With a pandemic in full force within South Africa and across the globe, it’s up to everybody to do their part to help curb the spread. One of the best things that you can do to protect yourself from getting the virus in the first place, and to ensure that you’re prepared to fight it in the event that you do, is to eat the right foods to boost your immune system. Here are some tips.
Eat the rainbow
As you know, ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’. Basically, it never stops being a good idea to eat as many fruits and veggies as possible – and now is no exception. The general rule of thumb, if you want to make certain that you are getting a wide array of important vitamins in the process, is to ‘eat the rainbow’. In other words, fill up on plenty of different coloured fruit and veg.
You will want to include a variety of citrus fruits and other foods that contain plenty of vitamin C in your diet. That includes oranges, grapefruit, naartjies, lemon, tomatoes, and strawberries.
Healthy fats help to keep the cells in your body healthy and functioning optimally. Therefore, do your best to eat lots of avocados, nuts, and seeds.
Add garlic to your grub
Thanks to its sulphur-filled compounds, garlic has been hailed for its powerful immune-boosting properties for centuries. Not only does it boost immune function to ward off diseases, but it also ensures that you are better equipped to fight them in the event that you do fall ill. No need to worry about the smelly breath – you’ll be isolating at home in any case!
Guzzle some green tea
Chockfull of antioxidants, green tea is the ultimate immune-boosting beverage.
Cut out sugar
There are some studies that show that consuming too much sugar can lead to a weakened immune system. While the research to back up these claims is limited, you definitely don’t want to take any chances at this stage.
Time to plan those meals! Keep well.