During the COVID-19 crisis, it’s important to take steps to keep your immune system in tip-top shape.
Your body is designed to keep you well. Just give your body what it needs, and it will work non stop to keep you healthy, no matter what illness you may face. Your best chance at keeping the coronavirus at bay is to give your immune system a big BOOST.
With this in mind, here are 6 foods that support a healthy immune system.
1. Citrus Fruits Your mother always told you to take vitamin C when you felt a cold coming on. She was right. Vitamin C helps boost the immune system by increasing the production of white blood cells. Citrus fruits to consider: grapefruit oranges tangerines lemons limes clementines Unlike other animals, our bodies don’t produce vitamin C, so we must get it from our diet. Try to eat more vitamin C-rich fruits in the coming days and weeks.
2. Red Bell Peppers
If you’ve never been a fan of citrus fruits, you’re still in luck, because some vegetables have even higher amounts of vitamin C. Bell peppers contain twice as much C ounce for ounce than an orange. They are also a rich source of beta carotene, which will help keep your eyes and skin healthy.
Your mother may have also told you to “eat your broccoli.” That’s because it is one of the healthiest vegetables you can eat. It’s loaded with vitamins C, A and E, plus many potent antioxidants. To get all of those beneficial nutrients, however, be sure to cook your broccoli lightly or not at all.
Garlic adds delicious flavor to many cuisines from around the world. And thanks to its high sulfur-containing compounds (that’s what gives it its pungent odor), it gives your immune system a nice boost.
Another vitamin C-rich food, spinach is also packed with numerous antioxidants and beta carotene, which may increase the infection-fighting ability of our immune systems. Like broccoli, it’s best to cook spinach as little as possible to get these health benefits. Consider eating fresh spinach salads or tossing some spinach into your citrus fruit smoothie!
Did your mother make chicken soup when you were sick? Sure, but shellfish? And yet, some types of shellfish are loaded with immune-supporting zinc. And while zinc doesn’t get as much attention as vitamin C and others, our bodies require it so that our immune cells can function as intended. Consider adding more… crab clams lobster mussels … to your diet to keep your immune system in tip-top shape.