One of the biggest hurdles that we will all struggle with at one time or another in the face of the COVID-19 situation is the unknown. The truth is that no one – scientists, government officials, the neighbor with the cat that knows everything (nothing) really has no idea about the scope of this worldwide virus. That is why what we need to do is focus on the things we do know and the things that we can do something about.
Eating healthy won’t keep the Coronavirus at bay. What it will do, however, is have your immune system as ready and healthy as possible to fight off the invasive threat. This is a story as old as time itself and it is a well-known way to stay healthy through troubling times. Here are a few nutrients to focus on in the weeks ahead:
Sun exposure is important as there are immune cells that use vitamin D to destroy viral pathogens that cause infections. Getting just a few minutes outdoors will help with this sun retention – though more is obviously better as it will also help your mental health to get out and relax. Also, a number of food brands can be found with added vitamin D to help with this vital nutrient.
These vitamins protect your cells from oxidative stress as they shore up your structures and reduce possible inflammations. Vitamin C is especially important as it will help the body get back to normal more quickly by reacting and causing an immune response that will clean up any junk in the system as quickly as possible. Citrus fruits are the go-to options here.
Another structure vitamin, Vitamin A forms a barrier in the respiratory tract and gut as your initial line of defense against a virus. This vitamin is also important for making the antibodies that will fight the virus and it can be found in oily fish, cheese, and egg yolks.
All useful, but B6, B9, and B12 are the best of the bunch. They attack a pathogen by causing infected cells to implode and stop their spread around the body. Cereals and leafy greens are good sources of B vitamins, with B12 being found in eggs, meat, and dairy products.
Getting as much healthy food into the system – with vitamins and minerals in the right doses – will give your body a greater chance of fighting off not only COVID-19, but also the seasonal flu and other viral infections. This will put you in the best position to make it through any outbreak on the mild end of the scale. Stay safe.
Article by Vital Guidance