17 Mar COVID19 Prep – These Foods Boost Your Immune System
With the hysteria surrounding COVID19 all over the world, many are headed to the grocery store to stock up on the essentials… so, naturally, toilet paper is missing from many shelves all around the US.
I went to the grocery store yesterday when I heard the news that Dallas was closing many businesses for the next 15 days and went straight for the foods that I knew would help keep myself and my family healthy. I was surprised to see that the most immune-boosting foods were easy to find, while most of the ‘junkier foods’ (like frozen meals, hot dogs and chicken nuggets) were almost all gone! I’ve learned a lot about the immune system since I was diagnosed with autoimmune disease over a decade ago, so I’ve learned through experience that foods can actually help your body do what it needs to prevent the onset (and even lessen the severity and length of symptoms) of most virus and infections.
I shared a few of the items I bought on Instagram and was flooded with questions and requests to share which foods help to naturally boost the immune system, so I’ve compiled a list of some of the top items I think we should all have on hand for our families during Coronavirus season.
It’s important to note that it’s always better to get these vitamins and minerals from the direct source as opposed to just taking supplements because they also come with fiber. If you ask me which one I choose, I say do both! Take your supplements AND eat these foods!
So, next time you hit the store to stock up, make sure you grab a few of the following items to help boost your immune system:
Bright Orange and Leafy Green Foods
Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene
When it comes to immune boosters, Vitamin C is well-known. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant and has been proven to help boost our body’s natural ability to fight off colds and other icky things. These foods are full of Vitamin C, plus they come with fiber, which a Vitamin C supplement won’t provide:
- Citrus Fruits like Oranges and Grapefruits
- Red and Green Peppers
Carotenoids are a type of pigments found naturally in several plants. When you eat them, these plants are converted into vitamin A, which helps regulate your immune system. They’re easy to spot, too, because they’re typically bright orange or yellow in color. The following foods are full of them:
- Sweet Potatoes
Good Fats, Nuts and Oils
Vitamin E and Zinc
Vitamin E works as an antioxidant that helps slow the natural aging of your cells. Think of these foods as anti-aging from the inside out!
- Peanut Butter and other Nut Butters
- Sunflower Seeds
- Wheat Germ Oil
Zinc is an essential mineral involved in the production of certain immune cells. Studies show that low levels of zinc negatively impact your body’s natural immunities. These foods can help boost your immune system because they’re chalk-full of Zinc.
- Greek Yogurt
- Eggs – the yolk, specifically
All of the above and more.
Bone broth is a liquid made by brewing bones and connective tissues to get the most out of the marrow. Drinking bone broth is beneficial for the joints and digestive system as well as a huge booster for your immune system. Bone broth is an excellent source of iron, protein, collagen, vitamins A and K, fatty acids, and zinc.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of essential fatty acid known to suppress inflammation and keep the immune system in check and help boost your circulation/heart health! Try these omega-3-rich foods: