What you eat and drink plays a vital role in boosting your immune system. Follow these Personal Protective Nutrition (PPN) tips and start strengthening your body, inside and out:
- Drink plenty of water. As a gauge of how much to drink, divide your body weight in pounds in half and try to drink approximately that many ounces of water each day.
- Build a power plate. Fill your plate with 50% vegetables, 25% whole grains, and 25% lean protein for a well-balanced meal.
- Eat high-quality fiber and protein. Consume a variety of vegetables, legumes (beans and peas), grains, and fruits. Give plant based proteins a try, as well.
- Go anti-inflammatory. Use fresh herbs and spices as well as healthy fats (olive, sunflower, or avocado oils), while avoiding foods with added sugar. Try to minimize fried or processed foods.
- Eat the rainbow. Foods rich in color such as green vegetables, berries, and other fruits have high amounts of antioxidants.
- Protect your gut. For better digestion, consume grains such as brown rice, couscous, or quinoa, as well as vegetables and fermented foods (yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, etc.).
- Get the scoop on supplements. Ask your healthcare provider about the benefits of supplements such as vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc, magnesium, and omega-3.
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