Getting the right nutrients makes it easier for your body to support you. As one of the “three pillars of health,” nutritious food helps support your immune system.
Proper nutrition helps you fight the coronavirus as well as other viruses and diseases.
Think of eating healthy as putting up your shield or line of defense to protect you. It may not stop you from getting sick, but it can help shorten the intensity or duration of your illness.
Eating foods that reduce inflammation (“anti-inflammatory” foods) helps your immune system.
When invaders arrive, your body sends out an SOS signal to alert your immune system with inflammation. Inflammation is a cry for help.
The body regulates inflammation through the immune system. Your immune system can sound the alarm (cause inflammation) and this overreaction can be harmful.
Short term (acute) localized inflammation is beneficial for healing. Long-lasting (chronic) inflammation can increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity.
Too much inflammation limits your body’s ability to fight invaders like the coronavirus.
Try these foods to reduce inflammation and help your immune system:
Try new veggies and fruits. Specific veggies and fruits that reduce inflammation are apples, berries, tomatoes, celery and onions.
Add fermented foods. Fermented foods have “good bacteria,” a.k.a. probiotics that help your immune system. Eating more fermented foods also reduces gas, bloating and diarrhea. Sauerkraut, yogurt and kombucha are all great sources of these mighty microbes.
Drink more water. Water helps your body naturally remove toxins and also carries oxygen to your entire body. You don’t have to drink eight glasses of w
ater a day to notice a difference in your health. A little extra hydration every day helps a lot.
Get some omega-3s. Salmon, walnuts and chia seeds have omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation. These omega-3s are also perfect for construction. When creating new defenders, your body uses omega-3s as essential “building blocks” in cell walls.
Foods to avoid to feel your best:
Limit processed foods. Salty, processed foods can limit your body’s ability to fight infectious diseases effectively. No need to cut out everything unhealthy or start a strict diet. Try scaling back just a little – replace chips with carrots for a crunchy snack.
Minimize sugar. Sugar is okay in moderation, but too much sugar may weaken your immune system.
Decrease high-fat foods. Your gut doesn’t like a lot of red meats or fatty foods. The mighty microbes in your gut prefer leafy greens, fiber and other nutrient-dense foods that are easier to break down.
No single food, nutrient or supplement can prevent coronavirus infection, but eating healthy helps your body fight disease. It’s all about balance. Supplements (like vitamins and minerals) can be helpful, but only if you’re not getting enough of those nutrients regularly.
Supplements can actually be bad for you if you take too much at one time. Everything is best in moderation.
Foods to help you reduce inflammation include:
Apples, berries, tomatoes, celery and onions (veggies and fruits)
Yogurt, sauerkraut and kombucha (probiotics)
Salmon, walnuts and chia seeds (omega-3 fatty acids)
Make a conscious effort every day to make wise nutrition choices. Help protect yourself and others.