COVID-19. How to support your immune system – when you need it the most?
Let Food Be Your Medicine!
#1 Eat whole foods, nutrient-dense diet. Our immune system relies on nutrient-dense whole foods to function well.
Buy-local and support local farmers that are no longer allowed to take their produce to the market.
#2 Cut out sugar and refined starches. Now has never been a better time for a sugar and junk food detox. Studies have shown that refined sugars can suppress your immune system for hours after ingesting. Limiting starch and sugar will help your immune system function better and your overall health improves.
#3 Ensure adequate protein intake. Protein is critical for immune function and protein malnutrition is a big risk factor for death from infections. Eat approximately 1 gram/kg of body weight/day or about half your body weight in grams of protein a day, For example, if you weight 60Kg your daily protein intake can vary from 30-60g/day. Plant-based proteins (legumes, nuts/seeds) are adequate if consumed in enough quantity.
#4 Add garlic, onions, ginger, and lots of spices (oregano, turmeric, rosemary) to your meals! Add these to your soups and vegetable dishes, as well as bean dips and sauces. Garlic and onions offer wide spectrum antimicrobial properties.
Note: This article is not intended to provide medical advice and any changes should be done in consultation with your healthcare provider.