With the outbreak of Covid-19 continuing to spread, especially with new strains starting to take over, women need to find ways to boost their immune systems as much as possible. Now, it’s easier – and more edible than before! Making sure you are eating a diet high in immune-boosting nutrients is one way you can take an active role in maintaining your health and wellness.
Your body uses and absorbs nutrients more efficiently when they come from sources like fruits and vegetables, rather than processed foods, whose ingredients contain toxic chemicals raising the risk of heart disease, cancer and stroke.
“One of the best ways to stay healthy is by maintaining a nutritious diet,” says Jacqui Justice, a leading expert in weight loss resistance, digestive wellness and menopause management, bringing over 20 years of experience to The Skinny Line. Justice holds an M.S and C.N.S in Clinical Nutrition, as well as a certification in Functional Clinical Nutrition. Below, Jacqui shares some foods that can help boost your immunity:
VITAMIN A (BETA CAROTENE)
This vitamin assists with the health of your intestines and respiratory system. Vitamin A-rich foods include carrots, sweet potato, spinach, broccoli and red bell peppers.
Vitamin C helps stimulate the formation of antibodies. Citrus fruits, strawberries, red bell peppers and kiwi are all rich in vitamin C.
This nutrient promotes the neutralization of free radicals by working as an antioxidant. Foods full of this Vitamin E include vegetables oils, nuts, seeds and avocado.
There are many zinc-dependent enzymes in our body and deficiency has been linked with immune dysfunction. Zinc-rich foods include beans, seeds, nuts, meat, poultry and seafood.
Specific amino acids found in protein are essential for T-cell function, which are cells that protect the body against pathogens. Meats, poultry, seafood, eggs, beans, nuts, and seeds all have a great amount of protein.
These are just a few nutrients which can help to ensure that your immune system is working as efficiently and effectively as possible. Having the essential tools you need, such as the information Jacqui provides here, will give you the framework to plan the ‘What’ and ‘Why’ of eating to support a healthy immune system. By getting the inside “skinny” on The Skinny Line, which helps to boost immunity, especially during these Covid -19 times where we continue to see more strains, we can help kick cancer and other deadly diseases to the curb. By bringing the perspectives of nutrition, weight control and immunity, our goal was to create a safe and effective product that all women could use and feel good about.