Our first line of defense against the coronavirus and other viruses is a strong immune system. In addition to cutting out sugar and processed foods, consider the following for a natural immune system boost:
Food and nutrients — Protein found in lean meats, fish, eggs, nuts and seeds help your body repair tissue and fight infection. Studies show that amino acids in protein, such as arginine and glutamine, increase your body’s ability to heal and decrease inflammation.
Vitamins and minerals — Eating foods full of vitamins such as leafy greens and vegetables are a great way to strengthen your immune system in order to stay healthy all season.
Along with zinc and B vitamins:
- Vitamin A helps boosts immunity, lowers your risk of infection and supports wound healing through collagen strengthening. Snack on squash, sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens, cantaloupe, wild-caught Alaskan salmon, organic pastured eggs and grassfed beef to increase your consumption of vitamin A.
- Vitamin D plays a big part in immune health and can be found in limited quantities in some of our foods but the ideal way to optimize your levels is via sunshine. Be active out in the sun before 10am and after 3pm.
- Vitamin C-rich foods include citrus fruits, such as tangerines and limes, along with leafy greens, bell peppers and broccoli. Berries are another great source of vitamin C in addition to other antioxidants which they contain that support your immune response and help to rebuild collagen.
Fiber —Soluble and insoluble as found in whole foods is very beneficial to our immune system. It does this by providing a proper balance of the gut microbiome and thus allowing for better absorption of the nutrition we ingest.
Sleep —Lack of sleep quickly decreases your immune function, leaving your system wide-open for environmental influences, including viruses like colds and flu. Be sure to get a full night’s rest daily.
Combining each of the above into your daily routine will help keep your immune system in optimal shape and help fight off any insults that our bodies receive, including the Corona virus.