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While the world takes precautions against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, one of the ways your body can fight disease is through building the immune system with good food. In our avid research for healthy ingredients, we came across articles by Daily Mail and CNN that helped us get a clearer perspective of the nutrients that our bodies need, and their source.
A powerful antioxidant is Vitamin C, which is known to boost the immune system and help lower blood pressure. Foods that are rich in vitamin C include oranges, grapefruit, kiwi, Brussels sprouts, red and green peppers, broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower.
Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium and phosphate, and it mainly keeps your bones and muscles healthy. Sunlight usually helps you get your intake of vitamin D, but since we’re mostly stuck at home, consume breakfast cereal, cheese, fish, red meat and eggs.
Your body uses protein to create enzymes, build muscle, and produce hormones. Did you know that your hair and nails are mostly made up of protein? The most well-known sources of protein are fish, poultry, and beef, but you can also snack on nuts and seeds, like almonds and pumpkin seeds, to charge your body up.
Your body can attack infected cells and heal with the help of zinc. It also boosts the metabolism, which is very convenient considering we don’t move around much in the confinement on our homes. Opt for zinc sources like whole grains, nuts, seeds, shellfish, meat, and eggs.
Your body converts beta carotene into vitamin A, which is an essential nutrient, but should not be consumed in high doses. The word “carotene” means carrots in Latin, so it goes without saying that you can stock up on carrots to get your beta carotene, along with sweet potatoes, spinach, and cantaloupe.