On September 1, 2020
As coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted communities around the world, many people have wondered whether there are steps they can take to stay healthy. Everyday preventive measures—such as handwashing, maintaining distance from sick individuals, and good hygiene—can go a long way in reducing your risk for viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. Similarly, having a healthy diet including foods rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals can improve your immunity and keep infections at bay.
Here are some foods that you can include in your diet to make your immune system stronger:
They are considered as strong immunity boosters. Citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C, besides being a powerful antioxidant it also helps in the absorption of iron from gut.
Citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons play an essential role in fighting infection. According to WebMD, vitamin C can also prevent cell damage, encourage collagen production, lower your levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as your blood pressure. Make citrus fruits a regular part of your diet.
Pears are a good source of vitamin C. Besides plenty of fiber and potassium, they also contain anti-inflammatory flavonoids in their peels—so make sure you eat the skin for the super nutrient boost.
Garlic is a potent anti-viral and anti-fungal agent. It is loaded with minerals and vitamins such as selenium, manganese, vitamin B6, C and lot more. Apart from its immunity boosting properties garlic also keeps atherosclerotic plaques from forming. Some research, also shows that consuming garlic regular can lower blood pressure. You can use garlic in your everyday cooking as well as salad dressing to improve your immunity significantly.
Yogurt is a nature source of vitamin D. Vitamin D helps regulate the immune system and is thought to boost our body’s natural defenses against diseases. Vitamin D helps regulate the immune system and is thought to boost our body’s natural defenses against diseases.
You can opt for flavored yogurts available at supermarkets or go for plain yogurt or even whip up some with roasted nuts and top them with some of your favorite berries.
Adding yogurt to your meals will not only build up your immune system but also improve digestion.
Red Bell Peppers
Red peppers contain twice as much vitamin C as citrus fruits. Additionally, they are a wonderful source of beta-carotene, that is good for your eyes and skin. Chop up some red peppers in your salad or sauté them with little garlic for a flavorful meal.
Watermelons are 92% water. They are delicious and refreshing. They contain high amounts of Lycopene, that has been linked with heart health, bone health and prostrate cancer prevention. Watermelon helps you to stay hydrated and may lower inflammation. Being rich in antioxidants and vitamin A and vitamin C, watermelon serves to be a great immunity booster.