Make Good Nutrition a Priority During the Covid Pandemic

The Best of Times|April 2020

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Make Good Nutrition a Priority During the Covid Pandemic
As we age, our immune function capabilities decrease, which makes us prone to more illness and infection. Our immune systems can be strengthened by the foods we nourish our bodies with, which is why it is so important to eat a balanced diet full of nutrient-rich foods. In fact, certain nutrients can help support the immune system, including protein, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, and zinc.
Abigail McAlister

Protein helps our bodies heal and recover. Too little protein in our diets may lead to a weakened immune system. Most Americans don’t have issues getting enough protein, as foods rich in protein include lean meats, poultry, seafood, eggs, soy products, beans and peas, and nuts and seeds. It’s important to vary our protein choices, as all sources provide different nutrients.

Vitamin C helps stimulate the formation of antibodies, which are proteins that defend the body against harmful viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi. In fact, not getting vitamin C regularly can make us more prone to getting sick. Foods rich in vitamin C include oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, broccoli, leafy greens, tomato juice, pineapple, cantaloupe, green and red bell peppers, and foods fortified with vitamin C, like some cereals.

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