What to Eat to Stay Healthy during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Poway and Rancho Bernardo, CA

The COVID-19 outbreak has changed nearly every aspect of our lives. The CDC recommends that you and your family take precautionary measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus virus. But, there are other things you can do to maintain a healthy immune system. Dr. Nicol Cook, a family dentist in Poway, wants to share tips on making sure your body gets the nutrition it needs to support your immune system.

Get Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables

what to eat to stay healthy during coronavirus

Fruits and vegetables are nature’s vitamins and are packed with antioxidants that support a healthy immune system. Citrus fruits provide a load of vitamin C, which is proven to support the immune system and helps your body fight off infections. Looking for other foods that provide vitamin C? Spinach, broccoli, kiwi, and bell pepper are other healthy foods that contain this immune-boosting nutrient. To keep your immune system strong, stick to foods that are high in good fat, and provide a variety of health benefits like eggs, avocados, peanuts, yogurt, fruits, and vegetables.

Limit Highly Processed and Sugary Foods

Heavily processed foods and foods with high sugar content are linked to chronic health issues, such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. According to Harvard Health, ultra-processed foods include foods that are heavily altered from their original state using sugar, salt, or fat. Think of foods that come from a package, like chips, cookies, crackers, fried foods, or fast food, as being ultra-processed. While one cookie isn’t going to cause an immune system crash that leaves you susceptible to getting sick, overdoing is not advised. Processed, and sugary foods and drinks also increase your risk of oral health threats such as cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. While the occasional trip through the drive-thru at your favorite fast food joint isn’t going to be a detriment to your overall health, frequently eating highly processed foods will affect your health and your teeth.

The Secret Health Foods

Many experts agree on the health benefits of green tea, dark chocolate, and Keifer or fermented foods. Let’s take a moment to break down the benefits of each of these health foods. Green tea contains flavonoids proven to support the immune system. Plus, it contains only a minimal amount of caffeine, unlike coffee, which may invoke anxiety for some individuals. Dark chocolate containing at least 70% or more cocoa (not the sweet milky kind) contains antioxidants, which protect your body’s cells against damage from free radicals. Kefir is a fermented drink (think liquid yogurt) that has proven the benefits of fighting bacteria, free radical damage, and reduces inflammation. Other ways to get the same health benefits is to eat fermented foods, such as pickled vegetables, or Kimchi.

General Dentist in Poway

The coronavirus is an unprecedented global health threat. Each of us should do our best to take precautionary measures. It can be easy to panic, but that won’t ensure your health. Stay as stress-free as possible, and eat nutritious food. Dr. Nicol Cook and her team of oral health professionals want you and your family to stay healthy. If you have any questions regarding appointments or your oral care during the pandemic, please call (858) 673-0141 or contact Smiles by Dr. Cook today. We welcome patients of Poway and Rancho Bernardo, California.

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