7 Delicious Ways to Eat More Immune-Boosting Vitamin C
With coronavirus and regular cold and flu season concerns in full force, you're likely thinking about ways to strengthen your immune system. And for good reason: taking proactive measures to boost your immunity is imperative.
The good news is, the key to keeping your immune system strong is right in front of you: On your plate, and in your pantry or freezer. "Good hygiene, getting adequate sleep, and eating a well-balanced diet all play an important role in preventing and increasing resilience to infection," says Anisha Patel, MD, MSPH.
A healthy immune system relies on a balanced variety of vitamins and minerals over time, which is why it's so important to ensure consistent, positive eating habits. Your immune system is exactly that, a system, which requires ongoing care and maintenance to function well.
Increasing fruits and vegetables and reducing added sugar, are all part of a healthful, balanced diet. While no one vitamin is the star of the show when it comes to immunity, boosting vitamin C and probiotics can help to support recovery from viral infections. Vitamin C supports immune system function and iron absorption, and because your body doesn't produce or store vitamin C, daily intake through the foods you eat is a top priority.
We sat down with Jennifer Tyler Lee, author of Half the Sugar, All the Love: 100 Easy, Low-Sugar Recipes for Every Meal of the Day and nutrition expert Kelly Springer, RD, the creator of of Kelly's Choice, to learn the easiest ways to eat more vitamin C (and less added sugar) from what's already right in your kitchen.
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