Healthy Foods for Your Immune System
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has upended life for South African families. While most appear to be adjusting well, many people have taken to social media raising concerns over their lockdown snacking and eating habits.
It's no secret that in times of change or crisis, people turn to food for relief and comfort. Boredom, anxiety, and stress rank among the three main reasons people take more frequent trips to the kitchen.
A healthy diet is particularly important now. Young and old are all at risk. And while there's been a lot of guidance on how to combat the disease – from social distancing to sanitising your hands - another area of focus should be on how to prepare your immune system for the battle. Below are the essential ingredients you need.
Daily supplements are by far the most convenient way to ensure that your body is getting the nutrients and minerals it needs. We highly recommend Sportron's range of immune booster products, which include:
Phytogard contains plant sterols and sterolins found in a wide variety of plants. Plant sterols help with just about any disease that compromises the immune system.
Contains high levels of Vitamin C for maintenance of overall wellbeing. Vitamin C works as an antioxidant in the body and can help repair vulnerable systems and also enhance iron absorption.
Nothing fights off infection better than the perfect combination of herbal ingredients. Sportron's Infagard has all the ingredients you need; Echinacea, Peppermint, Astragalus, Chamomile, Garlic, Golden Seal, Lemon Verbena, Sweet Orange Peel, and Yarrow.
All you need is a couple of drops a day. It also comes in a handy 30ml bottle that you can conveniently take wherever you go.
Fresh fruits and vegetables - better frozen than nothing at all
Most grocery stores are supplying fresh fruits and vegetables, so really, you don't have an excuse for not stocking up on fresh ingredients. But, if it is a problem we recommend you buy products you can freeze. Many fruits and vegetables can be frozen and will retain most of their nutrients and flavours. Why not cook large batches of vegetable soup or a vegetable lasagna that can be frozen for another day?
Berries of all kinds, bananas, pineapples, mango, peaches, cherries, can all be frozen and blended in a delicious healthy smoothie.
Up your essential fatty acids intake
Omega 3 fatty acids are rich in vitamins and minerals. It is also an excellent choice during stressful times as essential fatty acids can reduce symptoms of anxiety. Get creative with canned oily fish such as pilchards, sardines, and mackerel. Sandwiches, salads, pasta bakes are all delicious ways you can add these Omega-rich ingredients to your diet.
If you don't eat fish or your budget is too tight for salmon, then consider a fish oil supplement. It is a great option for getting your daily dose of Omega-3 fatty acids. We love Sportron's Omegatone. It contains all the Omega-3 fatty acids that you'll find in a diet rich in fatty fish.
Have a variety of protein options
A braai every day might seem like a dream come true to many South Africans but it can have nightmarish consequences for your overall health. Too much red meat can raise your blood cholesterol levels and raise your risk of heart disease. Be flexible and include leaner meats in your eating plan.
Perhaps you are open to trying one or two meatless days a week? Canned beans, chickpeas, and lentils can be excellent sources of protein and fibre, and can easily be mixed and blended into any dish.
Stock-up on healthy snacks
Panic buying can lead to panic decisions. Stop. Breathe. And take a moment to recollect your thoughts in the shopping aisle. Yes, processed tinned foods might sound like the easiest and most affordable option; but are often high in saturated fat, sugars, and salt.
Rather stock up on nuts, cheese, yoghurt, chopped or dried fruits, and boiled eggs. These foods are nutritious and keep you full for longer.
Stay home. Stay Healthy.
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