lean meats, seafood, eggs, beans, nuts, and some soy products. These foods also tend to be a good source of zinc, which helps the immune system work properly, and aids in skin health and wound healing, keeping bacteria out of our bodies, literally.

Vitamin A helps regulate the immune system. It also acts as an antioxidant that eliminates free radicals, which can damage your immune system cells. Get vitamin A from sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, spinach, apricots, and eggs. Vitamin E is another antioxidant that eliminates free radicals, so your immune cells can focus on doing their job to keep us healthy. The best sources of vitamin E are nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils (like sunflower oil).

Vitamin C plays a role in the formation of antibodies, thus boosting immunity and speeding up the recovery process if you do get sick. Find vitamin C in foods like oranges, strawberries, grapefruit, and bell peppers.

While good nutrition can certainly strengthen your immune system, it is not the only factor that impacts our ability to fight off illness. So, be sure to reflect on your sleep patterns, exercise routine, hand washing, and stress management tactics for a happy healthy fall season.

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Easing Anxiety at GS

251-Khy Zungu

by Khy Zungu ’18

Senior year is stressful for anyone, no matter what school. At George School, academics are extremely important, but so is mental health. As a senior boarder and a prefect, there are certainly many things on my plate, but academics is a priority. When preparing for exams, the campus changes. The air is filled with mystery, anxiety, and confidence. Students walk a little faster from class to class and everyone’s backpacks are slightly heavier. Exams at George School are no joke, however, George School students are known to “over-prepare”.

My freshman year, I was terrified for exams. It was my first year in high school and my first year ever taking so many exams at once. I had seven classes and the way the schedule worked out, I was going to have my hardest exams on the same days. My prefects knew that everyone in the dorm was stressed. They kept their doors open so that anyone could come in and talk if they wanted to. The weekend before exams would be dedicated to studying, having certain quiet hours during which students would be expected to be studying. My dorm parents and prefects came around every hour to check on me and make sure I was okay. I was asked if I needed help more times than I can count, and my dorm parent had an extravagant snack time consisting of monkey bread, chips, and pizza, during the study break.

As a senior, I can say how much effort George School puts into making me feel prepared for not only my exams, but also college, makes me feel extremely comfortable.

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