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Stock Up! How To Boost Your Immune System during COVID-19

As we start to feel the full effect of COVID-19, it’s important to stay on top of not just your oral and vision health, but your immune health as well. You’re probably wondering how to keep up your immune system when each trip to the grocery store brings a sense of dread because you can’t find anything you need on the empty shelves? Have no fear! Here are 5 easy to find food items you can stock up on each trip to help you and your family stay healthy.

1. Fruits

We’re not just talking about any type of fruit – go for the citrus options like grapefruits, oranges, lemons and limes! Citrus fruits are filled with vitamin C which helps build up your immunity as well as creates white blood cells, which are key to fighting off infections! Make sure to brush your teeth after eating these fruits as the acidity can damage your tooth enamel.

2. Vegetables

Your mom was right when she told you to eat your vegetables. Besides building strong, healthy bones, they provide vitamins such as A, C and E, plus minerals and antioxidants. Did you know they’re also a great source of calcium? Add veggies like broccoli, spinach, and bell peppers to your next meal at the dinner table to help boost your immune system.

3. Almonds

A great snack option -- almonds are full of vitamin E, which is a great immune booster! Almonds also have a lot of healthy fats which keep you feeling satisfied. You can add almonds to just about any meal or combine it with a dessert, but remember they’re best consumed in moderation.

4. Turmeric

Known as a superfood of the spice world, turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants that can help you fight off infections. Did you know that this spice is also great for your oral health? It really is true that great things come in small packages! 

5. Meat

Poultry and shellfish are full of zinc, which our bodies need in order for our immune system to function. It’s important not to overdo your zinc intake though, as that can hinder your immune health. The daily recommended amount for men is 11 grams and 8 grams for women. These are also great for your vision health!

Your immune health is so important, especially in difficult times like these. Don’t panic or go to the grocery store with dread! Make sure you and your family keep taking the proper precautions and stock up on all these goodies to help keep your immunity in check! Did you know that certain foods can also help or hinder your eyesight? Download our infographic to see what food items to look out for!

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