With a “safer at home” order in place, we need to stay at home as much as possible to protect the health and safety of ourselves, our neighbors, and our communities. During these unprecedented times, we might want to turn to comfort foods to ease stress or anxiety, and although they may taste delicious, overly processed foods can actually reduce our body’s ability to ward off disease. Instead, says Vanessa Fernandez, a nutrition specialist who manages the food pharmacy program at Venice Family Clinic, we should consider foods that nourish our body and help us fight infection.
You need a variety of nutrients to keep your immune system functioning optimally. Many frozen, canned, and dry goods are high in the vitamins and minerals our bodies need– we’ve listed some great options below. Be mindful of sodium content in canned and frozen foods, especially if you have hypertension or follow a low-sodium diet.
Add these immune-boosting foods to your next grocery list: