Since a vaccine is still in the works to combat COVID-19, we’re left trying just about anything to stay as healthy a possible during a pandemic. One thing that everyone can all do, however, is to boost their immune system with healthy foods.
Health professionals tell NBC 7 if someone gets COVID-19 or the flu, or even both, if you’ve been eating foods rich in nutrients, it’ll most likely be much easier to recover if you’ve been eating foods rich in nutrients
These are immune-boosting foods that can help prepare your body to fight off a virus, cold or flu.
You’ll also find you’ll sleep better, and have more energy once you’re getting the right minerals.
Load up on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and lean proteins.
Plan for groceries. Try to buy fewer processed, high-salt or high-sugar snacks.
Make a schedule or a daily meal plan.
A schedule is more predictable for you and for everyone in your household, and that way everyone can get involved and feel connected to the effort in some way.
You can also manage your environment.
If candy and chips aren’t in the kitchen cabinet, then you can’t eat them.
“Processed foods in general, it’s basically synthetic. It’ made from a machine. It’s nothing natural that we actually garden and plant and harvest. So our human bodies basically have to get used to and adapt to all these new synthetic ingredients that we weren’t used to before,” explained Dr. Amy Lee, expert in weight control, obesity and nutrition.
It’s also very important to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.
Health experts recommend that you drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day, but if you’re outside a lot or exercising, it should be more. Stay healthy!