Nourish the body, support the immune system

Eating healthy food—along with getting adequate sleep, exercise, and managing stress—can help the body maintain a strong immune system. In a May 14, 2020 post on Thrive Global, Lilian Cheung, lecturer and director of health promotion and communication in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, offered tips for what to eat to help our bodies fight infection during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. They include:

Noting that many people are craving comfort foods at this time, Cheung wrote that it’s ok to eat them in moderation. Don’t eat so much of them that they take the place of healthy food that helps maintain the immune system, she advised. But when a craving hits, she wrote, “pause and take a few in breaths and out breaths to be fully present with your craving. Take the comfort food you really want and put it on a plate. Eat mindfully, savoring each bite.”

Read the Thrive Global post: 5 Nutrition Tips to Support a Healthy Immune System