Nutrition Tips for Quarantine: Ways to Boost Your Immune System During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Social Distancing by Nathaniel Jordan
COVID-19 has forced most of us into lockdown. Many people who are quarantined are in search of solutions and ways to reduce risk. In addition to social distancing and proper hygiene practices (like 20-second handwashing, tissue-covered coughing and disinfecting) is there anything else you can do to improve your health?
Although there's no magic food or pill to protect you from contracting the coronavirus, maintaining healthy habits that keep your immune system strong is the best thing you can do. In this time of uncertainty and social distancing, the only things you can control are your hygiene, what you eat and how you move your body.
We all know nutrition is important for health, but it's easy to let this fall by the wayside in times of panic, stress and boredom – the emotions that many are experiencing right now in quarantine. Stocking your freezer and pantry with nutritious versatile ingredients is important.
So, which foods are immune-boosting and quarantine-friendly? I recommend eating and storing superfoods like greens, beans, onions, mushrooms, berries, and seeds (or G-BOMBS for short.)
- Greens and dark cruciferous veggies (like kale and broccoli) freeze well and they are nutrient-dense containing anti-inflammatory agents like vitamins A and C.
- Beans are an extremely quarantine-friendly food. Not only do they have a long shelf life, but they are also packed with protein and fiber, keeping you full and satisfied without overeating.
- Onions, garlic and other veggies in the allium family are versatile ingredients high in beneficial sulfur compounds that not only boost flavor, but also immune health.
- Mushrooms are rich in B vitamins, which promote skin and gut health.
- Berries are freezer-friendly and filled with antioxidants and flavonoids, which are great for brain health and memory.
- Seeds also have a long shelf life and are rich in micronutrients and omega-3 fatty acids.
Of course fresh is best, but low-sodium canned varieties make a nutritious and shelf-stable substitute.
In addition to eating healthy, it's also important to stay active both physically and mentally. Keep your body moving by taking walks, dancing, doing yoga, even gardening or cleaning can get your heart pumping. Having the right mindset will also support immune health. Communicate regularly with your family and friends so that social distancing doesn't lead to emotional isolation.
Making healthy lifestyle choices that support immune health is the best thing we can do as we quarantine but making this information understandable and accessible is key.
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