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How to boost your immune system during these chaotic times

www.pexels.comWhile hand washing, self-isolation and social distancing are the best ways to keep the coronavirus away, having a strong immune system is key to keeping you healthy at any time of the year.

Your immune system basically protects you and your body from illness, but for it to look after you, you need to look after it. One of the best things you can do for this, is to eat a healthy diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as keeping the junk food down and water intake up.

Yes, some shops are seeing issues with panic buying, but we have some suggestions of foods that are still on the shelves that will keep your immune system up so you can fight whatever comes your way, and remember, that if fresh options aren’t out there, canned, frozen and dried food is still as good, and sometimes even better for you.

Broccoli
We love broccoli because it is totally jam packed with vitamins A, C and E and comes with a dose of choline which is good for your gut. Yes, you can heat broccoli, but try to eat it raw if you can as this way your get more nutrition as you aren’t cooking away the goodness your immune system needs. Sprouts, kale and cauliflower are also brilliant for wellbeing and from what we have seen, there are still plenty of those on the shelves and in the freezer isles.

Chillies
Both green and red chillies are incredible immune boosters because they simply explode with vitamin A and C as well as capsaicin which is helpful for clearing congestion and phlegm. Use them in salads, a spicy chilli con carne and tacos and add to soups and stir fries for a powerful immunity kick – just make sure you have a glass of water close by.

Citrus fruits
Be it oranges, tangerines, grapefruit or limes, these are all a brilliant source of the vitamin C that is so good at fighting off infections and illnesses. Vitamin C can’t be stored by your body, therefore it is a good idea to eat foods that are rich in vitamin C every day which also include carrots, red and green peppers, kiwi, strawberries, and if all else fails, a glass or two of orange juice will help.

Vitamin A
When it comes to helping your body regulate its immune system so it can protect against infection, vitamin A rich foods are what the doctor ordered. Broccoli (again), red bell peppers, and carrots are all ideas and are super easy to add to a variety of meals.

Zinc
You need to have zinc is you are going to produce infection fighting white blood cells, and it is pretty good and making sure you have super healthy hair, strong nails and glowing skin. You can get this from some seafood, eggs and chicken (think soup if you are already sick), but if supplies are low it’s also found in pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and cashew nuts, so add some into your diet to get some added immunity.

And we can’t go without telling you drink plenty of water. Our bodies need fluids, and even more so if it’s fighting illness, so lots of H2O and keep a renewable bottle with you when you are on the go so you don’t dehydrate.

Whatever you do, look after yourself and keep healthy and safe.

Team Pure Beauty

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