Diet and gut bacteria play a huge role in keeping our immune system healthy. Diet influences gut bacteria. The relationship between our diet and gut bacteria regulates how our immune cells behave. Although there is not a specific diet for the coronavirus, dietary choices are important for immune system support. A balance of foods that contain prebiotics and probiotics are essential for a healthy microbiome. Probiotic foods contain good bacteria. Prebiotic foods contain fiber that gut bacteria feed on. Important nutrients that support the immune system include vitamins A, C, and D, and the mineral zinc.
- Probiotic-rich foods: Yogurt, kefir, kombucha, tempeh, kimchi, miso, sourdough bread, sauerkraut
- Prebiotic-rich foods: Oats, asparagus, bananas, apples, onions, flaxseed, cocoa
- Vitamin A-rich foods: Sweet potato, spinach, carrots, ricotta cheese, cantaloupe
- Vitamin C-rich foods: Red pepper, orange, grapefruit, kiwifruit, broccoli
- Vitamin D-rich foods: Fortified foods, fatty fish, sun exposure
- Zinc-rich foods: Oysters, beef, crab. lobster, baked beans, pumpkin seeds
The best overall diet is the Mediterranean Diet. For a modern approach to this diet, read my award-winning lifestyle cookbook: Beyond The Mediterranean Diet: European Secrets Of The Super-Healthy.
Don’t forget to stay active, drink plenty of water and get lots of sleep! Wash hands often and carefully, and maintain a 6-foot distance from others to stay healthy.