During this challenging time our individual defence against the threat of Coronavirus is paramount. As well as social distancing and a heightened cleanliness regime, our food intake takes priority with the emphasis on our immune system, beefing it up, and keeping it well watered.
Recommended foods to include in your daily dishes:
Citrus fruits such as grapefruit, oranges, lemons and limes are packed with vitamin C, important for producing white blood cells to fight infections. And as the body cannot store this vitamin, these foods need to be eaten fresh.
Other fruits such as papaya have a digestive enzyme called papain which has anti-inflammatory effects. Kiwis offer folate, potassium, and vitamin K.
Vegetables, especially red bell peppers which, by the way, have double amounts of vitamin C contain beta carotene for healthy eyes and skin. Broccoli, lightly cooked, contains antioxidants and fibre, vitamins A, C & E and infection-fighting spinach.
The two Gs – garlic which helps to lower blood pressure and boost the immune boosting properties and ginger which aids a sore throat and other inflammatory illnesses.
Live and “active culture” yogurt stimulates the immune system and is a good source of vitamin D.
Poultry, such as chicken and turkey, is high in vitamin B6. Chicken soup is renowned in helping colds and has that feel-good effect. Stock or broth made by boiling chicken bones contains gelatin, chondroitin and other nutrients helpful for gut healing and immunity.
Sunflower seeds include phosphorous, magnesium, vitamin B6 and are high in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant.
Other foods with high amounts of vitamin E include avocados and dark leafy greens. Vitamin E is important in regulating and maintaining immune system function.
Almonds, turmeric and green & black tea are brimming with flavonoids. Green tea is a good source of the amino acid L-theanine which may aid in the production of germ-fighting compounds
Ensure you have a colourful varied diet with exercise and fresh air. Bon -appetite!
Be safe, be healthy, be well