Stay healthy: Give your immune system a boost

Food & Drink Health and Fitness

Data from John Hopkins University indicates that COVID-19 has infected about 800,000 persons and killed up to 37,000 globally, thus becoming a pandemic.  Many parts of the world are in lockdown mode, while several people are either in isolation, quarantine or social distancing.  Although there is no clear evidence that any food can prevent or cure ailments or complications associated with the Coronavirus, health experts have noted that higher intakes of specific nutrients can lower the likelihood of getting infected.  A healthy and balanced diet is also effective for developing strong immune response if infected.  Why don’t you make the most of being at home? Use this opportunity to stay healthy by exercising and eating right.  Skip the bottled supplements and instead, incorporate these five fruits and vegetables in your meal plan to boost your immunity!

Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits are rich in Vitamin C and this nutrient aids the production of White Blood Cells, which helps the body fight off infections.  This explains why Vitamin C supplements were among the first items to be stockpiled by many people during the initial stages of the Coronavirus outbreak. But don’t worry, you can get the required dose of Vitamin C by eating these Citrus fruits: Oranges, Lemons, Limes, Tangerines, Grapefruit and Citrons.

Citrus Fruits

Spinach

This rich green vegetable contains folate, which helps to both produce and repair damaged cells.  In order to get the best from Spinach, eat/drink it raw or lightly cooked.

Spinach

Tea

White, Green and Black tea are not only soothing and relaxing, but contain antioxidants that help boost your immune system. 

Tea

Garlic

This member of the Allium (Onion) family has been used to fight bacteria-, virus- and fungi-based infections and to lower cholesterol for thousands of years.  These benefits far outweigh the not-too-pleasant odour of garlic breath.

Garlic

Ginger

This rhizome plant is regarded as one of the world’s healthiest foods.  Its spicy and aromatic flavor makes it a staple in most homes.  Ginger contains anti-inflammatory properties and is very useful for relieving nausea and vomiting.

Ginger

So, what are you waiting for? Get to eating and staying healthy!

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